Privacy Losses Around the World

Monday, 16 September 2002, 7:06 PM EST

It has now been one year since the horrific events of September 11th, 2001. It is often said that "everything has changed." That includes privacy, and the changes are not limited to the United States.

Outside the U.S., the war on terrorism has pulled in many of the previous anti-privacy campaigns, and created new ones. The most obvious changes are the enactments of new anti-terrorism or related laws. Many countries have taken advantage of the situation including Australia, Belarus, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Spain, and the UK. Other countries have amended data protection, wiretap and privacy laws and regulations to make surveillance easier. There has also been some pushback by legislatures, courts and citizens to many of the worst ideas.

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