German state fights Facebook over alleged privacy violations

Data protection commissioner says social network violates law by not allowing users to use a pseudonym A German state data protection agency has threatened Facebook’s billionaire founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with a €20,000 (£16,000) fine if Facebook does not allow Germans to have anonymous accounts on the social network. In letters to Zuckerberg in California, ...

Constitutional Court has reservations against data retention and turns to the CJEU

The Constitutional Court has reservations that the EU Directive on the Retention of Data could be incompatible with the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. For this reason, the 14 constitutional judges have addressed the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), submitting questions on the interpretation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. 

German state fights Facebook over alleged privacy violations

A German state data protection agency has threatened Facebook’s billionaire founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg with a €20,000 (£16,000) fine if Facebook does not allow Germans to have anonymous accounts on the social network. 

Data Protection: All You Need to Know about the EU Privacy Debate

The European Union is seeking to increase the private sphere of its citizens by strengthening data protection laws for the web. Large Internet firms and lobbyists are fighting the plans. Here’s an overview of the debate in Brussels. 

FBI’s abuse of the surveillance state is the real scandal needing investigation

The Petraeus scandal is receiving intense media scrutiny obviously due to its salacious aspects, leaving one, as always, to fantasize about what a stellar press corps we would have if they devoted a tiny fraction of this energy to dissecting non-sex political scandals (this unintentionally amusing New York Times headline from this morning – “Concern ...

Data retention and police access in the UK – a warning for Europe

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The Surveillance of telecommunications in the EU

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Protecting Privacy in the Information Society

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