European Commissioner on Privacy vs Security

Europeans have always been stronger proponents of privacy than their American counterparts. The following illustrates just to what extent the perspective from the other side of the ocean is different from our own. Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights:
Counter-terrorism efforts rob citizens of basic privacy rights, which undermines rather than improves security.
General surveillance raises serious democratic problems which are not answered by the repeated assertion that those who have nothing to hide have nothing to fear. This puts the onus in the wrong place: It should be for states to justify the interferences they seek to make on privacy rights.

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