Mass surveillance is ineffective because it weighs down security services with so much information that it's impossible for analysts to identify what is important or relevant.
Encryption is a very old technique. It just refers to the process by which we can hide the meaning of something by using a code. We explain how it helps protect our privacy and our money, and how authorities are using hacking to get round it.
Politicians arguing in favour of mass surveillance often make a distinction about the kind of information that they want to collect. They argue that just collecting our metadata, rather than content data, is fine. Let's look at that claim...
'Mass' or 'dragnet' surveillance has been in the news a lot recently. Later episodes in the series will explain why this practice is such a problem. But to understand why mass surveillance is so bad, we first need to explain what it is. Here goes...
Since 2001, EU governments have been eating away at our human rights in the name of fighting terrorism. Naturally, we are scared of terrorist attacks: no one wants to be injured or killed. We look to the authorities to do something that makes us safer.
This is the last entry in our current #MeAndMyRights series. Stop crying. Europe isn’t getting any better so I’m sure we will be back.
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What can the EU do if my government is violating human rights that haven’t been put into EU laws?
The EU is not very good at stepping in to protect human rights inside its borders, but if you think the EU or a member country has violated the Charter, you can take action.