How can Europe solve the privacy paradox? According to a special Eurobarometer survey conducted in September and October 2021, close to half (46%) of EU citizens worry about the use of personal data and information by companies or public administrations. Yet, the “privacy paradox” suggests that real-life user behaviours don’t consistently mirror these concerns. Is there a way to align concerns with behaviour without compromising user experience?

We put some of YOUR questions on this topic to a panel of experts to discuss solutions to improve general online privacy:

💬 Yana Toom, MEP, Renew Europe

💬 Keith Enright, Chief Privacy Officer, Google

💬 Natascha Gerlach, Director of Privacy Policy, Centre for Information Policy Leadership

💬 Gianclaudio Malgieri, Associate Professor of Law, Leiden University & Co-Director, Brussels Privacy Hub

What’s the future of data privacy? Is the internet properly incentivising the responsible use of data? Is there a business case for minimising data use and increasing user control? And are Europeans well-served by privacy solutions offered by companies? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

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  1. avatar
    Jevgeni

    There are no privacy.today in the digital world. But when we settle in stone (and law) that the personal information has stock value and each individual is the one profiting from selling personal information, then the privacy will be treated differently. Of course it does not concern the governments who has information about us that would not be possible without going digital – and this pose risks as government may abuse tze data they habe on each of us, especially when we get to digital-only money world.

  2. avatar
    Lili

    People who has nothing special to hide are not afraid of show a certain amount of privacy.
    Criminals instead hate surveillance, because they can be caught easily!

    • avatar
      Azur

      am shocked by your statement. According to you, the police are allowed to record children and later share such videos on pedophile channels, as is the case in Sweden.

    • avatar
      Lili

      I did not write such, it is your wrong interpretation!

    • avatar
      Azur

      Pedophiles with a large dose of racism. It is actually the highest and purest interpretation.

    • avatar
      Lili

      I don’t believe it! We cannot generalize the situation just for some isolated cases!

    • avatar
      Azur

      If it means, according to you, an isolated case must not suffer legal consequences. So much for the rule of law.

    • avatar
      Lili

      I didn’t not wrote that! We talk here about the necessity of survilance, not about policemen or who know who was not punished… 🤔

    • avatar
      Azur

      So pedophiles can go unpunished and even terrorists can be housed in the country, but as soon as I drink coca cola it is a punishable act. I understand.

    • avatar
      Lili

      Maybe in your country, not in mine! I don’t know what you refer to when you write these…
      Pedofils are panished if they are caught.

    • avatar
      Azur

      So the Swedish government and police must go in prison. Thanks for the enlightenment. But I’m also interested in what happens to the police in your country, who enter private apartments without a court order and without the presence of witnesses? In Sweden, this is normal for individuals.

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      Anonymous

      Spoken like a true slave. I don’t need to be a criminal to worry about being tracked at my every step. Why is a simple concept of “none of your damn business” soooo hard to grasp for some people?

  3. avatar
    Mariusz

    If you have nothing to hide, tell me where you live, show me your home, and how much money do you have.
    I have almost nothing to hide, but I know that people who want to look, are not my friends.
    Criminals are not easy to catch, because they cautious, they know that someone is watching.

  4. avatar
    Willem

    To be honest, I’m more worried about the EU managing any information…

  5. avatar
    BG

    Sponsored by google, in accordance with one of the political heavys.
    Your data belongs to you only, not to some entity, that wants to make you a slave. Knowledge is power and knowledge about you means control over you. And who controls you, owns you.

  6. avatar
    Damian

    Cashless society will be society with strongly limited privacy. Using cash is one of the possible ways to reduce risk for privacy.

  7. avatar
    Andreas

    I am worried I believe, that it might be a control society.

    • avatar
      Dayanara

      it is!! This is not a free life! This is totally insain!!

  8. avatar
    Lili

    In such way that criminals are caught fast and it will also prevent future criminality!

  9. avatar
    Dayanara

    Its sick And insain! We are not criminals or litle childeren that need to be watched 24 hour a day!!! This is wicket and evil!

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