The EU Giveth Digital Privacy & the EU Taketh Digital Privacy

In a previous post, I wrote that, “Digital privacy regulations don’t tend to prohibit government mass surveillance, although there is at least one exception. (And the exception isn’t a panacea nor a pathway for other countries such as Australia, NZ, the UK, the US, and Canada.)“ The exception was the European Court of Justice banning the … Read more

The Road to Digital Serfdom

In my previous blog post, I outlined an approach to ending government mass surveillance, suggesting a rights-based means by which government mass surveillance can be ended. In this blog post, I want to write about the slow erosion of rights over time. What is a right? The answer isn’t simple, and hence I’m not going … Read more

Thoughts on Ending Government Mass Surveillance: Why I was Wrong

When the Snowden revelations were released in June 2013, my passion for digital privacy was re-ignited. I’d always had an anti-authority streak in me, something I learnt from my father. My father taught me never to simply accept what people in power say, especially people in any government. Respect was to be earned, not simply … Read more