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Privacy is a historical blip

The sort of privacy you protect with a towel and the sort of privacy you protect with a 256-bit block cypher aren’t all that different

By Sam Leith   October 2015

PICTURE POSED BY MODEL File photo dated 21/08/15 of a married man looking at the Ashley Madison website, as parliamentary computers have been used to log onto crisis hit adultery website.

Picture me, if you will, on a Cornish beach this summer, doing something generations of British men have done. I refer, of course, to the awkward towel-dance: the corners of a small beach towel tweezed at hip-height between the fingers of one hand, while with the other hand I attempt to extricate myself from a damp pair of swimming shorts. I resemble a drunken baby giraffe. The hips gyrate; the balance shifts; the towel gapes…

What on earth is all this about? Why, I’m protecting my privacy.…

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