Headline Oct 24, 2015/ ''' Students -SURVEILLANCE- Screams '''

''' Students -SURVEILLANCE- Screams '''

YOUNG JOURNALISTS, -young apprentice journalists operate on a strange mix of  adrenaline and idealism.

They saviour the rush of making a deadline or conquering the stage fright of a live broadcast. And they believe that if they master those skills, they'll contribute something important in their communities.

The above writing is from no less than a Contributing Writer, Hector Tobar, an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon.

And he goes on to add beautifully, ''the work of a journalist is not glamorous. Sometimes it's not safe. *That's why my students inspire me*.'' 

"I don't think that one photograph is going to change the world, but it's a record of where we are.'' the Mexican journalist Ruben Espinso said in one of his last interviews before he was killed in Mexico City in July.

He covered the drama unfolding in the Mexican state of Veracruz : OFFICIAL CORRUPTION, violent organized crime, disappearances, protest  and resistance.

Mr Espinosa's work had earned him death threats and the enmity of  powerful people in Veracruz.

Somewhere along the line, it is all about understanding the privacy myth. Mass surveillance on [2] continents take form. So, lets' read on:

A decision just two Tuesdays ago,  by the European Union's highest court, striking down an agreement between the E.U. and the United States that allows-

Companies like Facebook and Google to store the personal data of European users on servers in America, was considered a victory by some privacy advocates.

But in practice the ruling will do little to protect privacy unless lawmakers in Europe and the United States pass stricter privacy laws.

The agreement was meant to make it easy for technology companies to operate in Europe and the United States without worrying about setting up separate servers in each place.

But the European Court of Justice said that American laws do not adequately protect emails, social media information and other personal data stored on servers in America from surveillance by the National Security Agency and other government bodies.

It also directed other European regulators to investigate complaints by Europeans that their data is not secure when it is transferred abroad.

Legal experts and Internet executives say the most large technology companies can continue to store data about Europeans on servers in the United States under other rules that were not struck down by the court.

The real problem is that privacy laws in the United States and Europe are far too lax, and there are few indications that officials willing to strengthen them. 

While European countries have adopted stricter policies than American legislators have on how businesses collect, use and store personal information-' Many nations have government surveillance programs and some have expanded those.  
France passed a law this year that allows the government to screen communications on the networks of Internet service providers to identify messages linked to terrorism.

The Court of Justice is right to question whether the personal information of Europeans is being protected adequately in the United States.

But mass surveillance by the European governments is just as intrusive of privacy, and requiring data storage in Europe offers little comfort.

So, A ruling on storage of Europeans data is a symbolic victory. Stronger privacy laws are what's needed. 

And the latter completely applies to Pakistan and the developing world. !WOW! will leave no stone unturned to continue its struggle for achieving that.

With respectful dedication to the Chief Justices of the free world. See Ya all Your Honours on !WOW!  -the World Student Society Computers-Internet-Wireless:

''' The Right To Total Privacy '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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