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
•In a newly launched probe, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is investigating claims that Facebook forces users to agree to its privacy policies or risk being cut out from their connections. This may be the first major anti-trust case based on privacy co...
•In the Netherlands, we want to be able to park anonymously. We do not want registration of our license plate numbers and be forced to pay with our bank card.
•If you witnessed a crime, you would try to report it, right? But what if the crime you witnessed was being committed by police officers using excessive force? You might wonder: Am I allowed to take a picture or film it?
•Patients' privacy was not protected properly when a hospital in the United Kingdom shared their data with Google, the UK's Information Commission (ICO) has ruled. The case effects 1.6 million patients' data that the UK government shared with the Googl...