Well over a year ago, former NSA security contractor startled the world with leaked details of extensive U.S. spying, some of it on our own citizens. The debate continues between the "it's unconstitutional" camp and others who would say, "if you don't have anything to hide, then you have nothing to worry about."
Most people who claim to be A-OK with the NSA's all-access pass to your online presence will claim that they "have nothing to hide."
It makes sense. I'm willing to bet that all of my readers are good people. Many of you - me included - still feel uncomfortable about someone who we don't know having a porthole directly into everything that we've ever done online.
Well, journalist and privacy crusader Glenn Greenwald just came up with a bulletproof counter-argument to the "I'm a good person" defense. Greenwald was the first person that the notorious whistleblower (or traitor, depending on which side of the debate you're on) Edward Snowden contacted when he was planning to leak thousands of NSA documents.
In his latest TED talk, Greenwald explained a challenge he poses to anyone who claims to be a good enough person to give up all of their personal privacy:
I get out a pen. I write down my email address. I say, 'Here's my email address. What I want you to do when you get home is email me the passwords to all of your email accounts, not just the nice, respectable work one in your name, but all of them, because I want to be able to just troll through what it is you're doing online, read what I want to read and publish whatever I find interesting. After all, if you're not a bad person, if you're doing nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide.'