TECHNOLOGY + PRIVACY | 28 JANUARY 2010 :: HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DATA PRIVACY DAY EVERYONE
Today is Data Privacy Day.
“Big Blue, the Holocaust, and the EU Model: How Europe Led the Way on Privacy Protection Policy.”
The digital era has increased the pace with which governments have attempted to regulate the privacy of their “data subjects.”
The “EU Model,” with its civil rights approach to privacy, has emerged as the “gold standard” of privacy protection policy.
After a brief discussion on the meaning of privacy, the paper explores the social, political, and legal contexts in which privacy protection policy evolved in these two paradigms. Of particular note is the Nazi era as a defining moment in the history of Europe, and Europeans’ wish not to repeat the past.
Before and during the Second World War, International Business Machines played a pivotal role in maximizing Hitler’s war machine. IBM Hollerith machines enabled the Third Reich to attempt to create a society based on surveillance, classification, social selection, and sorting. Thus, the EU Model has, in its shadows, a link to a little known or forgotten piece of history with a nexus to the dawn of the Information Age.
I found researching this paper a breeze once I found the Nazi connection.
Edwin Black’s eloquently written book (below) is a fascinating and harrowing glimpse into the dark side of humanity and the dawn of the Information Age.
George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair)
25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950
Nineteen Eight-Four, British first edition cover (1949)
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