I want to just state something in which I firmly believe: Privacy is a human right.
That has implications in our digital age, and in times when fear has taken hold. So allow me to propose privacy as a priority, by which I simply mean this:
Privacy is an absolute.
Privacy wins over every other concern.
That means that privacy wins over security.
That means that privacy wins over public health.
That mean that privacy wins over everything.
If it does not, if we allow it to be sacrificed even a little for even what we might perceive as a noble cause, then it means nothing at all. It is gone.
And if it is gone, then we are no longer free. The nature of our humanity is fundamentally altered for the worse.
The choice to uphold privacy over other concerns will mean increased risk. It means that we will need to give up the illusion of safety as a state that we can reach.
Life involves risk. We need to learn to live with that.