„We need to codify our values and build consensus around what we want from a free society and a free internet. We need to put into law protections for our privacy and our right to speak and assemble.“
— Heather Brooke American journalist 1970
The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/20/we-should-all-be-hactivists "We should all be hacktivists now", Column in the Guardian, 20 April 2012.
„The emphasis must not be on the right to abortion but on the right to privacy and reproductive control.“
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1933
Interview, Ms. (New York), April 1974
„If the right to privacy means anything, it is the right of the individual, married or single, to be free from unwarranted government intrusion into matters so fundamentally affecting a person as the decision whether to bear or begat a child.“
— William J. Brennan American judge 1906 - 1997
Writing for the court, Eisenstadt v. Baird, 405 U.S. 438 (1972).
— Salil Shetty human rights campaigner 1961
World Economic Forum, Davos 2014: Top quotes of the day https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2014/01/top-10-quotes-day-davos-2014-one/, January 22, 2014
„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 Snowden American whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor 1982
Reddit, May 21, 2015 https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/36ru89/just_days_left_to_kill_mass_surveillance_under/crglgh2
„There doesn’t seem to be any law that’s there to protect the citizens from massive State surveillance. We have to collectively come up with some fundamental values around people’s right to privacy, the right to be left alone from government, and rights to free speech.“
— Heather Brooke American journalist 1970
International Journalism Festival http://www.journalismfestival.com/news/heather-brooke-antitrust-legislation-needed-to-keep-the-internet-free/ Interview with Fabio Chiusi, 12 April 2012.
„A man who loses his privacy loses everything. And a man who gives it up of his own free will is a monster.“
— Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
„It is also crucial to bear in mind the interconnection between the Decalogue... and its modern obverse, the celebrated 'human Rights'. As the experience of our post-political liberal-permissive society amply demonstrates, human Rights are ultimately, at their core, simply Rights to violate the Ten Commandments. 'The right to privacy' — the right to adultery, in secret, where no one sees me or has the right to probe my life. 'The right to pursue happiness and to possess private property' -- the right to steal (to exploit others). 'Freedom of the press and of the expression of opinion' -- the right to lie. 'The right of free citizens to possess weapons' -- the right to kill. And, ultimately, 'freedom of religious belief' — the right to worship false gods.“
— Slavoj Žižek Slovene philosopher 1949
The Fragile Absolute: or, why is the Christian legacy worth fighting for?
— Phil Zimmermann creator of Pretty Good Privacy 1954
Why I Wrote PGP http://www.philzimmermann.com/EN/essays/WhyIWrotePGP.html, Part of the original 1991 PGP User's Guide (updated in 1999)
„To change your mind and to follow him who sets you right is to be nonetheless the free agent that you were before.“
— Marcus Aurelius Emperor of Ancient Rome 121 - 180
Remember that to change thy opinion and to follow him who corrects thy error is as consistent with freedom as it is to persist in thy error. (Long translation) VIII, 16
„On the one hand, I want to be very open about everything, On the other, I heavily defend people’s right to privacy.“
— Aaron Swartz computer programmer and internet-political activist 1986 - 2013
Context: On the one hand, I want to be very open about everything, On the other, I heavily defend people’s right to privacy. Of course, as you point out, keeping your privacy is hard because if you slip once, it’s out there forever. I’m not sure what to say to people who want to protect their privacy except, be careful when you give out private information and think about where it could end up.
— Cory Doctorow Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author 1971