12 June 2013

Privacy is a human right

In the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal, everyone is talking about personal privacy.

When I brought up the subject recently on my Facebook page, a wise person commented that privacy should be a human right.

In fact, it is a human right, enshrined in Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."
While President Obama is correct when he tells us that we must strike a balance between privacy and security, the administration needs to keep in mind that privacy is essential to freedom, and security without freedom is the antithesis of what our Founding Fathers intended.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

So what do we deserve?

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