Fw: [manworth] Fw: EU VOTES TO END DATA PRIVACY
- Ok guysIt's been good but it's over. I suggest that our biggest urgency is joining with the civil rights groups and ending this infringement on our civil liberties, which is phone and internet tapping, and storing of that data. It will mean a lot of money, in costs, to store the data. It has already happened, our countries will have to make it law, we will have to try and reverse it. We will still be able to get online but it will just cost more.Fecking ejits is the Irish term for those who have done this. I couldn't agree more!!The cause is all.!!!! Good fortune brothers!
Regards Spence----- Original Message -----From: SEAN KELLYSent: Friday, May 31, 2002 10:40 PMSubject: [manworth] Fw: EU VOTES TO END DATA PRIVACY
EU VOTES TO END DATA PRIVACY . . . PROPOSED NEW EU LAW WILL ALLOW POLICE
TO SPY ON PHONE AND INTERNET TRAFFIC
(Front-page headline and main story from "The Guardian", London, on today,
Friday 31 May 2002)
European law enforcement agencies were yesterday given sweeping powers to
monitor telephone, internet and e-mail traffic in a move denounced by
critics as the biggest threat to data privacy in a generation.
Despite opposition from civil libverties groups worldwide, the European
Parliament bowed to pressure from individual Governments, led by Britain,
and approved legislation to give police the power to access the
communications records of every phone and internet user.
The measure, which will be approved by the 15 EU Member States, will allow
governments to force phone and internet companies to retain detailed logs
of their customers' communications for an unspecified period. Currently
records are kept only for a couple of months for billing purposes before
Although police will still require a warrant to intercept the content of
electronic communications, the new legislation means they will be able to
build up a complete picture of an individual's personal communications,
including who they have e-mailed or phoned and when,and which internet
sites they have visited.
From mobile phone records, police will be able to map people's movements,
because the phones communicate with the nearest base station every few
In urban areas this information is accurate to within a few hundred
metres,but when the next generation of mobile phones comes on stream, it
will pinpoint users' locations to within a few metres.
Tony Bunyan, editor of "Statewatch", said: "This is the latest casualty in
the war against terrorism so far as civil liberties are concerned. The
problem with wanting to monitor a few people is that you end up having to
keep data on everybody."
Last night, the (British) Home Office welcomed the result: "The UK
is very pleased that the European Council and Parliament have reached
agreement on a text that will ensure that the fight against terrorism and
other crime will be given the appropriate weight. It is, of course, very
important to protect people's fundamental rights and freedoms, but,as the
tragic events of September 11 show, this must be balanced with the need to
ensure that the law enforcement community can do its job."
But critics said the move amounted to blanket general surveillance of the
whole population. The communications industry has also opposed data
retention, questioning the feasibility and cost of storing such vast
amounts of information.
John Wadham, director of Liberty, said: "This violates a fundamental
principle of privacy, which is that data collected for one purpose should
not be used for another.
"The police and the authorities will be able to trawl through the details
of the communiiations of millions of innocent people merely because there
is a posisbility that they might come across something suspicious."
EUobserver story on the same issue:
EURO-PARLIAMENT VOTES TO GIVE EU MEMBER STATES ACCESS TO EVERYONE'S
E-MAILS,INTERNET RECORDS, PHONE CALLS AND MOBILE PHONE POSITIONS
The European Parliament adopted yesterday, Thursday 30 May, a
controversial proposal to allow EU States to have access to citizens'
private data used in electronic communications, which civil rights groups
and press associations say damage privacy rights.
The fight over protecting privacy or giving States the right to "spy" on
everyone in this way ended when the Parliament said internet and telecom
companies could be obliged to retain personal information on their users
for a limited period, for reasons of national security.
The EU states claim the move is necessary in the aftermath of the 11
September terrorist attacks.
The new form of the data protection law provides that Member States can
lift protection of data privacy from citizens when they deem it
"necessary, appropriate and proportionate," and the move is in line witrh
the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention of Human
This amendment to the EU law on data protection has sparked protests from
human rights watchers, who claim that EU States will be allowed to spy on
people, and worried business firms that complain about the extra cost of
storing data on electronic communications users.
The European Parliament's largest political groups, the Socialists and
Conservatives, were the key force in authorising EU Member States to hace
access to personal data, when they decided to back national Government
Ministers who did not want the proposed law to go through a further period
of conciliation before being voted on. Minister argued that the the move
to allow data retention is justified by security concerns following the
September 11 terrorist attacks.
The European Commission, which had initially proposed that data could only
be stored for billing and interconnection payments, accepted the change,
but the Commissioner in charge of telecommunications, Erkki Liikanen,
commented that data on citizens should not be retained for more than
months. The directive is part of a package of legislation intended to
boost the European economy and enable it to become the most
competitive world economy by 2010.
However, industry claims the directive on data protection would imply
extra costs for storing not only phone numbers used by a certain user, but
the web pages that individuals visited, for instance.
A number of members of the European Parliament, including the Liberal
Democrat group, criticised the vote and said the new law hands too much
power to the State to control private individuals. Before the vote, an
alliance of 40 civil liberty groups from various countries warned that if
the law is voted through, it could have "disastrous consequences for the
most sensitive and confidential types of personal data."
After the Council of Ministers officially endorses the Euro-Parliament's
vote, which is likely, EU Member States would have to adopt their
national laws to introduce this proposal in their domestic legislation.
Written and edited by Daniela Spinant for EUobserver.com
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- Hi guysDoes anyone know the name of the biggest civil liberties group?
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