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Paris, 25 April 2013 — A coalition of international and european organisations, including Access, Bits of Freedom, Digitale Gesellschaft, EDRI, La Quadrature du Net, Open Rights Group, and Privacy International, release a commun campaign and website, https://www.nakedcitizens.eu/. The site allows concerned citizens to contact their representatives in the European Parliament to urge them to vote in a way that ensures the protection of their fundamental right to privacy.
Regulation Set To Strip Citizens Of Their Right To Privacy

Civil rights groups urgently demand that Members of the European Parliament protect the privacy of their citizens

Since revisions to the EU legal framework on data protection were proposed, there has been an unprecedented level of lobbying by corporations and foreign governments. The European Parliament is considering dangerous amendments to the Commission's proposals. These amendments would strip citizens of their privacy rights, according to a report from a coalition of civil rights groups. The report bases its findings on the analysis of nearly 4000 proposed amendments currently discussed in the European Parliament.

“Without effective privacy protection, our personal lives are laid bare, to be used and abused by business and governments.” says Joe McNamee of European Digital Rights and spokesperson of the coalition. “We urge Members of the European Parliament to put citizen's rights first and vote against these harmful proposals.”

In view of the final vote in the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament on the Data Protection Regulation set for the 29th of May, the civil society coalition report highlights the five worst amendments to the Data Protection Regulation as proposed by Members of the European Parliament.

The Regulation proposed by the European Commission seeks to update and modernise the rules to suit the digital age, and provide citizens with greater control over their personal data. Excessive lobbying by large corporations and governments now means that this reform risks destroying the current legal framework.

Today's digital citizens need to be able to trust the online services they use. The exceptionally low levels of trust shown in both European and US consumer surveys are simply unsustainable for both citizens and business. Trust needs to be rebuilt by giving people back control over their own data through the right:
(1) to access and delete their own data,
(2) to move their data easily from one service to another,
(3) to know that consent to use their data for one purpose is not abused by companies which subsequently use the data for unrelated purposes,
(4) to know that their data is protected from foreign governments,
(5) to know that, if there is a security breach of their data, the company responsible is obliged to inform them.

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Re: EU Regulation Set To Strip Citizens Of Their Right To Privacy
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013, 14:39:38 PM »
Thank you for this info. mayya.
I'm going to read it twice.

I'm going to move this thread to The Great European Lie board wich is specifically dedicated to EU/Europe related issues and how this "union" is litterally limitating the Citiziens' rights and freedoms.

The provacy issue is a very important theme.
I wish we can widely discuss it here too.

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Re: EU Regulation Set To Strip Citizens Of Their Right To Privacy
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 22:04:47 PM »
Hi Isis,

thank you for your interest -  all europeans citizens can get involved simply by sending a postcard to a Member of the European Parliament through the www.makedcitizens.eu  website.
I have been sending a postcard everyday for the past week : someone is going to be fed up with me ;-) and i intend to continue until the 29th of may, voting day.

here are the main issues regarding the proposed amendments :

- they weaken the definition of consent, making it more likely people could unwittingly agree to their data being used.
-they make it easy for companies to profile people without their consent, resulting in possible discrimination particularly of the most vulnerable.
-they allow businesses to  more readily  decide their interests outweigh people's privacy rights.
- they assume that so-called “pseudonymisation of data” is an effective means of insuring that privacy  does not come to any harm

best regards
mayya

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Re: EU Regulation Set To Strip Citizens Of Their Right To Privacy
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2013, 22:07:34 PM »
http://edri.org/edrigram/number11.9/launch-nakedcitizens-eu

Home » EDRi-gram newsletter - Number 11.9, 8 May 2013
Launch of Nakedcitizens.eu
8 May, 2013
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Privacy

On 25 April 2013, a coalition of international digital human rights groups launched a campaign to warn that current European Parliament proposals could strip citizens of their privacy rights. Unprecedented lobbying efforts, mainly led by corporations, have contributed to these developments.

The final vote in the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) of the European Parliament on the Data Protection Regulation was initially scheduled for the end of May, but has now been postponed a few weeks to take place before the summer break. Rapporteur MEP Albrecht commented that the Parliament needed “more time” to consider more than 4000 amendments.

In order to urge Parliamentarians to put their constituencies' rights first and vote against harmful proposals, the coalition launched a report listing the worst amendments, as well as a website, nakedcitizens.eu. The web portal allows concerned citizens to send “naked” postcards to their representatives in the European Parliament.

On 13 May 2013, the coalition will also organise a privacy camp for activists in Brussels – if you are interested to participate, you can contact office (at) edri.org.

Members of the coalition are European Digital Rights (representing 35 European organisations), Privacy International, Access, Digitale Gesellschaft, Bits of Freedom, Panoptykon, Open Rights Group and La Quadrature du Net.

Press release: Regulation set to strip citizens of their right privacy (25.04.2013)
http://edri.org/PR-eudatap

International privacy organisations: Don't let corporations strip citizens of their right to privacy (25.04.2013)
http://edri.org/files/2013-campaign-report.pdf

Photos from the press event (25.04.2013)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/weidenholzer/8679666053/in/photostream

Video from the press event (25.04.2013)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBa0s-RP4cM

EU data protection vote delayed again (7.05.2013)
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2038072/eu-data-protection-vote-delayed...

EDRi Organises European Activist Barcamp and Safari on Threats to Citizens’ Privacy Rights (13-15 May) (8.05.2013)
http://www.edri.org/eudatap_camp

(Contribution by Kirsten Fiedler - EDRi)