Privacy and Surveillance
The right to privacy prevents governments, businesses and criminals from intruding into your life. Things like your political opinions, your phone calls and emails, your photos, your medical history, your bank details and your internet browsing history are all protected by the right to privacy. Our right to privacy gives us space to look for information, form opinions and take decisions about issues free from social pressure or judgement. Because a lot of our information is held in the online world, we often use the term ‘data protection’ instead of privacy. Although new technology brings many opportunities, it also brings dangers. Personal information about us is increasingly held in databases and passed over the internet. Governments use mass surveillance to collect information about what we do over the internet, like what we are reading, and who we are talking to. Businesses collect information about us and use it to make decisions about us without our knowledge. This topic covers work we do to persuade the EU to protect our privacy, especially online, and to educate the public about the importance of data protection and how they can protect themselves.
Privacy and Surveillance articles
•The way the vaccine is distributed is likely to intensify existing inequalities in society, in three ways.
•The European has released the Digital Services Act (DSA), which is a long-overdue overhaul of the online world and e-commerce rules. We shared our views in the media.Tags:
•Google and digital advertising firms are the targets of fresh privacy complaints filed in six EU countries in December over the way they sell ads to potential advertisers through a bidding process. See key media reports about our latest campaign.
•Organisations from 6 countries have today lodged complaints with their data protection authorities about the behavioural advertising industry’s harmful practices of broadcasting people’s personal data on the internet.