I’ve got nothing to hide…

“I’ve got nothing to hide” is a common retort from people who are blasé about privacy.  Their point is that they have done nothing wrong, so they don’t care how much of their information and habits are public.

The flaw in that retort is that information about us can be used in many ways and for many things that we might not expect.  And things that we may think are normal and innocuous may be offensive to others who can make life difficult because of it.  For example, the US Justice department is trying to get the names of over a million people who visited an anti-Trump website from Dreamhost.  Using a VPN gets more attractive every day.

For more on this, I’ve written about it here and here.  For a deeper dive see this academic paper.

Cross-posted to Slaw