There are good reasons to safeguard our privacy.
Privacy is important for creativity . . . for learning . . . for innovation.
For most of us, it’s hard to create something with someone looking over your shoulder. For many of us, it is hard to learn when we feel we are being watched. It’s even difficult to invent something new. All of these things are true because we can’t create, learn or innovate without taking a risk, whether it’s the risk of being judged, the risk of appearing stupid or the risk of being wrong.
Privacy is important for free speech.
Without the right to privacy people can’t safely discuss controversial topics — much less change the world — without exposing ourselves to repercussions. If we aren’t free to think what we want, if what we say can cost us our livelihood, or even our freedom, most of us will keep silent.
Privacy is important for intimacy.
Human beings need to be able to share our innermost thoughts with friends and loved ones.
Most important of all, privacy is important for our personal security.
We want to protect our possessions, but it is even more important to protect ourselves and our families.
That’s why we have curtains on our windows. And locks on the doors of our homes. It’s why we seal our mail. And lock our phones. It’s why we use passwords online.
Our privacy Canadians is supposed to be protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. And The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But we now know governments and law enforcement agencies are using technology to spy on citizens. Without warrants.
Canada’s CSEC is part of NSA’s Five Eyes spy network. They’re not spying on bad guys, they are spying on us.