The Christian Science Monitor reports on calls by some in the EU to increase protections against terrorism that could include more broad surveillance activities in the wake of the recent attacks in Paris. Irish Data Protection Minister Dara Murphy said Ireland and the EU need to protect the privacy rights of social media users, noting, “Freedom of expression, freedom of movement and the protection of privacy are core tenets … which must be upheld.” GigaOM reports on calls from German Chancellor Angela Merkel for an EU-wide data retention directive, and Bloomberg reports the Paris attacks have created a “rift” in Germany’s government “over tighter security measures.” Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced creating a joint cybersecurity unit between law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Meanwhile, John Sawers, formerly of the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, spoke of the shattered trust between governments and technology companies that needs to be rebuilt. Separately, Europe's data privacy authorities will meet “to discuss revising their earlier opposition to countries sharing airline passenger data as part of efforts to tighten security and thwart terror attacks,” Reuters reports.
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