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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Is there a Right to Privacy?

Yes, but maybe not for long. The Swedish Government are over time shrinking the the Right to Privacy more and more. One could wonder: When is it completely gone?

Are we all terrorists that needs to be monitored 24/7? Are we all threats? From what I know, I have barely heard of ONE terrorist being associated with Sweden. I might just be uneducated in the matter, who knows.

Du bist Terrorist!

Here is a great video about the population being treated as terrorists. Is this our future? Well, right now it wouldn't really suprise me, honestly.

This is my assumtion: In a matter of only a few years, our society will be monitored close to what's shown in the video above.


  1. On 15 March 2006 the European Union formally adopted Directive 2006/24/EC, on "the retention of data generated or processed in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks and amending Directive 2002/58/EC"

    In short it's more commonly referred to as the "Data retention directive"

    The data is required to be available to competent national authorities in specific cases, "for the purpose of the investigation, detection and prosecution of serious crime, as defined by each Member State in its national law".

    The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee of the European Parliament had recommended that data be retained for a maximum of only 12 months

    In Sweden this EU-directive would have been implemented to law already by September 2007 - though it has been subject to heavy debate and has been delayed. it is now assumed to be taken to Swedish law in late 2009.

    My dear friends of Europe. The youtube clip "You are a terrorist" are more real already than you probably can conceive.

    The technology is already in place in many of the European countries. It's all very real... Now the question is only how this gathered information will be handled and used.

  2. I really was quite uneducated when I made this post. After more research and from your comment here, I think that video shows something that is more present than future, which scares the crap out of me.

    Here's a link about this if you want to read more:


    Another thing, seems like Germany is hit quite hard with this privacy discriminating stuff:


  3. (Guess I'll stick to English then)
    Don't get scared mate - get pissed ;)

    ... And good luck with the game-development.

  4. I think personal integrety doesn't mean what you think it means.

    I think you mean Privacy, or "the right to privacy".


    It's not the same as "Personlig integritet" in the Swedish surveillance debate (I think even "Personlig integritet" isn't appropriate, we should have a word such as "Privacitet" or something in Swedish).

    That's what I think anyway!

  5. Thanks guys =) It's noted and changed! Sorry for the epic fail ;)

  6. Is there a right to piracy? Piracy vs Privacy..

    There are some Civil Rights which are part of the foundation of democracy that we know it.

    Postal secrecy for example. Many times in history, WW2, American Revolution, the "state" absued their power. Those who had "wrong" oppinions where traitors - a threat to the state. This is why we today have postal secrecy. If you din't know, in Sweden a Security Guard is not allowed to open you wallet in search of your ID. That is a strong law for integrity. Only the police is allowed to do that.

    This law also protects "whistle blowers". If corruption occurs, someone may "leak" to the press anonnumously. This is a law in sweden (and most democratic contries) that the press has the right to have undiclosed informers.

    When the postal secret goes away, whistle-blower-protection goes away too.

    The internet should not be an exception for Civil rights in my oppinoion.

    This is one reason, out of many, why mass surveilliance is dangerous for freedom. However it is not yet possible for someone to get access to our computers and files unless they use trojans or viruses - they can "only" see our comminication. This doesn't make the threat less important, but that video seems like propaganda. In the time of information, I prefer facts and debate over assumptions and unwarrented claims.

  7. It is scary how we are all being treated as potential terrorists. It really seems like the anti-terrorism laws are aimed at controlling and surveying the general public rather than to fight terrorism. 911 specifically has been used as a pretext to limit our freedoms, not only in the US but also here in Sweden. When will we stop fighting against imaginary enemies and expose the true terrorists?

    You can check out my blog, and specifically the entries "Privacy matters" and "The war over the Internet".

  8. Great posts. Lina, I will add you to my list of recommended blogs. =)


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