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Sense and nonsense of privacy
main category / privacy basics / privacy future

Sense and nonsense of privacy


On 6th May 2015 I held a presentation at re:publica in Berlin.  It was part of law lab which was successfully organised by Henning Krieg and Thorsten Feldmann.  I called my presentation “Sense and nonsense of privacy” and advocated a user focused view on privacy assessing features and services.  All German speaking followers can view the slides here: presentation republica … Continue reading

main category / privacy basics / privacy future

Germany’s contradictory attitude weakens our privacy


“Pictures are power.  The one, who got pictures knows the situation, is able to react.  With that we don’t depend on the pictures of others, but have our own pictures.  That is key to take the right decision.”* NSA director Michael Rogers as well as Mark Zuckerberg could have said that, I imagine. But, they didn’t. … Continue reading

main category / privacy future / USA

2 controversial theses about privacy – IT/IP Open Mic in Berlin


On 19 March 2015 I held the keynote at the first IT/IP Open Mic in Berlin. Here are my theses about “Internet of things – Internet is everywhere, privacy is nowhere”:
1. Anonymity on the Internet is a privilege of the educated and wealthy part of the society
2. If data is the oil of the future, data protection is energy saving. Continue reading

privacy basics / privacy future / USA

We need a reform of surveillance, and even more


“The world’s citizens, companies and governments should continue to press the United States to reform its spying practices.  Keeping data out of the United States is no answer.  There is no easy substitute for reforming government surveillance.”  Tim Edgar stated yesterday on TechCrunch and I totally agree with him. But it is not only a reform of the government … Continue reading

Blockchain and Bitcoin / main category / privacy future

How legal Blockchains will be successful


Coindesk recently published an article about the Web Summit in Dublin.  Tom Gonser, founder of (DocuSign) expressed himself in favor of Blockchain as a potential technology for identity management. More and more experts like him believe in the use of Blockchain being a promising technology to solve legal issues.  And I totally agree. In the … Continue reading

main category / privacy future / USA

Microsoft’s fight against data disclosure is not bad for start-ups


Microsoft currently fights against the disclosure of personal (content) data, which is stored in Europe.  Techcrunch now states that Microsoft’s opinion and the legal process are bad for start-ups. On the contrary! Any start-up, which does or intents to process data of European citizens should support Microsoft’s legal opinion and be concerned, if Microsoft fails. … Continue reading

main category / USA

The NSA – my ally


Mass surveillance and data retention are widely and emotionally debated topics in Europe. Now, a Dutch court ruled, that the exchange of data is legal even though its source is mass surveillance, because the intercepting state is an ally, here in particular the US with its NSA. From a lawyer’s perspective, it is absolutely correct … Continue reading