Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security

By Daniel J. Solove; Reviewed By Mayer Nudell, CSC

***** Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security. By Daniel J. Solove. Yale University Press,; 256 pages; $25.

Incidents that raise questions about online security and privacy rights are a common occurrence. Books about these issues are equally plentiful, but none that I have seen addresses the issue in more detail or with greater insight than this work by Daniel Solove, a professor at George Washington University’s Law School.

In Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security, Sol­ove expands on his previous work to examine how developments in technology have enhanced the ability of government and others who can afford it to track what we do, where we go, and other facets of our daily life—all in the name of enhanced security. In an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand book, Solove concisely reveals the fallacies of many security arguments that justify intrusions into our lives. He also provides cogent examples of how the security-privacy balance can be properly restored.

Solove provides a compelling case for swinging the pendulum back toward privacy and civil rights at a time when security threatens to become Orwellian. Security professionals have a special responsibility in this area, even if they are not government or corporate policy makers. As a group, our recommendations and advice play an important role in which security measures are selected and how they are implemented. It is incumbent on us to keep in mind that if we fail to properly protect the rights and privileges that make us and our institutions targets, ultimately we have not succeeded no matter how “secure” we become.

Reviewer: Mayer Nudell, CSC (Certified Security Consultant), is an independent consultant on crisis management, contingency planning, travel security, and related issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Webster University. His publications include: The Handbook for Effective Emergency and Crisis Management and No One a Neutral: Political Hostage-Taking in the Modern World. He is a member of ASIS International.



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