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Friday, March 27, 2015

Get off Facebook if you value your privacy

If you don’t want your personal info pored over by the US authorities, close your Facebook account – such is the reassuring advice given by the European Commission to the European Court of Justice.

Judges yesterday grilled the Commish legal service in a case that could topple the 15-year-old EU-US data-sharing agreement known as “Safe Harbour”, a streamlined process developed by the US Department of Commerce and the EU, designed to prevent accidental information disclosure or loss.

Because the US in general does not meet EU standards for data privacy, the Safe Harbour (not worth the paper it's written on) workaround was dreamed up by the Commish in 2000, with the deal creating a voluntary framework whereby companies promise to protect European citizens’ data.

In the current case, a group called Europe v Facebook, led by privacy activist and “Angry AustrianTM” Max Schrems, alleges that Facebook violated European citizens' “fundamental rights” (defined in the European Convention on Human Rights) by transferring their personal data to the US National Security Agency (NSA)..
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Does this happen in your neighborhood you may ask? 
Well...do bears sh*t in the woods?

The last generation fought against this, this generation allowed it by been made fearful of everything by governments. Fear is a powerful tool, and in the past 20 years, they made some guy on a camel using a cell phone and an ak47 as the most dangerous thing against our freedom and democracy, in the process, this generation gave up it all up for security...
Does this make any sense to anyone???
The web can also be powerful tool to promote free speech, but it can also be used to take it away...
Who will win this battle in the long run depends on how people are willing to give up said freedom for security...
Historically, governments are not known to promote freedoms on their own. (Quebec City protester shot in face with tear gas canister. They have to be "controlled" by it's people and when we give up this fight, we give up everything our grandparents fought for.

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