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MEP's Vote On Data Retention Plans

Posted: 07th Jun, 2005 By: MarkJ
The European Parliament will vote today on a report that calls for the controversial (snooping of online users’ personal information) data retention directive to be abandoned:

The parliamentary civil liberties committee has already accepted the report, and now activists are calling on Parliament itself to do the same. European Digital Rights (EDRI), an association of 17 civil rights organisations from 11 countries, has asked the parliament to adopt Alvaro's report.

The organisation has written an open letter to parliament, in which it describes data retention as "an invasive tool that interferes with the private lives of all 450 million people in the European Union". It warns that the proposal simultaneously expands surveillance powers, and reduces safeguards on human rights instruments, like the data protection directives, and the European Convention on Human Rights.


It's expected that a vote going against the adoption of said proposals would most likely result in them being re-drafted to cause fewer civil liberty concerns. More @ The Register.
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