Trading Privacy and Freedom for Security

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

  • “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
  • “Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.”
  • “He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.”

Video Synopsis

Must we give up privacy and freedom to gain national security? Would we be safer with a totalitarian police state or fascist dictatorship?

In this video, Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses Apple’s encryption and privacy policies, as well as governance issues, with WSJ’s Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker at the Wall Street Journal’s technology conference in Laguna Beach, California, in October 2015.

This short excerpt video clip is being shared here for educational purposes only in a Fair Use capacity to be used as a supportive curriculum resource for discussions on governance.

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“Terms and Conditions May Apply” – Documentary Film about Right to Privacy and Government Collusion with Business

Terms and Conditions May Apply is a documentary film about how citizens as consumers are giving away their privacy and other rights by means of software agreements and other contracts. The video is available for viewing on demand and download from Vimeo.

The movie explores how we’re enticed to relinquish our right to privacy and release our private personal data to companies that buy and resell it as a commodity.

Such practices erode democracy because they permit expansive monitoring and manipulation of people.