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Malcolm Harbour

Telecoms Package: A little extra effort required

Paris, March 2nd − Rapporteurs for the European Parliament on the directives of the Telecoms Package, have just released their draft reports for the second reading. Some improvements were made, like the reintroduction of amendments 138 & 166. About “Net discrimination”, the worst was avoided, but there is still a blatant lack for clarification and concrete guarantees that Telecom operators won't be allowed full control over the Internet. La Quadrature du Net calls IMCO and ITRE members to vigilance in order to “patch” the last loopholes left open in this text.

Who wants Net Discrimination in Europe?

Paris, Feb.16th - Amendments in the European Parliament to the "Telecoms Package" 1 may allow operators to take control of their customer's usage of the Net. According to amendments pushed by AT&T, "network management practices" could be used to discriminate what content, services and applications users could access and use.

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.

Telecoms Package : La Quadrature prepares the 2nd reading

La Quadrature just sent a letter to the Members of European Parliament, rapporteurs and shadow rapporteurs on the "Telecoms Package", who are meeting these days for preparing the second reading.

Some provisions of the text agreed by the ministers of the 27 Member States remain problematic and require their intervention:

Telecoms Package : European democracy's victory already threatened

La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) welcomes the adoption, in the first reading, of several amendments correcting major problems in the Telecoms Package, as well as the rejection of the most dangerous amendments.

Members of the European Parliament have shown today their commitment to privacy, the protection of personal data, and principles of proportionality and separation of powers.

Telecoms Package: Europe which doesn't protect citizens?

Brussels, September the 16th - La Quadrature du Net / Squaring the Net took notice of compromise amendements [1] to the "Telecoms Package" [2] filed jointly by the 3 main political groups (PPE-DE, PSE and ALDE) in the name of the European Parliament commission in charge of the consumer protection.

Telecoms Package: Why the European Parliament must fight for amendment 138

On Monday, September 28th, the Conciliation committee on the Telecoms Package – a major reform of the Telecommunications sector in the European Union (EU) – started discussing contentious provisions that remain in the text. Early May, Rapporteurs for the EP and diplomats from the Council of the EU reached a consensus on the whole package, but one amendment that was finally passed by the Parliament : the notorious amendment 138. This fundamental provision is now at the heart of the negotiation.

Act now! The future of EU Internet may be sealed tonight.

Brussels, September 28th - The first conciliation meeting on the Telecoms Package will take place tonight at 7:30PM. In this meeting, 27 Members of the European Parliament will decide on the future of Internet in Europe. They will choose whether to fix or maintain the dreadful anti-Net neutrality dispositions voted in second reading by the Parliament, under the influence of AT&T. Rapporteurs and representatives of the Swedish Presidency opposed this idea so far. European citizens only have a few hours to urge MEPs to preserve Europe's innovation, competition, and citizen's fundamental rights.

Following the US Example, Europe Must Act Now to Protect Net Neutrality

As the United States moves forward to guarantee Net Neutrality, the European Union is on the verge of passing a major reform of the telecommunications sector that contains provisions threatening the open, non-discriminatory nature of the Internet. If Europe were to adopt the telecom package as it stands now, it would risk further undermining its position as one of the top leaders of the information age.

Telecoms Package: Towards a bad compromise on net discrimination?

Behind closed doors, positions are being negotiated on the Telecoms Package among the rapporteur, the European Commission, and the Council of the EU. If those "trialogues" get to a compromise, it will simply be put to votes as a whole in committees instead of the amendments tabled in the Parliament. This opaque process is disturbing in itself, but the content of the compromise is even worse. Once again some powerful parties are fighting against equal access.

Protect EU citizens in IMCO/ITRE votes on March 31st (letters)

Here are the letters (PDF attached below) La Quadrature du Net sent to members of IMCO and ITRE committees about the crucial votes on Telecoms Package second reading, on March 31st.

Letter to IMCO members

Protect EU citizens in the Harbour report!

Paris, March 26th

Dear Member of the European Parliament, dear IMCO member,

EU proposal puts confidential communications data at risk.

Civil liberties groups La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi) and AK Vorrat are urging the European Parliament to heed advice given by the European Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx and scrap plans dubbed "voluntary data retention".

Press release by La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi), netzpolitik.org and Working Group on Data Retention (AK Vorrat), 28 January 2009

PRESS: Voting recommendations and press meeting on "Telecoms-Package"

The joint-venture of the NGOs "La Quadrature du Net" with help of "FFII" (=Foundation for a free informational Infrastructure; Europe) and "AK Vorrat" (=Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung; Germany) and netzpolitik.org has updated their voting recommendations for the plenary vote on the "Telecoms Package" on September 24th 2008 at 11:30AM at the European Parliament in Brussels. A visual art installation about digital surveillance and a press meeting will be held in front of the European Parliament before the vote (see details below).

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