[Politech] European privacy groups rally opposition to mandatory data retention [priv]

From: Declan McCullagh (declan@private)
Date: Tue Sep 21 2004 - 06:08:16 PDT

[But wait... I thought the European Commission's approach to privacy was 
inherently superior to the American approach? Even in the aftermath of 
9-11, I don't recall this idea being seriously proposed here... --Declan]

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Subject: Signatures against Data Retention
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 19:50:24 +0200
From: Twister (Bettina Winsemann) <twister@private>
Organization: STOP1984
To: declan@private
CC: dave@private

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Sorry for posting this to the moderators of two lists.
I have, to make it transparent, not used the bcc-function. If you
onsider it as some kind of "spam" please accept my appologies.

Civil Rights Organisations call for signatures against mandatory
Data Retention

I think it is a very important matter and though it sounds like
"only European" I am personally the opinion that it is a matter
which should not be considered a European one as the mandatory
retention of telecommunication data involves anyone who has
contact to someone who is within the reach of this law.

Any mail coming to me would be within the reach of this data
retention scheme so that though the sender are in the USA or
wherever they "are" involved.

Therefore I would be pleased if any organisation would endorse
this statement against a mandatory Data Retention in Europe.
(Signees can only be organisations or companies...)
and if you could pass this on on your lists.




Urgent call to sign-on to answer to data retention

Privacy International [PI] and European Digital Rights [EDRI]
have published their joint answer to the consultation on
mandatory data retention. The Directorate Generals on Information
Society and on Justice and Home Affairs from the European
Commission asked for public comments on a proposed retention
regime across Europe between 12 and 36 months for all traffic
data generated by using fixed and mobile telephony and Internet.

The deadline for comments expires on 15 September 2004.

PI and the 15 member organisations of EDRI call on all
organisations to sign on to this answer!

The EU plans the wide-spread retention of personal data resulting
from communications, or so-called traffic data. We argue that any
such retention is necessarily a hazardously invasive act. With
the progress of technology, this data is well beyond being simple
logs of who we've called and when we called them. Traffic data
can now be used to create a map of human associations and more
importantly, a map of human activity and intention.

As technologies become more invasive, and as laws are
increasingly reluctant to protect individual rights, the European
Union should be fulfilling its role to uphold the rights of
individuals. Data retention is an invasive and illegal practice
with illusory benefits.

We invite any other organisations to endorse the response, which
can be found at
. Please sign on ASAP but not later than 15.09.2004, 10:00 AM.

As much as we appreciate individual support, only organisations
are invited to endorse this answer. Due to a number of reasons
(privacy-wise and administrative) we cannot process individual
signatures, and will only publish names of organisations with
their main URLs.
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