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There are other things you can do to secure your own privacy, in addition to campaigning against ID cards.

a) Educate yourself about encryption, and get a copy of PGP for your computer. It doesn't cost much, and there are also free versions out there. Choose the biggest key you can, create a long passphrase that nobody else could guess (but one that you will absolutely never forget) - and never tell it to anyone. Think about what you're going to use for your passphrase for a while, before you create one. Register your public key, and encourage people to encrypt all e-mail - no matter how trivial. You should do the same, of course.

b) Get a Skype VoIP phone (or install the software on your PC, and get your friends and family to do the same). Skype is also encrypted by default, making it much harder for anybody to listen in as if they were invited. Don't accept eavesdropping! You can be absolutely sure your government doesn't.

c) Use this technology, and encourage your contacts to do the same. No encryption is feasible unless both sides can understand and use it. Anyone who accuses you of having "something to hide" should ask the challenger if they keep their bedroom curtains open when they get dressed. Well, do they?

Why do this? There are a number of cases involving espionage. A German inventor named Wobben came up with a new generator (his company builds wind turbines). It was the culmination of years of research, and the NSA was snooping on Wobben (it could happen to you, too!) What did they do? They sold the technology to a US company, who then patented it before Wobben did. He then had to fight for the right to use his own technology!

Interesting link:

(Scroll down about 80% to see a table of espionage incidents - section 10.7, under "Published cases").

Privacy is something you have to take personal responsibity for. Nobody else is going to close your bedroom curtains for you - they'll just gawk at you. It's time to pull them closed, yourself. Making your position on ID cards known to your MP can't hurt, either.
A N Onymous, 15 years ago.

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