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European Parliament: Security yes, but fundamental user rights too
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2009 16:44:27 -0400



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From: WWWhatsup <joly () punkcast com>
Date: March 28, 2009 4:17:11 PM EDT
To: Dave Farber <dave () farber net>
Subject: Fwd: European Parliament: Security yes, but fundamental user rights too

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Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2009 18:24:12 +0100
From: Marcin Cieslak <saper () saper info>

In a recently published European Parliament recommendation of 26 March 2009 to the Council on strengthening security and fundamental freedoms on the Internet (2008/2160(INI))

Among others:

"transparency, respect for privacy and an environment of trust amongst I-stakeholders should be considered indispensable elements in order to build a sustainable security vision for the Internet,"

"on the Internet, freedom of expression and privacy can at the same time be both better enhanced and more exposed to intrusions and limitations by both private and public actors,"

"these crimes must be countered effectively and decisively, without altering the fundamental free and open nature of the Internet,"

"in a democratic society, it is the citizens who are entitled to observe and to judge daily the actions and beliefs of their governments and of private companies that provide them with services; whereas technologically advanced surveillance techniques, sometimes coupled with the absence of adequate legal safeguards regarding the limits of their application, increasingly threaten this principle,"

Accepted with 481 votes in favour, 25 against and 21 abstentions.
The recommendation text: http://42.pl/u/1AvQ

Press release: http://42.pl/u/1AvR

I think this is a very important resolution, sadly without direct legal value. It's the first time the European Parliament has addressed the cybersecurity issues.

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