Pri­vacy’s un­nat­u­ral death

Cy­ber spy­ing is the stuff of 1990s Hol­ly­wood block­busters: meets Ex­cept, if you ask any ex­pert, mass sur­veil­lance is no longer fic­tion glam­ourised by scriptwrit­ers. With more in­for­ma­tion be­ing leaked by whistle­blow­ers such as Ed­ward Snow­den, cy­ber ex­pert

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“Be­ing on the In­ter­net makes any­thing in­her­ently sub­ject to re­view by third par­ties,” states Mike Sil­ber, South African lawyer and in­ter­net pol­icy ac­tivist. “Elec­tronic data’s big­gest strength is also its big­gest weak­ness: the fact that it is in­cred­i­bly easy to both copy and dis­trib­ute.” How­ever, he clar­i­fies that the In­ter­net has mech­a­nisms in place to send ‘sealed couri­ers’ at ‘pre­mium rates’. David Luyt, law- of-tech­nol­ogy at­tor­ney at Michal­sons At­tor­neys, ex­plains that in his view, de­spite what many be­lieve, pri­vacy has not died a nat­u­ral death; “It is more ac­cu­rate to say that pri­vacy is dead be­cause we killed it and still to­day, it is some­what in our con­trol,” he says. Mur­ray Hunter, na­tional spokesper­son of the Right2Know Cam­paign, agrees that the state­ment that ‘pri­vacy is dead’, so of­ten bandied about lately, is too sim­plis­tic. “Pri­vacy is dead, but not for the rea­son that most peo­ple say. What they mean is that it is im­pos­si­ble for us to op­er­ate within this so­ci­ety with all of the prod­ucts and ser­vices avail­able to us while main­tain­ing our pri­vacy, and I don’t think that is true,” he says.

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