Disputed ”mass surveillance” legislation ePrivacy Derogation passes
In the last couple of weeks, a new piece of legislation -the ePrivacy Derogation – was passed by the EU Parliament. This has drawn a lot of attention and became a thorny topic among data protection professionals; welcomed by some, boohooed by others.
Undoubtedly this is a good cause. But does the end justify the means in this case? The ePrivacy Derogation will allow providers of e-mail and messaging services to automatically search all personal messages of each citizen for presumed suspect content and report suspected cases to the police.