[A2k] The European Parliament Must Protect Our Right to Privacy
La Quadrature du Net
jz at laquadrature.net
Thu Oct 17 03:04:48 PDT 2013
Themes: DATA PROTECTION, PRIVACY, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, JOINT PRESS RELEASE
La Quadrature du Net – For immediate release
Permanent link: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/the-european-parliament-must-protect-our-right-to-privacy
The European Parliament Must Protect Our Right to Privacy
*** Paris, 17 October 2013 — Few day before the vote  of the “Civil Liberties” committee (LIBE) on the future European Regulation on the protection of our personal data, a coalition of European organisations release the following joint press release by 16 non-governmental organizations reaffirming the pressing need for a strong protection of the citizens' fundamental right to privacy. ***
** Civil rights groups call on European Parliament to vote for strong data protection rules **
On Monday 21 October, the European Parliament will decide on the future of privacy and data protection in Europe. The recent revelations surrounding government surveillance involving some of the Internet's biggest companies have highlighted the urgency of an update of Europe's privacy rules.
The Regulation will have a major impact on the digital environment for citizens, businesses and public bodies. “The choice is between clear, harmonised, predictable and enforceable rules that will benefit European citizens and businesses or unclear, unpredictable rules that will benefit nobody except data monopolies and lawyers,” said Joe McNamee, EDRi's Executive Director.
Civil society groups are concerned that any weakening of the European data protection rules and principles will undermine the rights and freedoms of European citizens. The past months have shown how important it is to limit the collection of data to the minimum necessary, to ensure privacy by design and to safeguard the right of individuals to delete their data from online services. The European Parliament now has the responsibility to ensure that Europe gets strong data protection rules for a competitive and harmonised market.
The Regulation will only be as strong as its weakest link, so it is critical that no loopholes are created that would undermine our democratic rights.
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** About la Quadrature du Net **
La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that defends the rights and freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates for the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation of knowledge.
In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific and pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to encourage citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and freedoms in the digital age.
La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society Institute and Privacy International.
List of supporting organisations: https://www.laquadrature.net/en/they-support-la-quadrature-du-net
** Press contact and press room **
Jérémie Zimmermann, jz at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)615 940 675
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