Friday, October 15, 2010

Privacy is important!

The European Commission is very serious regarding privacy rights. In fact, the 30th of September it has sued the UK for not fully implementing EU rules on the confidentiality of electronic communications such as e-mail or internet browsing.
The claims against UK are the following:
  • there is no independent national authority to supervise the interception of some communications, although the establishment of such authority is required under the ePrivacy and Data Protection Directives, in particular to hear complaints regarding interception of communications
  • current UK law authorises interception of communications not only where the persons concerned have consented to interception but also when the person intercepting the communications has ‘reasonable grounds for believing’ that consent to do so has been given. These UK provisions do not comply with EU rules defining consent as “freely given, specific and informed indication of a person’s wishes”
  • current UK law prohibiting and providing sanctions in case of unlawful interception are limited to ‘intentional’ interception only, whereas EU law requires Members States to prohibit and to ensure sanctions against any unlawful interception regardless of whether committed intentionally or not. (Citation from here.)
This is the right attention to give to privacy issues. We are sure that when Yatedo comes to the commission's attention it will be closed.
All of you that are concearned about their own privacy, contact the European entities as indicated in our other posts. Indicate Yatedo to them as a privacy breaching company, and describe your experience with them, the fact that they refuse to cancell your profiles and private data, etc.

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