Urgent: Telecoms Package Vote *Again*
Published 17:31, 22 September 08
Back in July I urged you to write to your MEPs about the Telecoms Package. Well, I'm at it again: the main vote was postponed, and will now take place on Wednesday 24 September, so there’s still time to write to your MEPs and ask them to support some amendments that should help (more details from Open Rights Group.)
Here's what I've just sent:
Back in July, I wrote to you about my concerns with the Telecoms Package. As you know, there is an imminent vote on this, and I would like to urge you to support two amendments which, I believe, address most of the issues that worried me and many others across Europe.
Amendment 133 is an anti-filtering amendment, and will add the following section to the Directive:
“Member States shall ensure that no technology may be mandated by competent authorities which would facilitate surveillance of internet users, such as technologies that mirror or monitor the user´s actions and/or interfere with operations of the user’s network activity for the benefit of a third party (known as “filtering”).”
Amendment 138 ensures that sanctions cannot be imposed on end-users without judicial oversight. It will add the following to the Directive:
“applying the principle that no restriction may be imposed on the rights and freedoms of end-users, notably in accordance with Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union on freedom of expression and information, without a prior ruling by the judicial authorities, except where dictated by force majeure or by the requirements of preserving network integrity and security, and subject to national provisions of criminal law imposed for reasons of public policy, public security or public morality.”
I hope you will agree that these are appropriate and proportionate ways to ensure that citizens are able to use the Internet free from the fear of unreasonable surveillance or censure – hardly unreasonable aspirations. I urge you to support these amendments.