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Laws which impose stringent restrictions on rights and liberties do not reflect interest of the people
Law & Our Rights

Laws which impose stringent restrictions on rights and liberties do not reflect interest of the people

When speaking about laws and legal framework in general, the state of economic as well as political world order has always been relevant.

Our personal data: Is it safe anymore?
Law & Our Rights

Our personal data: Is it safe anymore?

Doesn’t it happen too often that we are talking about buying a product via messaging apps and the next thing we know an advertisement of the same product pops up in our social media feed? It somewhat feels like someone is keeping track of our conversations but in reality, all forms of our data existing online, for example (but not limited to) our public posts, search histories, private conversations are being accumulated as big data.

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