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[Teknofil Norway] Stor seier for nettbrukere

Fryktet tap av velgere

Ifølge den franske foreningen La Quadrature du Net ble lovforslaget forkastet av gruppen som originalt fremmet forslaget. Det spanske parlamentsmedlemmet Manuel Medina Ortega var den som først fremmet forslaget. Av frykt for velgerfrafall har han og hans gruppering nå valgt å trekke forslaget. Ifølge La Quadrature du Net tilsvarer dette en definitiv stopper for forslaget.

- Denne teksten vil i lang tid stå som det perfekte eksempel på hvordan underholdningsindustrien vil bruke opphavsretten for å bekjempe teknologi og sine kunder. Når teksten nå forkastes gir det et sterkt håp om en fremtid hvor opphavsretten i stede blir brukt for å utforske hvordan kunstnere kan benytte et åpent internett både til fordel for dem selv og for kulturen, sier grunnlegger av La Quadrature du Net, Jérémie Zimmermann i en pressemelding.

http://www.teknofil.no/wip4/stor_seier_nettbrukere/d.epl?id=35777

El dogmatismo del Copyright temporalmente expulsado del Parlamento Europeo.

La Quadrature du Net acoge con agrado la confirmación de que el informe Medina, el texto más ridículo visto en años sobre el Copyright en el Parlamento Europeo, fue expulsado.

[...]

La Quadrature du Net agradece afectuosamente a cada uno de los ciudadanos y cada una de las organizaciones que se dirigieron a los miembros del Parlamento Europeo para informarles de los peligros del Informe Medina.

"Juntos somos fuertes, y mañana seremos aún más fuertes. Las industrias que apoyaron este texto y que deseaban que fuese votado de forma oscura, deben aceptar el cambio, y dejar de intentar dañar nuestra libertad para proteger sus obsoletos modelos de negocio" concluye Zimmermann.

http://www.internautas.org/html/5416.html

[P2P Foundation] Who wants Net Discrimination in Europe? Net Neutrality in immediate danger

** 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. Such "net discrimination" causes great risks to the very structure of Internet, and its innovation and growth models. It is also a massive threat to user's rights and freedoms. Who would want this for Europe? **

On Feb 19th will officially begin the second reading of the "Telecoms Package" in the European Parliament. In reality, at the very same moment, a political agreement may be reached after ongoing opaque negotiations between the rapporteurs, the Commission and the Council. Insights from the Parliament reveal that extremely disturbing provisions[2] defended by telecom operators, and mainly the US giant AT&T[3], might get through. Using the intentionally vague wording of "network management policies", operators may be authorised to get total control of the network and their users' activities.

"At this stage of the procedure, what the rapporteur is ready to accept is likely to be voted in plenary. The responsability of promoting, or conversely opposing to, extra-european interests going against internal market and consumer protection, is lying on his shoulders." explains Gérald Sédrati-Dinet, analyst for La Quadrature du Net.

Such a scheme of "net discrimination" would allow operators to prioritise or deprioritise, allow or forbid, access to content and services, as well as usage of applications. On the pretext of addressing network congestions and using the fear of a "collapse of the Internet"[4], and in the name of "diversifying their offerings"[5] operators want to get the ability to filter their networks content and usage in order to sell more services.

"Allowing operators to choose what their users can do with their access would be a major disruption in Internet's model of growth and its innovation. Such 'net discrimination' would lead to access to operator-controlled networks that would not deserve to be called 'Internet' anymore, like on the mobile phones where VoIP, filesharing and streaming are filtered. Members of the European Parliament, and especially the rapporteurs, must frame 'network management policies' to what is strictly necessary to guarantee the security of the networks and of their users." concludes Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of La Quadrature du Net.

http://p2pfoundation.ning.com/xn/detail/2003008:BlogPost:9536

[Remixing the Web for Social Change] Copyright dogmatism ridiculously strikes the European Parliament

The European Parliament’s committee for legal affairs (JURI) voted the Medina report on Copyright last week. This report goes against its initial objective of responding to the Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Econnomy. This Green Paper implicitly acknowledged the failure of the 2001 copyright directive. It asked open questions on how to cope with it, suggesting various possible measures in the direction of reaffirming user rights. The Medina report only contains ridiculous repressive measures dictated by the entertainment industries, and goes as far as denying the Commission’s ongoing studies. Among its recommendations are “graduated response”, content filtering, Internet service providers liability, denial of copyright exception, etc. It will be up to the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to protect their electors by strongly rejecting this report.

http://2bloggen.org/2009/02/16/copyright-dogmatism-ridiculously-strikes-...

