Quotes: John Perry Barlow on Privacy

“Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.”

John Perry Barlow


Quote – Dame Stella Rimington

It would be better that the Government recognised that there are risks, rather than frightening people in order to be able to pass laws which restrict civil liberties, precisely one of the objects of terrorism: that we live in fear and under a police state.
Quote by Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, about the increase in state surveillance in the UK

Quote – Bruce Schneier

It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state.

Bruce Schneier

Quote – Bruce Schneier

“The whole notion of passwords is based on an oxymoron. The idea is to have a random string that is easy to remember. Unfortunately, if it’s easy to remember, it’s something nonrandom like ‘Susan.’ And if it’s random, like ‘r7U2*Qnp,’ then it’s not easy to remember.”

– Bruce Schneier

Quote: Litigation

A cigarette packet carries the warning that smoking can kill you. Solicitors’ standard terms of business should carry a warning that litigation can cost you.

For litigation is an inherently risky business: there are no certain winners; and very often even the fruits of success are never recovered……The moral is caveat litigator.”

Lord Justice Ward

Quotes: Surveillance and Privacy

“There can be no justification for this gradual but incessant creep towards every detail about us being recorded and pored over by the state”

Lord Goodlad Chairman of House of Lords Select Committee into privacy, surveillance, and the effects on civilians.

Quotes: CCTV

People clamour for the feeling of safety which cameras give

Assistant Chief Constable of Mersyside Simon Byrne.