Monday, 26 March 2012

How private is your data online?

With the news that Google has changed its rules on how it uses customers’ personal data – sharing it across Google’s different products – debates continue on whether consumers should be concerned on how their private information is used. In an article on the Business section of the BBC website, James Melik looks at both sides of the debate. The European and American view on personal privacy is compared – how much the free market should be allowed to use the data we input online. Jeff Chester from the Centre for Digital Democracy is quoted as saying "In Europe, privacy is enshrined as a civil right… with embedded important civil safeguards around privacy… between the citizen and the corporate sphere and the government." Looking at the U.S. he says "… it is in fact the free market which determines most of the policies when it comes to the internet." See where you stand on the debate

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