[IpTegrity] 4 March set for Hadopi law in French Parliament

The French campaigning group, La Quadrature du Net, has produced a new analysis which heavily criticises the law. La Quadrature says the law is "ineffective, unworkable and is attempting to address the wrong problem ". It believes the law will not contribute any economic benefits.

http://www.iptegrity.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=249&I...

[Publico] Az Európai Parlament elé kerül a Medina-riport

"Una respuesta ineficaz, inaplicable y peligrosa a un falso problema". Es el subtítulo de un informe contra la Ley Creación e Internet que, de ser aprobada en Francia, permitirá cortar la conexión a los que compartan archivos.

El colectivo La Quadrature du Net, en el que se agrupan abogados y tecnológos, ha publicado un estudio en el que carga contra el proyecto de ley, visto ya en el Senado galo y que irá a la Asamblea Nacional en abril. La crítica es triple: será jurídicamente inaplicable, ineficaz técnicamente y tendrá un impacto económico nulo o negativo.

http://www.publico.es/ciencias/199001/informe/alerta/ley/francesa/p2p

[confrontoadsl] Risposta graduale: favorevoli, contrari e...organizzati

> Il governo inglese.
Il governo inglese, come già riportato in precedenza, che per bocca del ministro David Lammy ammetteva, in una dichiarazione riportata dal Times, l'impossibilità di attuare il progetto nella fase attuale.

> Il governo tedesco.
Secondo quanto riporta lo stesso Pcinpact, la ministra della giustizia tedesca Brigitte Zypries, riferendosi al progetto di legge francese ha dichiarato:

« Non penso che sia uno schema applicabile alla Germania o all'Europa stessa. Impedire l'accesso a internt mi sembra una sanzione completamente sproporzionata. Sarebbe molto problematico sia da un punto di vista costituzionale che politico. Sono sicura che appena le prime sconnessioni si produrranno in Francia, il clamore arriverà fino a Berlino». (Notizia originale ripresa da http://www.spreeblick.com/2009/02/02/exklusiv-bundesjustizministerin-zyp...).

Gli organizzati

La quadrature.net: il dossier e il monitoraggio online.

Dichiaramente contro e tutt'altro che ufficiosa è la presa di posizione de Laquadrature.net , una associazione non governativa e senza fini di lucro che vigila sui progetti di legge che riguardano specificamente l'ambito digitale. Sul sito dell'associazione si trovano due cose utili:

> Un dossier che illustra gli svantaggi e le incongruenze relative al progetto Hadopi. Il fatto interessante è soprattutto che il dossier è ben argomentato e vi si trovano molte informazioni e risorse sul tema.

> Una finestra wiki chiamata "Mémoire Politique" il cui scopo è quello di monitorare le decisioni di voto degli europarlamentari sui progetti in corso...e non in ultimo contattarli direttamente.

http://www.confrontoadsl.com/novita/risposta-graduale-favorevoli-contrar...

SG.hu - Az Európai Parlament elé kerül a Medina-riport

Eva Lichtenberger osztrák EP-képviselő elfogadhatatlannak nevezte Ortega anyagát. A politikus hozzátette: a téma túlzottan fontos ahhoz, hogy az Európai Parlament vita és érdemi párbeszéd nélkül döntsön a kérdésben. A tartalomszűrők és a hozzáférések blokkolása helyett inkább új, az internetes világra jobban alkalmazható jogi modellt kellene kidolgozni, amely egyaránt biztosítaná a szerzői és az alapvető emberi jogokat, de emellett megfelelne az adatvédelmi előírásoknak is.

A javaslatcsomagot korábban már bírálta az Organisation La Quadrature du Net nevű francia szervezet, amely szerint a leírtakban a francia modell köszön vissza és az előterjesztés olyan nevetséges intézkedések halmaza, amiket alighanem a szórakoztatóipar diktált le a politikusnak.

http://www.sg.hu/cikkek/65511/az_europai_parlament_ele_kerul_a_medina_ri...

Европарламент намерен покончить с незаконным файлообменом

В самое ближайшее время члены Европарламента рассмотрят возможность принятия комплекса мер, направленных на борьбу с незаконным файлообменом, предложенного 73-летним испанским социалистом Мануэлем Ортегой.

