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UK Spy Chief Throws Privacy in the Fire, Says It’s not an ‘Absolute Right’

In a piece for London’s Financial Times, Britain’s new spy chief Robert Hannigan said U.S. technology companies should offer “greater co-operation” in the fight against terrorism, by working with governments rather than working against their intelligence agencies in the wake of the Edward Snowden disclosures.

Hannigan suggested that as the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Web, there should be a “new deal” between governments and the technology companies “in the area of protecting our citizens.” However, his remarks land squarely in conflict with a fundamental European principle: that privacy is an ingrained right to everyone living in the 28-member state bloc of nations.

You can read more in an article by Zack Whittaker in the ZDnet web site at

Hannigan’s words remind me of a quote from Benjamin Franklin: “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.”

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