As we continue to grapple with the dilemma of Prism and the NSA observing our lives (or perhaps not–I haven’t heard too much discussion of this lately), the problem of privacy vs. security continues world-wide. Great Britain has now announced that it will opt out of over a hundred EU regulations, at least for the time being. One of those new laws has to do with creating a single European DNA database. On the surface, this sounds good–it will make chasing after criminals across the borders of EU countries easier. On the other hand, here is yet more opportunity for possible abuse of power, and a single institution having access to a lot of information about its citizens. Also–and this is what Britain is balking at–it means additional chipping away at the sovereignty of individual countries within the EU. Especially in connection with something called the European Arrest Warrant, which would allow any EU country to demand the deportation of an accused criminal from a different member country.
Britain says it wants to consider its options before agreeing to these regulations, and I’m thinking it is probably wise to do so.