Friday, August 19, 2011

Governments Agree: You Will Have No Electronic Privacy by Mark Nestmann

Governments Agree: You Will Have No Electronic Privacy by Mark Nestmann:

“Don’t change a winning strategy.”
You Will Have No Electronic Privacy
Mark Nestmann on government's nefarious scheme to strip you naked.


Nowhere is this truism more slavishly followed than in the global campaign to eliminate financial and electronic privacy.

The strategy is simple. First, the governments that find privacy inconvenient create a purportedly independent commission, funded by a non-governmental entity, such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

The purpose of the commission is to find a solution to a “problem.” The problem could be the disturbing tendency of individuals to take measures so as not to have their wealth confiscated. Or, their equally disturbing desire not to have their communications monitored.

The commission establishes “minimum standards” to deal with the problem. These standards often run roughshod over human rights protections established over centuries and enshrined in national constitutions. Nonetheless, influential organizations publish reports calling for the minimum standards to be adopted globally.

Politicians clamor that the severity of the crisis de jour overrides any concern for human rights. Most countries make the necessary accommodations, and the standards eventually become law.

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