European Data Protection Digest

The Politicization of Data Privacy

ONLINE PRIVACY—GERMANY

March 12, 2010

Spiegel reports on the politicization of data privacy, saying that while until recently only "backbenchers" paid attention to it, today "no politician wants to be left out." The report delves into issues associated with online mapping programs such as Google's StreetView, a matter in which Germany's minister of consumer protection has taken a keen interest, and discusses the creation of the Internet and Digital Society commission, which was launched last week to examine the interaction between people and digital media. "The long overdue discussion of data privacy is now finally getting underway," says former German Interior Minister Gerhart Baum.
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