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Privacy in the digital age: Do we give up effective data protection?

What is happening with our digital data? That’s one of the big questions today. We are confronted with a double challenge: First, state agencies are highly interested in our data. The NSA activities are just the tip of the iceberg. It is unclear if, and how we can tame the data-hunger of these apparently ‘securitized’ agencies. Second, there are the big IT companies like Apple, Yahoo, Facebook, Google, etc., whom we feed with our own personal information. The recently changed contract provisions of FB make a lot of people (re)considering their own habits in social networks. Opting out is possible, but not desired so far by most customers.

So do we give up an effective data protection on both fronts? Or are there potential remedies?

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