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Issue No. 04 - July/August (2007 vol. 5)
ISSN: 1540-7993
pp: 58-61
Sophie In 't Veld , Dutch Member of the European Parliament, Liberal Democrat Group
European and US approaches are all but inversely related to safeguarding privacy-sensitive personal data. When discussing the fight against terrorism, many politicians speak of striking the right balance between security and privacy, but this is a false trade-off: less of one doesn't guarantee more of the other. Confronted by those who want to destroy democracy and freedom, the solution isn't to weaken the very things we want to protect. To make democratic societies more robust and resilient against attack, the author argues for bolstering rather than eroding the rule of law or limiting individual freedoms. The existence of massive databases detailing people's personal transactions and real-world and online lives is a given, as is the fact that they might be needed for local and international law enforcement and security. The key is to update data-protection rules to reflect this new reality.
privacy-sensitive personal data, EU Privacy Directive, law enforcement, rule of law

S. In 't Veld, "Data Sharing across the Atlantic," in IEEE Security & Privacy, vol. 5, no. , pp. 58-61, 2007.
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