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By Stephen Gardner. You are being tracked online, and you probably have no idea how much. Are company pledges to use data fairly enough to assuage concerns?

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By Stephen Gardner. Ooops! The British police face the loss of one of their favourite surveillance tools thanks to the European Union Court of Justice.

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By Stephen Gardner. There has been much mock indignation in Brussels since former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began drip-feeding his mass-surveillance revelations to the Facebook-obsessed world.

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By Stephen Gardner. Grab your tin hats because another human rights Euro-barney is on the way – about data retention.

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Privacy is considered a right in the EU, and the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, wants the right to be more rigorously enforced, writes Stephen Gardner.

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SurveillanceThe European Commission July 20 published a review of European Union law enforcement systems and databases, as a first step in evaluating them to establish if they continue to fulfil a useful function and provide value to policing authorities, writes Stephen Gardner.

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ChipThe European Commission June 24 sent a warning to the United Kingdom, threatening a case at the European Court of Justice if the UK does not strengthen the powers of its data protection authority so that they comply with the European Union's Data Protection Directive, writes Stephen Gardner.

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The British government, which came into office May 11, has said it will scrap a scheme to introduce electronic identity cards in the United Kingdom, writes Stephen Gardner. The national identity register on which the identity cards were to be based is also to be scrapped.

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ChipThe European Parliament in February caused a "serious setback" to security cooperation between the European Union and the United States, writes Stephen Gardner. It vetoed an agreement between Brussels and Washington that would have allowed EU financial data to be transferred across the Atlantic.

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More taxpayer-funded handouts for big business in the guise of EU project spending, writes Stephen Gardner. Defence giant BAE Systems is sharing in £33 million of funding for research projects. BAE undoubtedly needs the money, having seen its 2008 profit of £1.8 billion plunge last year, partly because it had to pay enormous fines to settle corruption cases.

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