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Data Protection and Privacy

The protection of personal data and privacy is an increasingly hot  political issue concerning  the European Union. This section will report on the controversies entailed in the processing of the  Regulation on Protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation). The rapporteur was German Green lawyer, MEP Jan Albrecht. He had a tough time and ultimately produced a compromise that was not entirely satisfactory for either industry of citizen advocates.

If you are interested in data protection policy and the genesis of the GDPR,   you may like my book The Closing of the Net which discusses how the policy was influenced by State and non-State actors.



The European Parliament yesterday voted on a Resolution regarding PRISM – the  spy system used by United States government agencies to look at the emails and web browsing habits of EU citizens. The Resolution calls condemns the electronic surveillance of European citizens by the United States and by the UK governments,  but it falls a long way short of the expectations of citizens who feel that their privacy could have been put at risk.  In particular, it fails to take advantage of the EU-US trade talks (TTIP)  as a political weapon that could have been wielded to advantage.

Read more: PRISM: MEPs fall short of calling halt to trade talks

It may seem to be a paradox that a law concerning protection of people’s secrets should be legislated in the open, but in fact, the paradox is the other way around.

 Secret trilogue negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers are being proposed as a way to get around the impasse of 3000+ amendments on the Data Protection Regulation. It has been mooted that the trilogues could commence prior to the Parliament’s  Civil Liberties (LIBE) committee vote in October. But would such a move be ethical? And more importantly, what are the ethics of legislating on people’s privacy rights?

Read more: Cloak of secrecy hangs over EU privacy reform

 In the political battle over the European Data Protection Regulation, a vibrant front is emerging around the issue of profiling – the automated montoring of users Internet browsing habits.  What’s  at stake is whether or not profiling should come under the auspices of the regulator and what  level of regulatory control is appropriate. One argument concerns  whether or not data that has been processed under a “pseudonym” is  addressed by the regulations.  On this point, the European Data Protection Supervisor  has weighed in.

Read more: EU data privacy – profiling the battle front


States v the 'Net? 

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Copyright Enforcement Enigma launch, March 2012

In 2012, I presented my PhD research in the European Parliament.

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