Privacy or Security? The Debate Continues

Growing up in Sri Lanka, during a Civil War, privacy was not the priority; it was security. We were all required to carry Identification Cards with our names, address, religion and ethnicity, and being stopped by police forces at various ‘checkpoints’ to be ‘inspected’ was a common aspect of our lives. So when I heard of the Indian government’s potential ban on BlackBerry Services until its manufacturer RIM (Research in Motion) agreed to provide access to its encrypted messages, my reaction was simply “Oh, okay.”

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