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Europe Data Protection Digest | Policing Social Media While Considering Privacy Related reading: Get the full picture on PIAs and DPIAs

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The Irish Times reports on comments made by David Omand, former head of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, on the importance of balancing the surveillance of social media for fighting crime and terrorism with respecting individual privacy. “The Net is here to stay,” he said following an event at the Institute of Irish and European Affairs in Dublin, “and it can be used for good or evil.” While it’s important for government to curb crime, the general public, Omand notes, should be able to use these services without the “chilling effect” of overregulation.
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