European Data Protection Digest

Opinion: Existing Rights Apply Online

PRIVACY LAW—EU

September 12, 2013

In a feature for New Europe, MEP Christian Engström writes about online privacy, suggesting the solution is to apply the offline laws already in place. “When we send a letter in the mail, its privacy is strictly safeguarded by laws, checks and balances,” he writes, suggesting, “If politicians want to be taken seriously by the digital citizens, it is time to start applying the rights and laws that we already have to the world they live in.” The solution is a simple one, where “not a single letter of the law needs to change. It’s just a matter of respecting communication on the Net just like we already respect the physical letter and the phone call,” Engström writes.
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