Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Snowden Does Europe A Favour
It looks as though Edward Snowden has done us a favour in Europe as powerful people act to strengthen data privacy.
“It was a wake-up call, thanks to the Americans,” Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, told the a Munich conference, “data protection in Europe is a fundamental right. Strong rules allow trust and, in the Internet world, without trust you cannot go ahead. We do not want the U.S. government to listen to every phone call we make and read every e-mail.”
US companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft have been lobbying Brussels to try and weaken upcoming personal data protection legislation.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now calling for the EU to adopt legislation requiring Internet companies to disclose what information about users they store and to whom they provide it.
To the UK’s shame, it is working alongside Ireland to weaken this legislation.Tags: brussels, citizenship, fundamental rights, google, shame