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About Günter Schirmer

Günter Schirmer is deputy head of the secretariat of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He writes here in a personal capacity.

Articles by Günter Schirmer

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Mass surveillance: wrong in practice as well as principle

The paradox of mass state surveillance, as the answer to non-state violence, is that it can overlook the intelligence targeted law enforcement finds and render critical infrastructures vulnerable—never mind threatening fundamental freedoms.

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