Defending privacy

To argue that ‘if you have nothing to fear, you have nothing to hide’ is to assume that government always does good. For if government has a right to pry and a capacity to do what is wrong it will use its power of surveillance and its monopoly on violence to control the efforts of those citizens fighting for what is right. Therefore, to willingly forgo privacy is to believe it impossible that government could ever use its power for an ignoble cause, or not to care that it is possible.