European Data Protection Digest

Policing Social Media While Considering Privacy

SURVEILLANCE—IRELAND & UK

April 4, 2013

The Irish Times reports on comments made by David Omand, former head of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, on the importance of balancing the surveillance of social media for fighting crime and terrorism with respecting individual privacy. “The Net is here to stay,” he said following an event at the Institute of Irish and European Affairs in Dublin, “and it can be used for good or evil.” While it’s important for government to curb crime, the general public, Omand notes, should be able to use these services without the “chilling effect” of overregulation.
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