Peter Schaar

was Germany’s Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information from 2003 till 2013. He is the author of Überwachung total: Wie wir in Zukunft unsere Daten schützen (Aufbau, 2014). Schaar’s blog can be found here.


Cover for: Privacy as a human right

Privacy as a human right

Edward Snowden and the control of power

The Snowden revelations revealed just how far some states had departed from the guarantees of privacy enshrined in the human and civil rights agreements of the post-war era. The European Union can play the central role in setting enforceable data protection standards internationally, however resisting the logic of surveillance also depends on pressure from society, writes Peter Schaar.