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
•After the recent failure of the Romanian Police to locate a kidnapped teenage girl, who, after calling 112 three times, was raped and murdered, authorities now want to ask for ID cards from people buying mobile phone top-up cards.
•Digital Freedom Fund, Liberties, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, the European Center for Press and Media Freedom and Ben Wagner have developed a Model Ethical Funding Policy to help solve problems with NGO funding.
•How much do you know about online advertising and its implications for your privacy? Find out with this week's quiz.
•The League of Human Rights and Liga voor Mensenrechten have lodged an appeal before the Constitutional Court against a new law requiring the introduction of digital fingerprints on identity cards.