Posted on Friday 17th of October by sarah
How times change… Just a year or two ago, we were being told that the fight against terrorism justified mass data surveillance.
Now, in the post-Snowden/NSA-mass-snooping era, a top barrister working for the UN General Assembly has blown this “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” argument out of the water with a critical new report: mass surveillance of the internet, Ben Emmerson QC says, is: “indiscriminately corrosive to online privacy,” and poses “a direct and ongoing challenge to an established norm of international law.”
Governments and spy agencies certainly aren’t alone in their cavalier attitude to personal privacy. Though: Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the German digital media group, Alex Springer, recently revealed in a highly critical open letter to Google, that internet companies have taken a relaxed (some might say reckless) approach to their users’ private data as well.
Döpfner mentions hearing Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt declare at a … Continued