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Is the Council Selling Our Personal Data to Private Companies?

Paris, 24 June 2015 — Ongoing for many months, a new stage of trialogue negotiations1 on the future EU regulation regarding the protection of personal data is starting today. The document published last 8th June shows that the EU Council is trying to eradicate most of the dispositions protecting citizens from the final text. Even if it is still too weak, citizens' representatives must stay firm and keep the position adopted by the European Parliament on 12 March 2014.

  • 1. Negotiations behind closed doors carried on by delegates of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union

France in the Era of Mass Surveillance! We must resist!

Paris, 24 June 2015 — It's a sad day for freedom! French representatives just adopted the French Surveillance Law. As an ironic echo to the recent WikiLeaks revelations about NSA spying on French political authorities, this vote calls for a new type of resistance for citizens.

Letter to S&D and ALDE MEPs: Stand Up for Net Neutrality

Paris, 24 June 2015 — Negotiations on Net Neutrality between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union (trialogue) started on 11 March in order to settle an agreement on the final regulation. Political groups send few representatives to the trialogue but political groups do not necessarily adopt it and compromise with a text that does not respect main democratic values. Citizens shall urgently call all S&D and ALDE Members of European Parliament (MEPs), who are about to decide, in the next days, of their group positions, and urge them to resist against a text that would infringe fundamental rights and liberties of any European citizen. La Quadrature has sent MEPs the following letter.

French Surveillance Bill: a Major Defeat for Liberties

Paris, 19 June 2015 — The Commission Mixte Paritaire — a joint parliamentary committee responsible for reaching a compromise between the lower and upper house — met on 16th June to reach an agreement on the final version on the Surveillance Bill, between the version approved by the National Assembly on 5th May, and the one approved by the Senate on 9th June. However, a last minute change modified deeply the spirit of the Bill and its application on French territory. La Quadrature du Net regrets this umpteenth anti-democratic procedure and renews its call to French representatives to reject this text during the final vote on the 23rd and 24th June.

Newsletter #65

Salut à toutes et à tous !

Voici la newsletter 65 de La Quadrature du Net !

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RECOURS CONTRE LES DÉCRETS D'APPLICATION DE LA LPM

Envoyé fin février 2015, le recours contre le décret d'application de la Loi de programmation militaire présenté conjointement par la Fédération FDN, French Data Network et La Quadrature du Net a été transféré par le Conseil d'État au Conseil Constitutionnel. Cela signifie que le Conseil d'État a considéré que notre questionnement était nouveau et présentait un caractère sérieux. Il faut maintenant attendre la décision du Conseil Constitutionnel.

En résumé, le recours se base sur une la possibilité de la police d'avoir accès aux « données de connexion » dans le chapitre « informations et documents ». La question est de savoir si « informations et documents » recouvre un champ plus large que « données de connexion ». En séance au Sénat sur le projet de loi sur le renseignement, Jean-Yves Le Drian a refusé un amendement remplaçant « informations et documents » par « données de connexion » en étant assez flou sur la définition des deux et en considérant qu'il n'y avait pas lieu de se poser la question. Pourtant le Conseil d'État estime qu'il y a un doute. Le problème est donc de savoir où se trouve la limite entre « données de connexion » et « informations et documents » et ce que recouvrent chacun des termes.

Cela entre aussi en compte dans le cadre de la protection des activités des journalistes (protection des sources) et des avocats (protection des clients), puisque l'accès aux données de connexion ne permet pas d'identifier une profession protégée sans lever son anonymat.

PROJET DE LOI RENSEIGNEMENT

Le projet de loi relatif au renseignement a été adopté par les deux chambres du Parlement et sera définitivement adopté par l'Assemblée nationale le 24 juin prochain (la date du Sénat n'a pas encore été communiquée).

Malgré une opposition proportionnellement un peu plus marquée qu'à l'Assemblée nationale, le vote des sénateurs a rejoint celui des députés le 5 mai dernier pour adopter un texte dénoncé comme dangereux par une part importante des défenseurs des libertés, des syndicats, des magistrats et avocats, des journalistes et malgré une opposition argumentée et transpartisane au sein même du Parlement.

La commission mixte paritaire qui réunira, d'ici quelques jours, un groupe de députés et de sénateurs pour harmoniser le texte en vue de son adoption définitive ne pourra donc que valider une loi qui :

  • étend largement le champ d'action du renseignement ;
  • légalise massivement les pratiques illégales des services ;
  • instaure des techniques de surveillance de masse ;
  • crée une commission de contrôle des interceptions sans réel pouvoir.

NEUTRALITÉ DU NET

Les institutions législatives européennes ne sont toujours pas arrivées à un accord concernant la neutralité du Net. En effet, le dernier trilogue (procédure législative rassemblant le Parlement européen, le Conseil de l'Union Européenne ainsi que la Commission européenne) du 2 juin, n'a pas permis aux différentes parties de trouver une entente.

