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To the Editor

Great article by Andrew Standen-Raz (“Private Lives”, MET, Feb. 2016). It seems like nowadays we are torn between the conveniences that the digital era has brought us and the new risks it has created.

What most people haven’t quite understood yet, and in this light Mr. Standen-Raz’s article is very pertinent, is that the standards of safety are different online. Currently, encrypting your data and changing passwords often has become as much of a necessity as making sure you have your wallet is in your front pocket while walking around busy areas.

Pedro Henrique De Melo



To the Editor

Re: “Private Lives”, MET, Feb. 2016, by Andrew Standen-Raz. A fantastic article on a highly important and relevant topic. Currently I cannot agree more with Solms, that people don’t yet understand enough how important their privacy is, and why, I fear, we are not protesting enough.

This is our generation’s strongest topic of “democracy” and “civil rights”, and we need to get more active about it. Although, I also agree it’s a very difficult and complicated issue to tackle, as you also well describe the challenges of where to draw a line. But perhaps especially because if something is so complicated, we must do something about it.

But I’m so impressed with your angle of writing about it – amazing to see many interesting facts from the history here. Fascinating! Nobody is writing about contemporary problems anymore in a larger context, and I think this is extremely important. I’m so impressed with the amount of research involved here too.
Cannot wait to read your next story!

Rita Pollozhani



Thanks, Rita.

Your comment brings Santayana’s oft quoted statement to mind “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It would be refreshing if more of our media kept that in mind when reporting on world events.

Andrew Standen-Raz


To the Editor

Re: “Top Seven Vienna Bars for Non-Smokers” by Doris Neubauer, in Food & Drink / 27.9.15, [metropole.at online edition].  Smoking in pubs, cafes and restaurants was one of those things I didn’t like in Vienna. I remember when I went to the Kleines Cafe [1., Franziskanerplatz 3] or the Bukowski Pub [7., Siebensterngasse 8], I smelled exactly like an ashtray afterwards.
In Poland, where I actually come from, smoking in the public places is forbidden since 2010 and to be honest I almost forgot how it was…

Until I moved to Vienna. It was like traveling back in time.

Ewa Kaniak
Gliwice, Poland


Dear Ms. Kaniak 

Thanks for writing and describing your experience. It is interesting that so much has changed in Poland. As we’re sure you’ve discovered, there are more and more non-smoking establishments in Vienna, as well as many that have divided the space. This approach offers pubs and restaurants over 60m² the option to divide the space between smoking and non-smoking and allows smaller spaces to choose one way or the other. However, the split approach may fall to EU regulations.

The Editors


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