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With fears increasing over snooping states and phone hacking, how do we balance privacy and security? Bruce Schneier says we must face up to a stark choice.

We now live in one world, one network, one technology, says Bruce Schneier, security technologist and chief technology officer of Co3 Systems, which means we can’t create technological systems that distinguishes legality or morality. In other words, we need to choose between security and surveillance: we can only build technologies that are secure for all users, or are vulnerable to all attackers.

Schneier spoke at BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit in New York on 21 October.

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