Некоторые эксперты, в частности основатель организации La Quadrature du Net Джереми Циммерман, уже назвали предложения г-на Ортеги "нелепыми и противоречащими законам Евросоюза и здравому смыслу".

К этому стоит добавить, что в прошлом году итальянские провайдеры заблокировали доступ пользователей к крупнейшему шведскому торрент-порталу The Pirate Bay, выполнив соответствующее распоряжение властей. Впрочем, через несколько месяцев суд итальянского города Бергамо посчитал, что торрент-трекер The Pirate Bay не нарушает итальянского законодательства и постановил разблокировать ресурс


For those out there who don't understand russian (which is an official UE language though ...) :

In a nearby future, the Member of the European Parliament will examine a bunch of measures aiming at fighting illegal file sharing, proposed by the spanish 73-old socialist MEP, Manuel Ortega.

Some experts, and among them the founder of "La Quadrature du Net" Jeremie Zimmerman, said this text was "ridiculus and in opposition with all UE legisalation and common sense"...

Furthemore, last year, an italian ISP blocked any access to the swedish portal The Pirate Bay, from a state order. But some months after, the italian court of Bergame town said that the torrent tracker was not violating italian laws and decided to remove this blocking

http://rus.delfi.ee/computers/internet/article.php?id=21115827&l=wlastnews

[Open Access News] European Parliament: Licensing to improve access

On January 26, Manuel Medina Ortega, a Member of the European Parliament from Spain, introduced the Commission's report on the application of Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society. The report is "non-legislative" but makes recommendations. An unofficial text of the report is available here (changes from the previous draft are in bold text). The European Parliament's Legislative Observatory forecasts it could be taken up in the parliament's next plenary sitting, scheduled for March 2009. Quoting: [...]

http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/2009/02/european-parliament-licensing...

[Metamorphosis] EU proposal puts confidential communications data at risk

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

"A few months before the elections, citizens will have the opportunity to see if the Members of European Parliament are willing to protect their privacy", declares Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of the citizen's initiative La Quadrature du Net. "Every citizen should inform their MEPs and ask them to massively reject this article 6 (6a) of the ePrivacy directive. Other crucial issues about content and network neutrality are at stake as well.We must remind MEPs that they were elected to protect Europeans' fundamental rights and freedom rather than abolishing them in favour of particular interests."

http://www.metamorphosis.org.mk/content/view/1358/1/lang,en/

[Netzpolitik.org] Podcast 073: Philippe Aigrain über die Kulturflatrate

Markus Beckdahl from Netzpolitik interviewed Philippe Aigrain, co-founder of la Quadrature about the future of the culture in the digital environment. Philippe Aigrain answers questions on the proposals developed in his book "Internet & Creation" (presently only in French, extended English edition in the works).

For more info, see the article on netzpolitik.org (article in German, interview in English).

Direct links :
mp3 podcast
ogg/vorbis podcast

http://netzpolitik.org/2009/netzpolitik-podcast-073-philippe-aigrain-ueb...

[Torrent Freak] EU Plots Pirate Bay Ban and Piracy Clampdown

In a few weeks time, members of the European Parliament will vote on the Medina report, which proposes a wide range of anti-piracy measures and regulations. The report specifically mentions The Pirate Bay, and it approves actions by national courts against the popular BitTorrent tracker.

The proposals in the report, drafted by the 73 year old Spanish socialist Manuel Medina Ortega, show many similarities to the wish lists of the RIAA, IFPI and MPAA we published earlier. The report calls for more responsibility and liability for ISPs, while copyright infringing content has to be filtered from the Internet.

Even though the European Parliament has voted against so called “three-strikes” proposals twice before, this is also suggested as a viable measure against piracy. It’s proposed that ISPs should disconnect subscribers who share copyrighted content, based on information provided by the entertainment industry.

[...]

More details are available on La Quadrature, with Jérémie Zimmermann, co-founder of the site commenting, “The Medina report is ridiculous and full of repressive measures. It is in total contradiction with what MEPs voted twice against ‘graduated response’ and with the realities of Internet. It only favors entertainment industries and doesn’t contain anything for culture, the artists, or their public.

Of course, we encourage all of our European readers to write to their representatives in the European Parliament, as this is clearly not the right path to take.

http://torrentfreak.com/eu-plots-pirate-bay-ban-and-piracy-clampdown-090...

