Precautionary Principle

The precautionary principle is the point of view that a course of action should not be taken when it’s potential repercussions are not yet fully understood.

For example, some would say that we shouldn’t accept a new vaccine because there could be unknown side-effects or that we shouldn’t pursue Nuclear Energy because of the potential for disaster.

While it is always important to be cautious with new technology, this way of thinking often hinders progress towards technologies that have the potential to greatly help humanity. People will dismiss innovation because of it’s harm while ignoring it’s potential for good. (Digital Privacy)