Peter Hustinx, European data protection supervisor, on data protection:
How do you see data protection following the revelations by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden? Will the recent events bring about some real change in how governments deal with our data? The whole Snowden story has served as a wake-up call. But what we have now seen is not only extensive spying by the intelligence agencies, but also the dark side of the digital environment which includes things we’re using every day: our smartphones, our portables, our tablets. That is a painful discovery, because it includes us and how we behave. We are currently involved in a very ambitious review of the legal framework, which will bring stronger rights, obligations, supervision, enforcement and wider scope that will include many of the big companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. These are successful companies, but they have to adjust.