Leiden Safety & Security Blog | Secrecy All The Way Down
4 Mar 2019

Leiden Safety & Security Blog | Secrecy All The Way Down


In this new blog post for the Leiden Safety and Security blog, Ilina Georgieva discusses the tension between what intelligence agencies do and how the public reacts to it by looking into the underlying logics of secrecy.

In the last two decades a lot has been said about the relationship between liberty and security, liberty and secrecy, and of course, about the role of the ‘deep state’ in contributing to security by means of secrecy among other. The intelligence community has been both praised and bashed for data collection successes and failures and has found itself in the spotlight of the public debate on legitimate means and boundaries when tending to its business.

A number of developments have followed those clashes between the public and one of the oldest trades. As a response to systematic foreign surveillance measures, for instance, the EU enacted a comprehensive data protection legislation. At the same time, however, many of those EU jurisdictions implemented comprehensive intelligence reforms and codified some of those notoriously complained about and previously unregulated intelligence practices. Thus, little to nothing changed in the good old liberty vs. security or liberty vs. secrecy paradigm...

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