Portal:Data Protection/Introduction

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Privacy is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the protection of your data is closely linked with it. In a democratic society, privacy is an essential enabler for other fundamental rights, such as the freedom of expression and to form and join associations. However, there is a growing commercial interest in weakening the protection of privacy in order to allow surveillance in order to, among other, exploit information about them, by collecting, processing, storing and trading it.

In the ditital age the collecting, sharing and 'mining' of data has become much easier than before and legislation needs to adapt to meet this challenge. Instead, the opposite is happening, the revision of the European regulation concerning the protection of personal data, initiated by the European Commission in 2012, is leading to a weak set of safeguards, contrary to citizens' interests. It is essential that policy-makers force companies to be more transparent and accountable to citizens for the protection of our data.

In March 2013, the European Parliament voted to adopt a regulation on data protection. This regulation continues to contain serious weaknesses.