Privacy: Who Needs It?
American whistleblower Edward Snowden, who leaked highly classified information from the NSA and is now marooned in Russia, tries to convince John Stossel not to worry about privacy. “They’re trying to shape your behavior!” he warns. Stossel shot back with: “Americans by and large don’t care, and I mostly don’t care. I figure that teenage boy across the street could be picking up the stuff I send. The cork’s out of the bottle. What difference does it make?”
Snowden says Americans don’t care, because they don’t realize how the system and information is being used against them. He points out that we will feel pressured to “constrain our intellectual curiosity and, even frankly, our weirdnesses, because we could potentially someday be judged on the basis for it.” Tune in for more of this lively debate on the John Stossel channel.