Opinion: A Little Less Privacy, a Bit More Security

by Simon Chesterman is director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Program The European Union has announced that it will overhaul its data protection rules in 2011. Later this month, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Commerce Department will release their own reports on online privacy. Meanwhile, as part of the much-hyped efforts to prepare for “cyberwar,” the U.S. National Security Agency is strengthening ties with organizations like Google and its efforts to mine social networking sites like Facebook.The dynamic is a familiar one. As usual, privacy will lose.In recent years, the battleground of privacy has been dominated by fights over warrantless electronic surveillance in the United States and closed-circuit television( CCTV ) in Britain. The coming months will see further debates over data mining, DNA databases and biometric identification.

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