Skip to comments."Big Brother" smaller in Europe?
Posted on 04/05/2004 7:59:06 AM PDT by mondoman
Europe and America are worlds apart when it comes to privacy laws.
Privacy is a constitutional right in all European Union countries, which zealously safeguard personal information about their citizens. Each has its own data protection commissioner, a privacy watchdog roughly equivalent to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission in the United States.
...in the United States, people are accustomed to giving out personal information, such as their Social Security number, on all manner of documents. And credit information is collected, sliced and diced by major corporations that use it as part of a relentless stream of marketing.
"The data flows in ways it could never flow in Europe," where the collection of personal information is tightly restricted, Davies said.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
Personal data privacy is a topic of discussion that we have not heard much about. I found this wire service article in the local paper (Rocky Mountain News) and thought the Libertarians and Liberals lurking on FR would find this interesting and may care to comment as well as Freepers.
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Cuz that's where the biggest threat to American's privacy lies.
That's what I get for skimming!
The privacy "guarantee" excerpted from Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights is laughable. It basically states that no public authority (whatever that means) may interfere with a person's privacy, except whenever they desire to interfere with that person's privacy. So, it basically says that "we (the government) can do whatever we want, but you (private individuals and companies) can not do what you want". It's a sham.
Yeah, there are video cameras popping up at rural intersection in Colorado, now. Urban areas have them at every stop light.
Every nation's socialism bears its own national character.
'Socialism with American characteristics', to paraphrase Mao, seems to be the default mode of modern American politics.
See the Medicare program expansion for a recent example.
Or visit a public school - truly frightening.
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