Every law you break, every mouse click you make, we’ll be watching you

by Stephen O
Summary:

In the Europe Union there are plans for a  new EU wide database of “alleged intellectual property infringers.” What is concerning the EU’s Data Watch dog is that these are alleged infringers and “there is no legal standing” for a database. It will collect personal data such as Names, Addresses, and other personal information in addition to the suspected infringement. The information will remain in the database for a unspecified amount of time.  At the time being there is no way that any person could verify just how legal a Database like this is.

Reflection:

Be afraid be very afraid. They are creating a database for alleged infringers…alleged. Without proof to have taken place, or proof that what was an illegal act. This basically means they can finger point to anyone and put them in this alleged database of IP infringers…and the worse part is we do not know who gets to see this database, who has access to it, how long names stay in the database, or what role the database is supposed to play!

We should keep a close eye on this, and how this develops in the European Union, and hope that this never comes across the Atlantic. Imagine for whatever reason you could end up in a database for an alleged IP theft or infringement, you do not even have to be charged with anything. Your name and other personal information end up in this database. You have no clue who will see it, future employers? Government agencies like the TSA, FBI, CIA,  and ATF? You have no idea how long your information will last in that database. It is downright frightening!

Baker, J. (2011, October 21). EU Data Watchdog Slams Planned Database of Alleged IP Infringers. Retrieved October 23, 2011, from PCworld: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/242284/eu_data_watchdog_slams_planned_database_of_alleged_ip_infringers.html

 

2 thoughts on “Every law you break, every mouse click you make, we’ll be watching you”

  1. I agree, this is coming close to crossing the line of privacy rights. With ID theft a big issue in our technical world, anyone can pose as whoever on the internet. This might not be the best idea, but I’m sure many think it could be a good idea with some adjustments made to it. I think we should be afraid, just not too afraid.

  2. I don’t feel like this kind of database will fully materialize. There is still a lot of problems with the way they are proposing the idea. The fact that we can get placed for just getting accused is a problem to me. In America this would not settle with citizens. Another question to ask is who is control of such information and what kind of private information will they need to secure so it doesn’t get in the wrong hands. That would be funny because it would be people infringing on infringers or accused infringers. I will only worry if it comes to our country because I have no control or vote in another country’s laws or regulations.

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