Sunday 19 November 2017

Angry Europeans believe we're afraid to pick fight

Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

THE Data Protection Commissioner's decision to not take action against Facebook and Apple over accusations of passing user information to US authorities is disappointing but not unexpected.

DPC boss Billy Hawkes has made clear he has no issue with the practice, especially as it comes under the 'Safe Harbour' agreement between the EU and US, which allows the European subsidiary of a US firm to pass the information of an EU citizen on to US authorities, with the data to be respected and treated properly.

That won't be good enough for many people, however. The Safe Harbour agreement has been shown to be a sham by Edward Snowden, who revealed that the US was ritually sweeping up the "meta-data" of millions of non-US citizens.

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