Tuesday, 29 October 2013
RSA Conference: Anonymity is the Enemy of Privacy
‘Anonymity is the Enemy of Privacy’ was a point stressed by Art Coviello, the Executive Chairman of RSA, in the opening keynote of the RSA Conference Europe 2013. This point is controversial to say the least, especially to a European audience, with mainly Europeans still rocking in the wake of the massive NSA covert internet surveillance allegations against European leaders, and millions of EU citizens.
Many privacy advocates hold a polar opposite view to Art, believing anonymity online is a fundamental ingredient for online privacy. Art's perspective also highlights the difference in attitudes towards privacy harboured between the United States and Europe. The European Union was built on its citizen rights, including the right to privacy, a right the EU wishes to see exercised online, whereas the US view tends to be 'privacy is dead', believing the right to online privacy has been given up and the privacy fight lost.