Dans sa version du texte, le Conseil a tout simplement effacé la définition de la neutralité du Net qui a été adoptée au Parlement européen. Le combat pour un Internet libre et ouvert n'est donc pas terminé. Le Conseil et la Commission essaient d'obtenir du Parlement européen qu'il abandonne la définition de neutralité du Net et les socialistes sont actuellement assez divisés sur ce point.

EN INTERNE

La Quadrature du Net accueille deux nouvelles personnes dans son équipe. Lucie Havard, qui assistera Agnès dans l'analyse juridique, ainsi que Sephora Bellune qui s'occupera de l'administration de l'association. Bienvenue à elles !

Promote Strong Encryption and Anonymity in the Digital Age

Paris, 18 June 2015 — The undersigned civil society organizations (including La Quadrature du Net) and independent experts work to promote human rights and press freedom online. We welcome the report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression on the use of encryption and anonymity in digital communication (A/HRC/29/32), which was presented at the UN Human Rights Council on June 17.

French Surveillance Bill: Public Liberties Abandoned as Senators Cast Disastrous Vote

Paris, 9 June 2015 – The Surveillance Bill was adopted today by the French Senate with 251 votes for, 68 against and 26 abstentions. This bill was fast tracked and discussed under the pressure of a government wielding the argument of an extreme terrorist risk to impose massive spying of the French population with expansive purposes. It will put France under a surveillance all at once diffuse, intrusive, indiscriminate and without effective control. La Quadrature du Net bitterly regrets the blindness of the French Parliamentarians and calls on citizens not to give up on their liberties.

EU Commission Tries to Rip Citizens Off Net Neutrality

Paris, 8 June 2015 — The European Commission attacks Net Neutrality again, by introducing a “compromise document” that refuses to enshrine a definition of this crucial principle into the law. A strong coalition including the EU Council, the European Commission and a handful of MEPs is working against the general interest by including loopholes that will be used by the telecom lobby to circumvent the proposed protections against discrimination, thereby undermining fundamental rights and innovation.

First Victory for Citizens against Surveillance: French Military Planning Act before Constitutional Court!

Paris, 5 June 2015 — The French Council of State published today its decision to refer of the Question Prioritaire de Constitutionalité (Prioritary Question of Constitutionality1) brought by the FDN Federation, French Data Network and La Quadrature du Net against the article 20 of the 2014-2019 Military Planning Act voted in 2013. This decision is fundamental in the fight against generalised surveillance and the access to connection data by French intelligence services. It takes an important place in the current debates on the French Intelligence Bill.

  • 1. The QPC is a procedure in French Law system to control the constitutionality of the laws after they are promulgated.

Net Neutrality: EU Member States Refuse to Hear the Voice of Citizens

Paris, 3 June 2015 — The Council of the European Union has been blocking for weeks the principle of Net Neutrality and its entrenching in the legislation. As the European Parliament refuses for now to give in to pressure from Member States and the powerful telecom lobbies, the negotiations held last night, which brought together delegations from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission, were therefore unsuccessful. The EU Parliament must keep on refusing any agreement that would undermine a thorough protection of the Net neutrality principle.

Last Chance for MEPs to Save Net Neutrality?

Paris, 26 May 2015 — The negotiations on Net Neutrality comes to the end in June with next and probably final trialogue expected on 2nd of June. Until now, the different documents received from the negotiations1 have shown a very weak position of the Members of European Parliament (MEPs), abandoning the improvement on Net Neutrality that had been brought by the previous legislature. If the MEPs do not take this last chance to save Net Neutrality, it would have a critical impact on the way Internet is functioning, on the citizens' fundamental rights and on further regulations adopted within the so-called Digital Single Market.

[Re-publica] Fighting that Terminator in our Pockets

Have we become cyborgs? With chips, sensors and tactile surfaces prolongating our brains, nerves and fingers and beyond the romantic image of science-fiction, doesn't it appear that we we may have already merged with the machines?

EU's ongoing attempt to kill Net Neutrality forever

Paris, 20 May 2015 — Governments of the EU intends to crush the rights and freedoms of citizens in order to reach an agreement on roaming1, thus undermining competition and innovation in the digital economy, according to a leaked document. This documents reveals an unacceptable disregard on the part of Member States for the commitment of the EU Parliament and many EU citizens to uphold the principle of Net neutrality.

  • 1. A roaming service is the ability to make and receive voice calls and send and receive data, when traveling abroad.

The European Commission Must Protect Fundamental Rights in the Digital Age

Paris, 18 May 2015 — The European Commission published on 6 May its strategy for 2020 and the setting up of the Digital Single Market. Several important digital issues are concerned by this agenda: from copyright to crime, from telecommunications to VAT harmonisation. While La Quadrature du Net welcomes the Commission's engagement with these issues, it does this only with caution as previous attempts were harmful to the protection of fundamental rights.

[TheGuardian] France passes new surveillance law in wake of Charlie Hebdo attack

Controversial new bill that allows intelligence agencies to tap phones and emails without judicial permission sparks protests from civil liberties groups. [...]

The new bill, which allows intelligence agencies to tap phones and emails without seeking permission from a judge, sparked protests from rights groups who claimed it would legalise highly intrusive surveillance methods without guarantees for individual freedom and privacy. [...]

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