European Data Protection Digest

Schaar: Intelligence Agencies Need To Be Transparent

SURVEILLANCE—GERMANY

September 19, 2013

Peter Schaar, Germany’s data protection commissioner, has said that intelligence organisations ensconced within a “wall of silence” must become more transparent so that citizens can comprehend their work instead of only listening to whistleblowers, Deutsche Welle reports. “That is decisive for trust in democracy,” he said, “which is damaged when this transparency just does not exist.”
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