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The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) last week issued a report card on privacy, civil liberties and cyber security that found the White House faring even worse than it had last year. Obama's administration got grade C for consumer privacy, a B for medical privacy, a D for civil liberties and a B for cybersecurity - …

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Black Helicopters

Says it all really..

"Any agreement should set out what data can be shared with US authorities for law enforcement..."

Nothing about information coming the other way then?

The Transatlantic Diode once more in full operation.

Meh.

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Happy

"Transatlantic Diode"

Excellent description.

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Boffin

Oh no!

"Citizens should have the right to ask what information is stored about them, and who has access to it."

Oh no, can you imagine the mess we'd be in? People learning stuff? People would start making informed decisions based on intelligent thought. Oh no, we can't allow that sort of thing! The Gov has spent countless man hours and billions of your hard earned cash trying to put a stop to that sort of thing.

*shush* We just want all your info so when we round you up for the brain implants we know what we're dealing with!

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Erm....

As I understand it, the EU has far BETTER data-protection legislation than the US.

For a start, we have this...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_Protection_Directive

and in the UK, this....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_Protection_Act_1998

Both these provide specific rights for "citizens to ask what information is stored about them.."

In fact, the US and EU have had to create specific agreements (Safe Harbour) to provide ways of ensuring US based data-centres meet European data-protection standards.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safe_Harbor_Principles

So - maybe the REAL complaint is that the EU doesn't just hand over its data whenever the US thinks it should.

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Unhappy

Sounds so sensible, except US citizens rights have been swept aside

The Constitution notwithstanding, US citizens rights have been swept aside with unlimited communications tapping and the 'Patriot Act'.

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Headmaster

Rights

"Citizens should have the right to ask what information is stored about them, and who has access to it."

They already have that right on both sides of the pond. Problem solved.

What, you mean they deserve an answer as well?

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@JaitcH

"The Constitution notwithstanding, US citizens rights have been swept aside with unlimited communications tapping and the 'Patriot Act'."

I've often wondered how many merkins *really* understand how much the PATRIOT (it's an acronym) Act gives the US Gov.

Purely for *their* protection, of course.

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