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

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  1. david manners
    July 17, 2013 06:57

    Of course he’s a spy, Nicksr, he was employed as one by the Americans. Is spying defensible? Yes to protect nstionsl interests, No when it infringes personsl liberty. Snowden has, IMHO, highlighted thst distinction.

  2. Nicksr
    July 16, 2013 22:40

    Snowden is a spy. It is irrefutable and indefensible.

  3. david manners
    July 16, 2013 17:23

    Couldn’t agree more Terry, that was a shameful day for those European countries which closed their airspace. I think they’ll live to regret it.

  4. Terry
    July 16, 2013 11:27

    And to Europe’s shame, the hero who gave us this information is being denied the right to fly through European airspace to a place of asylum.