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Switzerland: 'Do we have security, and at what cost to privacy?' asks Davos panel01:37

Switzerland: 'Do we have security, and at what cost to privacy?' asks Davos panel

Switzerland, Davos
January 22, 2014 at 12:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Switzerland: 'Do we have security, and at what cost to privacy?' asks Davos panel

Shyam Sankar, director of Forward Engineering at Palantir Technologies, questioned the relationship between privacy and security while speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos on Wednesday.

The director of the Palo Alto-based software company said: "I think it would be appropriate to actually model the lack of privacy as a threat to security. Because a lack of faith that people have to the state is actually a threat to the state."

He continued: "In the same way, this is probably and analogy that's more accessible to those in the security apparatus, but in the same way that you pursue to counter intelligence threats with incredible vigour, you need to pursue privacy threats with incredible vigour. They are equally challenging threats to the state."

Founded in 2002, Palantir Technologies creates software for visualizing and analysing several kinds of data, including unstructured, temporal and geospatial. Their suite of software applications are used in the intelligence, defence, and law enforcement realms.

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Switzerland: 'Do we have security, and at what cost to privacy?' asks Davos panel

Shyam Sankar, director of Forward Engineering at Palantir Technologies, questioned the relationship between privacy and security while speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos on Wednesday.

The director of the Palo Alto-based software company said: "I think it would be appropriate to actually model the lack of privacy as a threat to security. Because a lack of faith that people have to the state is actually a threat to the state."

He continued: "In the same way, this is probably and analogy that's more accessible to those in the security apparatus, but in the same way that you pursue to counter intelligence threats with incredible vigour, you need to pursue privacy threats with incredible vigour. They are equally challenging threats to the state."

Founded in 2002, Palantir Technologies creates software for visualizing and analysing several kinds of data, including unstructured, temporal and geospatial. Their suite of software applications are used in the intelligence, defence, and law enforcement realms.