The whole conference has spent a lot of time talking about ways to control uses of information and to protect peoples’ privacy after the information was collected. But that only works if you assume a good government. If we get one seriously bad government, they’ll have all the information they need to make an efficient police state and make it the last government. It’s more than convenient for them – in fact, it’s a temptation for people who want to do that, to try to get into power and do it. Because we are giving them the means.
A transcript of remarks given at the First Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy, March 28,1991
[See also my Jews In The Attic Test.–Joe]