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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Free Internet in danger

After the ruling passed down by the ECJ the US and the EU must replace the "Safe Harbour" agreement with another as soon as possible, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger urges: "The Internet once stood for limitless freedom. Now, however, the worldwide web has lost its innocence. It is facing fragmentation and perversion. What's more, from China to Russia the Internet and the social media have long since become instruments of power and control. Between Europe and America, different cultures are now creating dangerous rifts in the digital world. The states of the free world have an interest in safeguarding the achievements of the Internet and the digital economy. That includes the EU and the US quickly reaching a consensus on a new 'Safe Harbour' agreement that is worthy of the name. If not even the Europeans and Americans can come to terms on joint standards for protecting personal data, the enemies of freedom from Moscow to Beijing will rejoice."

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