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Comment by Adela Danciu on February 5, 2010 at 12:14pm
The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the future European Union (EU) - United States of America (US) international agreement on personal data protection and information sharing for law enforcement purposes.

The consultation period runs from 28.01.2010 to 12.03.2010.

The aim of the consultation is to collect opinions with a view to the future EU-US international agreement on personal data protection and information sharing for law enforcement purposes.

Details at: http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/news/consulting_public/news_consul...
Comment by Ljubisa Gavrilovic on February 2, 2010 at 3:34pm
Recording IP privacy or not? NY Times

IP address partially personal information
Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on January 3, 2010 at 9:30pm
Wherever you click, someone's watching (Times of India)

Reminder about the Madrid Privacy Declaration in the India Times... Check out the quotes from Katitza too!

Comment by Ljubisa Gavrilovic on October 4, 2009 at 1:07pm
Re deprivation of liquids on airports....

During past two years approximately after that UK terrorism intel of liquid bombs has been detected and introducing air companies policy of no more than 100ml of liquid to be taken on the plane, I have been intensively travelled by plane between america, europe and middle east and within.

A number of different systems of checking on various airports have lead me to conclusion that this measure is created to increase sales on airport shops known to be increasingly expensive rather to fight terrorism.

The most fantastic experience was bottle of wine that I have got on one plane and decided to take it as souvenir and then in transit (even not getting out of airport) on a security check between two buildings of airport this bottle was taken from me on security check. I laughed my head off. It was really silly - first you give me a bottle IN THE PLANE and then you take it of me IN NO MANS LAND as security threat. Policies can be really questionable. Anyhow.

But there is something else that comes here as major question. And I'll try to define it as "Right of one versus right of many".

Because one threat of one or couple of people that did not even happen a common policy has been created which creates inconvenience not to say harassment of millions of innocent travelers with excuse that we are safer on the plane. A right of one creates deprivation of a right of many. Something is not right here. When I was faced with such discussion I usually say this:

1. There are fantastic technologies that can measure all kind of materials especially explosives. Why they are not used?

2. If we have terrorism as issue - why it is there? And answer to this is because we create it. If we do not create terrorism there will be no threats.

Its much easier to create policy, employ so many check point staff, increase transit shop sale, psychologically show passengers that they are nothing more than potential threat to their business and for themselves (every one of us in their view is potential terrorist in other words). Then they wander why plane traveling is in declination and many air transport companies do not have enough travelers.....

This is privacy discussion and maybe not a right place for this post, but in the same time it shows how much privacy and for that matter other human rights are threatened by leading politics. Your luggage is explored, you need to put you computer separate into scanner, somewhere they take you shoes off.

I have seen sad situation where 80yr old man was stripped down because he was beeping in the detection chamber and he did not stop repeating that he has metal hip and knee replacement - showing them papers. Yet they put him several times through chamber every time stripping something from him thinking that he's carrying something else. He was barely able to stand on his own. It was embarrassing situation - I wandered where all of modern issues are leading us? Can we make a better world?
Comment by Sovala Agaiava on December 2, 2008 at 10:14pm
A recent news item on One News (NZ) showed how privacy is further tested. This time with the google mapping and video recording available usually on the web. Nothing is ever hidden anymore from the rest of the world. Who is responsible? What should we do? Lol.
Comment by Virginia (Ginger) Paque on November 27, 2008 at 6:17pm
What do you know about this, what do you think, what is being done, what SHOULD be done?


Wrong Use of Technology: HIV/AIDS Patients to Be Tagged with RFID Chips
Comment by Adela Danciu on November 21, 2008 at 2:38pm
Hi! There's a new initiative on privacy in US - http://www.futureofprivacy.org/ Check it out!
They pointed to a new (well, new to me, as I haven't really thought about it ...) hot privacy topic - mobile cookies. I guess it's one issue to keep in focus, especially with the development of 3G services for mobile phones ... Probably we'll be confronted with similar privacy problems we're facing now on the Internet - like the cookies, behavioural targeting, so on, and maybe new ones - like localization ...?
What do you think? Do you have other related resources / news ?
Comment by Judi on November 7, 2008 at 8:21pm
Sovala, I do agree with you,its crazy! but my thoughts: there is a very thin line, IF there is, between privacy and security..I dont think that its possible or even fair to demand both..
I expect HITS on this :-)
Comment by Kat on November 6, 2008 at 6:50pm
Privacy is a fundamental human right
Comment by Sovala Agaiava on October 24, 2008 at 10:09am
Hi Guys! Where do we draw the line between human rights and privacy? Answering this question is always a challenge as even with laws and policies in place, they may not have the same interpretation. Already, too many people have been derived of their rights through all the unnecessary security measures and thousands of dollars may have been lost where people have been told to dispose of liquid materials they may be carrying. I recalled seeing a young woman crying at HK airport as she was told to throw away very expensive perfumes she bought from duty free in Akl Airport. It's crazy!

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