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EU vs. Facebook: Fighting for the Right to be Forgotten

EU vs. Facebook: Fighting for the Right to be Forgotten

Like most of us, Max Schrems is careful about his online persona: “At the beginning I was like: ‘no pictures’,” said the 25-year-old student who has become a prominent figure in an on-going privacy rights dispute with the social networking platform Facebook. Since he founded “Europe-v-Facebook”, the campaign has become a precedent in the European […]

EU: Security vs. Privacy

EU: Security vs. Privacy

Under the 2006 EU Data Retention Directive, member states agreed to keep a record of citizens’ email and telephone traffic (but not messages’ content) for at least six months.  In Austria, the directive takes effect on 1 Apr. But Germany may face penalties from the European Court of Justice after its own constitutional court declared […]

On Turning Privacy to Opportunity

It is a well-known – though questionable – truth in the online community that consumers won’t pay for privacy. Accordingly, most companies regard the entire issue warily, seeing only expensive disclosure requirements, constraints on their ability to collect information about their customers, and a potential source of legal liabilities. So they consult lawyers and IT […]

Face-to-Face with Facebook

Long ago, when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was in grade school, I wrote a book (Release 2.1: A Design for Living in the Digital Age) in which I lauded something called “P3” (now p3p), the platform for privacy preferences. I was sure that people would start using P3 or something like it to control access […]

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