Buergerrechtler wollen Vorratsdatenspeicherung verhindern - Virenschutznews / Antivirus-news

Das Europäische Parlament wurde von den Bürgerrechtsorganisationen La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi) und dem Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (AK Vorrat) aufgefordert die sogenannte freiwillige Vorratsdatenspeicherung nicht zu verabschieden.

Deshalb kam er wohl zu dem Schluß, "das Beste, den vorgeschlagenen Artikel 6.6(a) ersatzlos zu streichen". Die Bürgerrechtsorganisationen La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi) und der Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (AK Vorrat) fordern die Abgeordneten auf sich dem europäischen Datenschutzbeauftragten Peter Hustinx anzuschliessen.

http://www.virenschutz.info/beitrag-Buergerrechtler-wollen-Vorratsdatens...

Netzpolitik-Podcast 073: Philippe Aigrain speaks of the creative contribution

Markus Beckdahl from Netzpolitik interviewed Philippe Aigrain, co-founder of la Quadrature about the future of the culture in the digital environment. Philippe Aigrain answers questions on the proposals developed in his book "Internet & Creation" (presently only in French, extended English edition in the works).

For more info, see the article on netzpolitik.org (article in German, interview in English).

Direct links :
mp3 podcast
ogg/vorbis podcast

http://netzpolitik.org/2009/netzpolitik-podcast-073-philippe-aigrain-ueb...

[Barrapunto] La cuadratura de la red

El Comité de Asuntos Legales (JURI) del Parlamento Europeo votó la semana pasada el informe Medina sobre el Copyright, según la Asociación de Internautas este informe es contrario a su objetivo inicial de tomar en consideración el error de la directiva del copyright de 2001. El informe está repleto de medidas represivas para favorecer a la industria del entretenimiento. Entre sus recomendaciones se encuentran la "respuesta gradual", el filtrado del contenido, la responsabilidad de los proveedores de servicio de Internet (ISPs), la denegación de la excepción del copyright, etc.
Desde La Quadrature du Net se puede hacer un seguimiento de "nuestros" europarlamentarios en asuntos como la propiedad intelectual, privacidad en Internet, patentes, etc. En su wiki pueden consultarse los perfiles de los actuales eurodiputados, las posiciones que han defendido sobre temas concretos y métodos de contacto.

http://ciberderechos.barrapunto.com/article.pl?sid=09/01/28/1258214

[Golem.de] Freiwillige Vorratsdatenspeicherung gefährdet Pri

Bürgerrechtler wollen Datenspeicherung durch TK-Anbieter verhindern
Die Bürgerrechtsorganisationen La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi) und der Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (AK Vorrat) haben das Europäische Parlament aufgefordert, die sogenannte freiwillige Vorratsdatenspeicherung nicht zu verabschieden. Sie soll es Telekommunikationsanbietern ermöglichen, Verkehrsdaten ihrer Kunde zu speichern und weiterzugeben.

Das Europaparlament berät derzeit im Zuge des Telekom-Paketes über eine Erweiterung der europäischen Datenschutzrichtlinie. Der zur Debatte stehende Artikel 6.6(a) soll es Telekommunikationsanbietern ermöglichen, Verkehrsdaten ihrer Kunden zu speichern, zu verarbeiten und aus Sicherheitsgründen an andere Unternehmen weiterzugeben. Die Bürgerrechtsorganisationen La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi) und der Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung (AK Vorrat) haben das Europäische Parlament in einer gemeinsamen Erklärung aufgefordert, diese sogenannte freiwillige Vorratsdatenspeicherung abzulehnen.

http://www.golem.de/0901/64880.html

[tacd-ip.org] Norm-setting on copyright limitations and exceptions: would the European Union be ready?

The European Parliament’s committe for legal affaires (JURI) adopted the “Medina Report” on the harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society on January 20th [see the - still non-official - consolidated version of the report including the JURI amendments, available on La Quadrature du Net's website and here].

