Thursday, March 10, 2016

Europe’s Protectionist Privacy Advocates

Max Schrems is no hero. The Austrian privacy activist was hailed in some quarters last fall for helping bring down the 15-year-old Safe Harbor pact that facilitated digital trade worth more than $250 billion annually between Europe and the U.S. But he is unwittingly reducing his fellow Europeans’ right to privacy, forcing businesses to pay needless costs and fanning the flames of protectionism.

A graduate student at the University of Vienna, the 28-year-old Mr. Schrems made headlines after the Edward Snowden story broke in 2013 by filing a series of lawsuits against Facebook for not taking adequate safeguards to protect its users from National Security Agency surveillance.

By Roslyn Layton 
read full article at WSJ 

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