Security vs. Privacy

*in the form of a rhetorical précis*

Tal Kopan, in her essay written on December 18th, 2015 from CNN, “Obama to Sign Cybersecurity Bill as Privacy Advocates Fume”, argues that even though there are many pros and cons to the cybersecurity bill, that the majority of society are against this bill. The cybersecurity bill allows companies to have legal cover to share data about cyberattacks with each other and with the government. The purpose of this legislation is to protect these stated companies from being sued for sharing that information, and also allowing companies to share information with one another in hacking cases to further defend their computer networks from future hackers. Kopan supports this statement by first utilizing quotes from various significant knowledgeable officials from highly esteemed technological institutes discussing about several hacking cases from large companies such as Sony; then Kopan brings up the topic about the problem of security versus privacy with the passing of this cybersecurity bill, where many are concerned with the information that is exchanged due to there being a possibility for the Defense Department and NSA utilizing this information for other reasons. Kopan’s purpose is to compare the differing point of views between the positive and negative aspects of the cybersecurity bill. She adopts a subtle opposition towards the signing of the cybersecurity bill due to its ability in violating the privacy of the American populace.

What’s your opinion on cybersecurity in first-world countries such as the United States? Do you think security, even with all marginal costs, has much more marginal benefits in comparison?

What do you think?


One thought on “Security vs. Privacy

  1. I don’t want to be the next conspiracy thinker, but there will always be back doors or wholes, and if there aren’t someone will dig through, so these are all a bunch of strategies to legitimate the violation of privacy. They are already doing it, so let’s let them know in a fancy way and make them believe that they chose it in the first place.

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