EU data protection authority confirms privacy threat in "Telecoms Package"
Paris, January 19th. The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) released his opinion on the current state of the Telecoms Package. His views on the ePrivacy directive confirms La Quadrature's analysis: If nothing is done, article 6.6(a) will allow any company to collect and process traffic data from any Internet user, for an undetermined period of time. This disposition is harmful and unacceptable. MEPs must react by strongly reaffirming citizens' right to privacy and the interests of society as a whole during the second reading of the package.
This analysis confirms the position sent by La Quadrature to MEPs on December 8th. In this letter, we asked to :
* Replace the Council's version of this article 6.6 of ePrivacy directive by EP amendment 181. The EDPS goes even further by asking for the deletion of the whole article. La Quadrature supports this position.
* Remove all remaining mentions to "lawful content" in the Telecoms Package. Everyone agreed that Telecoms Package is not the proper place for discussing about content.
* Reintroduce amendment 138 recalling fundamental safeguards for citizens essentials rights and freedom. This is especially when the right to privacy and to a fair trial are being torn away in France with the imbecilic "graduated response" law ("HADOPI"), which propagation attempt to the whole European Union hopefully failed.
La Quadrature calls all MEPs to continue their work towards protecting their voters' rights and freedom, and will be watchful to any attempt to favour private interests before the general interest during the "Telecoms Package" second reading.