The European ministers of Justice and the European Commission want to keep all telephone and internet traffic data of all 450 million Europeans. If you are concerned about this plan, please sign the petition.
What's wrong with data retention? The proposal to retain traffic data
will reveal who has been calling and e-mailing whom, what websites
people have visited and even where they were with their mobile phones.
Telephone companies and internet services providers would be ordered to
store all traffic data of their customers. Police and intelligence
agencies in Europe would be granted access the traffic data. Various,
competing proposals in Brussels mention retention periods from 6 months
up to four years.
Data retention is an invasive tool that interferes with the private
lives of all 450 million people in the European Union. Data retention
is a policy that expands powers of surveillance in an unprecedented
manner. It simultaneously revokes many of the safeguards in European
human rights instruments, such as the Data Protection Directives and
the European Convention on Human Rights.
Data retention means that governments may interfere with your private
life and private communications regardless if you are suspected of a
crime or not.
Data retention is not a solution to terrorism and crime!
In July 2005 the European Parliament adopted a report by Parliament
member Alexander Alvaro on the mandatory data retention plan. The
report concludes that the proposal is disproportionate. The report also
questions the necessity, effectiveness and high costs for industry and
No research has been conducted anywhere in Europe that supports the
need and necessity of creating such a large-scale database containing
such sensitive data for the purpose of fighting crime and terrorism.
The attacks on London are an attack on human rights. The protection of
those human rights matters most when governments and societies face
times of crisis. The worst possible response would be to jeopardise
those carefully wrought rights by a panic-inspired response. A mass
surveillance response to terror would result in a resounding success
for the perpetrators of these attacks: a fundamental undermining of our
most fundamental values.
What can you do to stop this plan?
If you are concerned about the European plans for data retention, please sign the petition and alert as many people as you can to support
this campaign. The signatures will be sent to the European Commission and the European Parliament.