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I think it is important to realize that the reason why we have so little privacy is for our own benefit. If you have nothing to hide there should be no problem. If the government didn't have to waste so much time chasing around people creating the means for bad guys to be more efficient.... more bad guys would get caught and everyone would be safer.
 
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(Or just satire that was a little subtle for me. ;-) )
 
+Ben » I'll assume that you're serious and say "you're wrong". Unless there is credible evidence that you've committed a crime (or will commit in the future) no-one have any business messing with anything you do or say.

The idea "if you have nothing to hide ..." is a false statement. It's a misunderstanding of privacy. Privacy isn't hiding everything but choosing what to reveal and as long as people (ie. the government) insist on poking around in business of regular people we must develop ways to (unfortunately) hide from our own government (how we got from "the government represents and serves the people" to the opposite I don't know).

Instead of reiterating the refutation to "if you have nothing to hide ..." I'll leave it up to you to read it for yourself: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=998565
 
+Ben » Nice dodging of my point. In case you missed it my point was that your premise that "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" is false. The paper I linked demonstrates this (and therefore you should read it).

Now, to indulge your red herring, been there, done that. We (as in people taking the class I took this semester) actually decrypted some of Microsofts encryption for Word and so on (and used John the Ripper and oclHashcat). Aside from this, courts in the US are currently undecided regarding the possibility of forcing people to hand over the key to <whatever encrypted> (you know, that annoying thing called "the constitution" that stands in the way).

Before you throw another herring at me, please go and read the paper I linked and try to ignore the confirmation bias that will arise.
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