The expression “I’ve got nothing to hide” is deeply encumbered with flawed reasoning. The expression presumes that privacy is about hiding a wrong, but privacy is not about hiding illegal acts.

Privacy means not installing a public video camera above your toilet, or keeping birthday present purchases secret. A curt retort to “if you've nothing to hide” is “that's none of your beeswax.”

Without privacy, governments will abuse knowledge, rather than serve its people. The nothing to hide argument invites: