Marju Lauristin has spent most of her life as a teacher, though that’s the most modest way to describe her. Specifically, she’s a professor emeritus of more than 40 years. She has been at the University of Tartu since 1995, and her academic career has focused on social sciences and media studies. But now she’s playing the head of the class on the global privacy stage as rapporteur for the ePrivacy Regulation. Lauristin, whose party in Estonia is called the Social Democratic Party, said her politics are more inclined toward the “social liberal side of social democracy, more to the center left. That means we have quite liberal views on a range of topics, starting from human rights and liberties. And that, for me, it’s very close to my heart, this issue of human rights and individual freedoms.” And it’s her focus on those issues that may help shape the final version of the ePrivacy Regulation, Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, reports.
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