This report, drafted by Spanish socialist MEP Manuel Medina Ortega (check his profile on the “political memory” webpage from La Quadrature du Net), with the help of MEPs Janelly Fourtou and Jacques Toubon, is meant to be a preliminary report on the application of Directive 2001/29/EC on the harmonisation of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.

http://www.tacd-ip.org/blog/?p=500

[heise.de] Internetsperren und Filter erneut auf der Brüsseler Agenda

Für eine "abgestufte Erwiderung" auf Copyright-Verstöße bis hin zu Internetsperren ("3 Strikes") und den Einsatz netzseitiger Filter hat sich der Rechtsausschuss des EU-Parlaments in seinem Votum über einen Berichtsentwurf (PDF-Datei) zur Urheberrechtspolitik ausgesprochen. Mittels Filtern soll nach Ansicht des Ausschusses "einfach zwischen legalen und raubkopierten Produkten" im Internet unterschieden werden können. Zudem sollen Provider stärker mit Rechteinhabern kooperieren und die Verantwortung der Zugangsanbieter im "Kampf gegen die Piraterie" überdacht werden.

Scharfe Kritik an den Empfehlungen übt die französische Bürgerrechtsorganisation La Quadrature du Net. Angesichts der Tatsache, dass sich das EU-Parlament im Rahmen eines anderen Berichts sowie zuletzt bei der 1. Lesung der laufenden Novellierung des Telecom-Pakets ausdrücklich gegen Internetsperren und Filtervorstöße ausgesprochen hat, sprechen die Aktivisten von einem kaum mehr ernst zu nehmenden neuen Vorstoß. Die wieder ins Spiel gebrachten "repressiven Maßnahmen" entsprächen der "vollständigen Wunschliste der Unterhaltungsindustrie gegen das Internet und seine Nutzer". Die Bürgerrechtler fordern die Abgeordneten daher auf, den Bericht bei der demnächst anstehenden Abstimmung im Plenum entschieden zurückzuweisen. Wenige Monate vor der Europawahl, so der Wink mit dem Zaunpfahl, würden die Bürger besonders genau auf die Vertretung ihrer Interessen achten.

http://www.heise.de/newsticker/Internetsperren-und-Filter-erneut-auf-der...

[internautas.org] El dogmatismo del copyright golpea ridículamente al Parlamento Europeo

El Comité de Asuntos Legales (JURI) del Parlamento Europeo votó la semana pasada el informe Medina sobre el Copyright.

El informe (sobre la armonización de determinados aspectos del copyright y otros derechos afines en la Sociedad de la Información) del Eurodiputado socialista español Manuel Medina Ortega (ayudado por Janelly Fourtou y Jacques Toubon), votado en la sesión del JURI del 20 de enero, es el texto más extremista y ridículo sobre los derechos de autor visto en mucho tiempo en el Parlamento Europeo (P.E.) . Pronto será propuesto para votación en plenario para una resolución del P.E.

La Quadrature du Net invita a los ciudadanos europeos a pedir a sus eurodiputados que rechacen enérgicamente el informe Medina en el plenario. Una herramienta basada en la wiki, Political Memory, está disponible para ayudar a contactar con los eurodiputados y hacer un seguimiento de sus votos en asuntos tan cruciales*

"Los eurodiputados deben permanecer en contra de la posición del JURI y rachazar este informe. A pocos meses de las elecciones europeas, los votantes vigilarán con detenimiento si los eurodiputados representan sus intereses o los de industrias en decadencia que hacen la guerra contra sus clientes", concluye Zimmermann.

*Nota: en dicha wiki pueden consultarse los perfiles de los actuales eurodiputados, las posiciones que han defendido sobre temas concretos así como los teléfonos de sus oficinas para poder contactar con ellos o sus asistentes. Incluye también un enlace directo para poder llamar mediante los programas de VoIP (como Skype, por ejemplo) mediante un simple clic.

http://www.internautas.org/html/5371.html

[TPB] La Quadrature du Net - Campaigning on Telecoms Package

La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) is a citizen group informing about legislative projects menacing civil liberties as well as economic and social development in the digital age. Supported by international NGOs (EFF, OSI, ORG, Internautas, Netzwerk Freies Wissen, April, etc.), it aims at providing infrastructure for pan-European activism about such topics as network neutrality, privacy, "graduated response", etc.

From May to September 24th 2007, a campaign was setup to raise elected representatives', journalists' and public's awareness into the legislative hijack, by the content industries, of the European network regulation law ("Telecoms Package"). A strong mobilization around serious bits of analysis, and proper community tools helped to really influence things. [...]

