Apple versus US-Regierung: Kampf um die Privatssphäre

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Im Rahmen der Aufklärung des Terroranschlages von San Bernadino versucht das FBI auf das iPhone des Attentäters Syed Riywan Farook zuzugreifen. Bei dem Attentat im Dezember 2015 starben insgesamt 14 Menschen und 21 weitere wurden verletzt. Die Strafverfolger vermuten, dass sie auf Farooks Diensthandy Informationen finden, die für die Untersuchung des Falls entscheidend sein könnten.

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Dialogue as key for promoting human rights: Latin American legal experts visit Brussels

IMG_8028In the midst of the ongoing refugee crisis, the European Union necessarily puts a strong focus on its own backyard when it comes to guaranteeing the protection of human and fundamental rights. In order to further sensibilise the European institutions for the need of human rights protection in their respective home countries and also to learn first-hand what mechanisms have been established in Europe to safeguard these rights, a group of legal experts from various Latin American NGOs and Think Tanks came to Brussels to meet with EU representatives. The delegation comprised a wide scope of countries, with participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Mexico and Honduras. Continue reading

Analyse: Ein Paukenschlag für den Datenschutz mit Folgen für Mittelständler

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Die EU auf der Suche nach einen safer “Safe Harbor”

Der Europäische Gerichtshof (EuGH) hat das sogenannte „Safe Harbor-Abkommen“ zwischen der EU und der USA mit sofortiger Wirkung für ungültig erklärt. Das Abkommen regelte den Datentransfer zwischen beiden Seiten des Atlantiks. Für Unternehmen tritt damit nun eine Phase der Ungewissheit ein; die Politik steht unter Handlungsdruck. Wie die EuGH-Entscheidung in Washington und Brüssel aufgenommen wurde, beschreiben der Europaexperte Håvard Sandvik aus Brüssel und die USA-Expertin Iris Froeba aus Washington. Continue reading

US-Geheimdienste: Ist eine Kontrolle möglich?

Anderthalb Jahre nach den Enthüllungen von Edward Snowden hat die US-Regierung einen Bericht veröffentlicht, der neue Richtlinien zur Datenspeicherung der US-Nachrichtendienste beinhaltet. USA_PostDie Meldung erregte in der deutschen Öffentlichkeit kaum Aufsehen. Das ist bedauerlich, denn anders als auf dieser Seite des Atlantiks wahrgenommen, schlugen die Enthüllungen von Edward Snowden auch in Amerika hohe Wellen.

Im aktuellen Hintergrundbericht analysieren Iris Froeba und Markus Kaiser, wie die Debatte über Überwachung den US-Kongress spaltet und welche Chancen parlamentarische Initiativen haben.

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Upcoming Event: “Social Market Economy: a Blueprint for Europe?”

PaquéTuesday, 26 March 2013
12.00-14.00

The German social market economy is based on competitiveness, free trade and social progress. The interplay between entrepreneurial forces, trade unions and employer associations creates social balance. The German model, made popular in the post-war era, guarantees that Germany enjoys a high degree of social harmony, even in economically difficult times. Despite being affected by the global banking and economic crises, as well as the “Eurocrisis”, Germany has proven much more economically resilient and less vulnerable, compared to other EU member states.

Michael Theurer MEP (ALDE), Chair, Committee on Budgetary Control and Vice-Chair of the FDP delegation in the European Parliament and Prof. Karl-Heinz Paqué, Former State Minister of Saxony Anhalt and Dean, Faculty of Economics and Management, Otto von Guericke University will talk about what makes the German model so successful. What are its key features that have allowed it to stabilize comparatively quickly? Can it serve as a blueprint for other EU member states?

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Upcoming Event: “Limits of personal freedom: Civil rights of soldiers under attack?”

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12.00-14.00

Unlike civilians, enlisted soldiers have to accept some constraints concerning their political and civil rights. Among the member states of the EU, those constraints differ in terms of scope and extent. Soldiers may be prohibited from running for public office, expressing their personal opinions of government policies or military missions or speaking about their sexual preferences. Even such mundane issues as physical appearance and travel may be highly regulated. During missions the limit to personal freedom becomes more visible, if private communication is screened and censored, for example. Within the military hierarchy, it can be difficult for soldiers to exercise their rights. Who can soldiers turn to if their rights are being violated? What is the right balance between the principles of obedience and legitimate rights of soldiers as citizens? What reforms are necessary to protect and ensure equal rights for soldiers of different national backgrounds serving in the same mission?

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