So many social media "evangelists" (a fancy term for some consultants who are full of s*#t) shouted from the roof tops how digital platforms would make the world a safer and freer place to exchange ideas and increase the freedom of speech. Unfortunately, many of these "evangelists" don't understand how some governments and private companies are using social media to digitally follow and keep tabs on what people are doing. Some of these new activities are actually a huge threat to democracy and our personal freedoms.
Earlier this year, the government in Spain enacted its "Citizen Security Law" which appears to restrict what its citizens may say online about some government officials. On July 22nd, the law was apparently utilized when local police in Spain accused one of its citizens of "making comments on social media that showed a lack of respect and consideration for Gumar's (a town in Spain) local police. The accused may be fined hundreds of Euros and has hired a lawyer to fight the charges.
Spain isn't the first country to enact and/or enforce laws specifically designed to stop its citizens from criticizing its government online and it will not be the last country to do so. Therefore, it is imperative to be vigilant about digital freedom of speech and privacy. You don't know how important these rights are until you lose them.
Copyright 2015 by The Law Office of Bradley S. Shear, LLC All rights reserved.