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Re: On the european response to Snowden

From: Rigo Wenning <rigo@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:52:53 +0100
To: public-privacy@w3.org
Cc: David Singer <singer@apple.com>
Message-ID: <1603764.HuYCCyVQ6T@hegel>
On Monday 26 January 2015 9:52:35 David Singer wrote:
> interesting article
> <http://www.ecfr.eu/publications/summary/mass_surveillance_privacy_and_secur
> ity_europes_confused_response329>


The privacy regulation is under way and shall be voted in 2015. But it only 
touches on data protection and communications of the private sector. 

There is a parallel "Directive" on data protection in government. Directive 
means that it isn't directly nationally applicable (the regulation above will 
be). A Directive needs a national legislative act to be effective. This 
Directive touches on the issue of Pervasive Monitoring. There is debate, but 
the debate is somewhat silenced by other issues, like Greece, the war in 
Ukraine. Also the freedom of speech against islamist threatening is at the 
forefront as you can imagine

BTW, while the discussion is somewhat low in France, Italy and Greece, the 
debate on Pervasive Monitoring is happening in the Netherlands, Germany and 
Belgium. There is certainly a tension between what governments would like to 
do and what the population is willing to let them do in terms of surveillance. 

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