Encryption. Everywhere.

After a week with more than the average number of conversations about SSL, TLS, Extended Validation, SNI, cyphers, and compliance I discovered this on an image somewhere… and bothered to look it up.

It is my belief that access to strong encryption should be free, and that it should be as transparent as possible. To all of those who are now SSL’ing their sites, TLS’ingtheir emails yet still cling on to their “well I have nothing to hide” ….¬†and still believe that “there is no reason they would compromise my email or site” – I give you this solid gold extract… which whether you think he did a good or a bad thing holds water:

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say” — Edward Snowdon.

What is it with the general malaise and disinterest? I really do not understand it.

One of the articles I found after fact checking it – went on to say:

Snowden added that people who use the “I have nothing to hide” line don’t understand the basic foundation of human rights. “Nobody needs to justify why they ‘need’ a right,” he said. “The burden of justification falls on the one seeking to infringe upon the right.”

If one person chooses to disregard his right to privacy, that doesn’t automatically mean everyone should follow suit, either. “You can’t give away the rights of others because they’re not useful to you,” Snowden said. “More simply, the majority cannot vote away the natural rights of the minority.”

Bravo that man.

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