Privacy versus Security

  • September 8, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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As President Obama recently said: “You can’t have 100% security and also then have 100% privacy and zero inconvenience”. This issue, which took center stage after the 9/11 attacks, has recently been re-ignited with Edward Snowden’s leak of sensitive US intelligence, revealing just how much information the NSA can obtain about its citizens.

So where do we strike the balance of allowing the Government to obtain telephone and other data versus our rights to privacy as granted by the 4th Amendment. According to the Pew Research Institute, a majority of Americans, 56%, say the National Security Agency’s (NSA) program tracking the telephone records of millions of Americans is an acceptable way for the government to investigate terrorism, though a substantial minority – 41% – say it is unacceptable.

What are other countries doing?

What do you think about privacy versus security?

References are below. 

As always...

All views and political orientations are welcome.

We welcome beginners and policy wonks alike. Feel free to join the discussion or just to listen and learn.

If you sign up and change your mind, please change your reply so that someone else may attend.

Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.

References:  

History of the Privacy vs. Security Debate in the U.S. from the Bill of Rights to PRISM
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/it-security/infographic-wiretapping-privacy-vs-security/ 

Privacy versus Security: A Dilemma of the Digital Era http://www.freedomfromfearmagazine.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=314:privacy-vs-security-a-dilemma-of-the-digital-era&catid=50:issue-7&Itemid=187  

Americans Sharply Split on Privacy Issues 
http://nation.time.com/2013/08/01/americans-sharply-split-on-privacy-issues/ 

The Surveillance Society 
http://nation.time.com/2013/08/01/the-surveillance-society/ 

Snowden’s NSA Leak Spawns Global Debate Over Privacy versus National Security 
http://www.theworld.org/2013/07/snowdens-nsa-leaks-spawn-global-debate-over-privacy-vs-national-security/ 

Privacy and the Law: How the Supreme Court Defines a Controversial Right 
http://nation.time.com/2013/08/01/privacy-and-the-law-how-the-supreme-court-defines-a-controversial-right/ 

Majority Views NSA Phone Tracking as Acceptable Anti-terror Tactic (Pew Research Institute) 
http://www.people-press.org/2013/06/10/majority-views-nsa-phone-tracking-as-acceptable-anti-terror-tactic/


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  • Ramin F.

    Great meeting everyone and very enlightening conversation last Sunday:) I just finished reading a most fascinating book that puts almost everything about American foreign policy in very clear perspective:

    The Forty Years War.
    The Rise and Fall of the Neocons, from Nixon to Obama.
    Len Colodny and Tom Shachtman

    September 11, 2013

  • Lisa

    Fruitful discussion. Perhaps we should run the world:)

    September 9, 2013

  • Steve G.

    its always good to get together to discuss the current issues of the day with other intelligent and aware individuals. Good meeting as usual!

    1 · September 9, 2013

  • Jessica

    Sorry, I had something come up. Next time

    September 8, 2013

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