Alvaro M. Bedoya in Slate
There was a time when it was essentially illegal to be gay. There was a time when it was legal to own people—and illegal for them to run away. Sometimes, society gets it wrong. And it’s not just nameless bureaucrats; it’s men like Thomas Jefferson. When that happens, strong privacy protections—including collection controls that let people pick who gets their data, and when—allow the persecuted and unpopular to survive. Privacy is a shield for the weak. The ubiquitous collection of our data—coupled with after-the-fact use restrictions—would take that shield away and replace it with promises.