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Wolf Examines the Politics of Privacy

PRIVACY

September 20, 2010

Christopher Wolf of the Future of Privacy Forum begins his feature for Israel's Haaretz Newspaper discussing the past harms that have come from personal information landing in the wrong hands, writing of the tragedy of the Holocaust and its influence on EU data protection and the EU's view that the U.S., despite laws and regulations intended to protect privacy, still lacks "adequate protection" for personal data. By contrast, he writes, Israel has earned the recognition of the EU's Article 29 Working Party, continuing on to question the recent block of EU data transfers to Israel by Ireland. "International cooperation to promote privacy, which is essential in our information society, used to be fairly immune to politics," he writes, suggesting, "In the end, privacy is too important to be politicized."
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