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    widely shared.

    Germany, apparently all Europe, has Independent Data Protectors whose job is to protect citizens from government and business. By law.

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    Germany has an Independent Data Protector
    in each State, plus one Nationally. What a concept! Seems the idea is to make sure government and corporations don't overstep their bounds.

    And that "heck, electronic = public so too bad on you" propaganda so many repeat unthinkingly isn't a law of nature but... an absence of Law.

    Why Germany is so outraged over NSA snooping
    While the U.S. has few laws concerning data privacy, Germany has something unknown to Americans: 17 state data protection supervisors (one national and one for each state), who watch over the compliance of authorities and companies with data privacy laws. Since the German state Hesse introduced the first of these laws in 1970, strict oversight like this has become common in Europe.
    ...Now the data protection supervisors have an even bigger target: the National Security Agency. After the Snowden revelations, they have discontinued giving out new licenses to companies under the so-called Safe Harbor principles, which are meant to guarantee that personal data is only transferred to countries with sufficient data protection, for example when Germans use American companies’ cloud storage space. After the revelations about the Prism program, the supervisors consider user data in the hands of U.S. companies not safe anymore.
    [My emphasis]
    Who knew?
    In the US I'd want, say seven Independent Data Protectors in each state. Because once you get past five people in a group, it's hard to work out any private agendas among them.

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