It's going to be a little (or a lot, rather) harder for those who subscribe to the belief that “if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear” to make their case when the director of the FBI has made it publicly known that he takes steps to conceal personal information and activity.
“Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist and a senior policy analyst with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, accused Comey of having a double standard for his own privacy:
He piled on with a little Twitter sarcasm:
It's worth noting that Comey made the webcam remark in the context of a larger comment about the need for the public to keep an eye on how government uses its surveillance powers. ‘[The public should] demand to know how the government conducts surveillance. Demand to know how they're overseen, how they're constrained. Demand to know how these devices work,' he said.
But as the San Bernardino iPhone fight made clear, the privacy debate in the U.S. is no longer just about legal processes and judicial oversight. It's about whether unhackable devices should be allowed to exist, warrant or no warrant. And a taped-over webcam is about as unhackable as a device can get.”