Without secrecy, the state cannot protect its citizens. The public should therefore not have a universal right to transparency.
Surveillance can’t be stopped. But instead of isolating ourselves and trying to seal off our secrets we should expose them, and the snoopers surrounding us. For the illusory fantasy of absolute privacy has come to an end.
The trouble with secrecy and transparency goes back a long way. To understand why we need secrets we must take a look at history and the British postal service of the nineteenth century.