There is so much debate about privacy and security especially in New Zealand with the highly controversial Government Communications Security Bureau getting the ability to spy on New Zealand citizens in our own country. It is absolutely right to be concerned about it. The “nothing to hide , nothing to fear” argument is flawed at best. Privacy is a right that needs to be protected.
An important questions is this…
Who determines what is right or wrong?
Yes there are bad people in the world, yes there are criminal elements that want to harm and destroy others for personal gain. There are misguided groups and ideologies that are also set on the destruction of others. Not many would disagree that these need to be stopped. We may not want outlawed gang members to be able to freely associate together, but what about far right (or left) extremists or religious fanatics?
- How far should the rule of law go?
- Who determines what level of “extremes” or “fanaticism” are?
- What about those who just simply disagree with you?
- Where is the boundary between that which acceptable and that which is not?
- Who legislates that?
- Who enforces it?
- Who determines that an ideology or belief should be banned or promoted?
- What are the values and agenda of the law makers?
- Who is to say they are right in their judgement?
- Who will hold them to account?
- Freedom of association is important but to what level? Who determines that?
No answers here just questions.