I’m pleased to post nominations in the hotly contested first category of Dubious Achievements in Privacy Law. Take your time to make a choice. Voting will not open until all nominations have been published — likely December 15.
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The 2014 Privies –
“Privacy Hypocrite of the Year”
a. Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship
Why Regulate Ourselves When We Can Regulate the United States?
Commissioner Reding has led the charge to impose European restrictions on the way the National Security Agency gathers intelligence. When asked by the Guardian why the European Commission didn’t start by imposing restrictions on the way European Union members like Great Britain gather intelligence, she said
[T]here was little she or Brussels could do …, since secret services in the EU were the strict remit of national governments. The commission has demanded but failed to obtain detailed information from the British government on how UK surveillance practices are affecting other EU citizens…. “I have direct competence in law enforcement but not in secret services. That remains with the member states. In general, secret services are national,” said the commissioner.
Unless those secret services are American, apparently.
b. Francoise Hollande, President of France
Spying on Allies is “Totally Unacceptable” Except When We Do It
President Hollande called President Obama to describe U.S. spying on its allies as “totally unacceptable,” language that was repeated by the Foreign Ministry when it castigated the U.S. ambassador over a story in Le Monde claiming that NSA had scooped up 70 [...]