Issue 3: “Five-eyed Snoopy” – State on State intelligence gathering and confidential trade secrets.

In this third issue on privacy we are entering into the world of spying - which is quite distinct to the issues on privacy discussed in earlier posts. Given that the EU has no “Homeland Security” or MI5/MI6 types milling outside the Berlaymont building what is the EU perspective on spying?  The EU, after all, …

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Issue 2: “Big Brother”- state security and privacy

Should security trump privacy rights? That is the key question that frames this aspect of the privacy debate. Many argue yes.  The only way in which a democratic State can outwit those intent on destroying our value system is for each and everyone of us to accept that the State, in pursuit of terrorists, should …

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Issue 1: “Little Brother” and the commercialisation of data

Data has been described by some analysts as the new oil, capable of offering investors a lucrative, profitable return on their investment. Is this true? Can data really be worth as much as crude? Traditional advertising has always been a profitable exercise but when has it ever been compared to black gold? Never. Targeted advertising …

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An open debate on privacy: EU Perspective’s response to President Obama’s challenge

Following the PRISM revelations at the beginning of June, President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged us all to an open debate on the seemingly inherent conflict between state security and privacy rights. With on-line data protection in the throes of the EU legislative process, now would indeed appear to be a good …

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