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A Private-Public Balancing Act

PRIVACY—GERMANY & U.S.

September 17, 2010

Jeff Jarvis writes in The Faster Times on comments at a recent event in Berlin, Germany, where Schleswig-Holstein Data Protection and Privacy Commissioner Thilo Weichert continued a trend that began earlier this summer of calling out nations and industry on privacy concerns. Weichert, who previously called for the European Commission to walk away from the U.S. safe harbor principles, is quoted as saying that those who are "stupid enough" to use Google "don't deserve any better." Jarvis writes that while Weichert suggests privacy should be the default, there is merit to "publicness" and a "balancing discussion" is what is needed "so people know they have a choice and protect that choice."
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