Secrets are Lies v The Right to be Forgotten

“Don’t be evil”, Google slogan "Evil is what Sergey (Brin) says is evil." Google CEO Eric Schmidt quoted in Wired. Secrets come in all shapes and sizes. Some are well intentioned, others not. Some relate to state security; others to highly sensitive commercial secrets. Some are personal, petty and irrelevant. Some mean the difference between …

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Pioneer 1507: Is it a sci-fi toy? Is it a Star Wars sub-plot? Or is it food?

 Last week a majority of EU member states voted against an extension of GMO food in the EU but it is the Commission that will make the final decision. Which way will the Commission swing? EU Perspectives investigates. The decision to approve Pioneer 1507  rests no longer with the Member States or the Parliament. It …

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An open debate on privacy: EU Perspective’s response to President Obama’s challenge

Following the PRISM revelations at the beginning of June, President Obama has thrown down the gauntlet and challenged us all to an open debate on the seemingly inherent conflict between state security and privacy rights. With on-line data protection in the throes of the EU legislative process, now would indeed appear to be a good …

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Issue 2: “Big Brother”- state security and privacy

Should security trump privacy rights? That is the key question that frames this aspect of the privacy debate. Many argue yes.  The only way in which a democratic State can outwit those intent on destroying our value system is for each and everyone of us to accept that the State, in pursuit of terrorists, should …

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