Opinion: Privacy Laws Threaten Freedoms
ONLINE PRIVACY—AUSTRALIAFebruary 17, 2012
In an opinion piece for The Sydney Morning Herald, Chris Berg discusses the borderless Internet and the "inflexible and heavy-handed" laws that threaten to change it to the detriment of freedom of expression and Internet liberties. The U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), for example, was an example of a bad law that could have caused "profound damage" had it not died in Congress, Berg contends. SOPA would have given the U.S. government power to shut down foreign sites that breached copyright. And it's not alone, writes Berg. The EU's "right to be forgotten" would also threaten free speech, which would affect Australians because of firms' global nature, he writes.