More: Brussels attacks rekindle privacy vs. security debate in Europe (26. March 2016)BRUSSELS — Even before Islamic State militants killed at least 31 people this week in Brussels, the symbolic heart of Europe, governments across the continent were moving to bolster security by expanding already robust surveillance powers.
But the carnage in the Belgian capital, and the likelihood of continued terror plots, have failed to extinguish a sharp debate across Europe over augmented law enforcement and communications monitoring. Critics fear that such measures as enhanced government access to personal data or passenger records will impinge upon Europeans’ privacy without breaking down the barriers that have undermined anti-terrorism efforts in the past.
It has been said that while borders within the EU (or at least the Schengen countries) have been removed, so there is free flow of people (and terrorists and explosives etc!) the national intelligence services don't share intelligence very effectively, so there is not free flow of intelligence.
What do you think is the right balance between security and privacy? Or is that a false dichotomy? How much resources should the government spend on surveillance? Are CCTV cameras on every street corner making us safer? Is Muslim immigration in the West a security issue?