Thus, using our local expertise on the topic (Olivennes bill about graduated response ordered by N. Sarkozy) could be exported at European level, especially when the "Telecoms Package" was at the very same moment being hijacked to include IP provisions, to legalize a pan-European graduated response, and to directly harm net neutrality.

La Quadrature du Net was built with the aim of bridging gaps between concerned NGOs across different European countries, providing analysis, pointers, tools and methods allowing everyone to participate on those key issues.

Many good solutions were brought into the text, cleaning the most disturbing parts of it (yet leaving some problematic bits), by constructing dialogues with concerned members of European Parliament (MEPs), producing legal and political analysis, and helping European citizens to participate.

http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/4652357/25c3-2791-en-la_quadrature_du_ne...

[web20.telecomtv.com] Telecoms ministers dilute telecoms package, throw out Amendment 138

Europe's telecoms ministers have chosen to ignore the wishes of the European Parliament and have removed Amendment 138 from the Telecoms Package at their EU Telecoms Ministers meeting yesterday.

The amendment, passed by the Parliament at the end of September by an 88 per cent majority, set out to foot-trip moves to impose variants of 'three strikes' laws across Europe (seeTelecomTV coverage on 'telecoms package').

The amendment to the package reinforced basic rights of due process and mandated court involvement for any individual Internet disconnection. In effect it said that ISPs can't just cut people off willy-nilly, but would have to get a court order to do it.

Now, according to French Internet rights group, La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) the excision was made "on the vague pretext that the wording was too broad".

http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=44188&id=e9381817-0593-417a-863...

[Newropeans Magazine] European citizens: mobilize to block Sarkozy's "graduated response" at the Council!

... Should amendment 138 be removed from the Telecoms Package by the Council, it would show to the whole of Europe that the technocratic structure can be used by the executive branch to bypass the democratic expression of the Parliament...

A few weeks ago, the French law installing “graduated response” against Internet users was accepted by the French Senate1. In that law, an administrative authority orders, without any trial, Internet access cut (with impossibility to subscribe to a new access) to alleged file sharers. Nicolas Sarkozy showed strong determination into imposing this scheme to the whole Europe, using the French presidency of The European Union.

http://www.newropeans-magazine.org/content/view/8695/84/

[heise.de] Bürgerrechtler kritisieren "freiwillige Vorratsdatenspeicherung"

Gegen die freiwillige Speicherung und Auswertung von Verbindungsdaten durch Unternehmen haben sich die Bürgerrechtsorganisationen La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi) und Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung in einer gemeinsamen Mitteilung (PDF-Datei) ausgesprochen. Sie fordern das Europäische Parlament auf, den Ende November vom Europäischen Rat verabschiedeten Plänen nicht zuzustimmen. Der Rat verlangt in seinem Änderungsvorschlag zur Richtlinie zum Datenschutz in der elektronischen Kommunikation (2002/58/EG), dass Unternehmen einzelfallunabhängig Verkehrsdaten zur Gewährleistung der Netz- und Informationssicherheit verarbeiten dürfen.

Die Verabschiedung der Richtlinie ist im Rahmen des Telecom-Pakets für April vorgesehen. Die Verhandlungen dazu erfolgen zurzeit zwischen dem Europäischen Parlament und der Kommission.

http://www.heise.de/newsticker/Buergerrechtler-kritisieren-freiwillige-V...

[EurActiv] EU Parliament split over electronic data protection

Last November, the European Commission proposed a wide review of the rules on EU electronic communications, the so-called 'Telecoms package'. The proposals include upgrading the Directive Pdf external on personal data and protection of privacy for electronic services (see our Links Dossier).

Several parliamentary committees are involved in the dossier on data protection, but two have a binding say on framing the European Parliament's final text. These are the Internal Market and Civil Rights Committees.

The Council is expected to give its final opinion on the issue in November under the current French EU Presidency.

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Behind this unusual rejection lies the LIBE Committee's intention to allow the processing of electronic traffic data by "any natural or legal person", without the consent of the user, if it is necessary for security purposes. Socialist and Green MEPs belonging to the IMCO Committee are not at ease with this wording.

Traffic data include several pieces of information which are considered private by many, particularly IP addresses (the first source of identity in the online world) and information relating to the duration, timing, volume and origins of an electronic communication.

Positions:

Civil liberty group 'Squaring the Net' says the LIBE Committee amendment represents "a major breach for the protection the protection of personal data and privacy, as it allows businesses to remotely control users' electronic communications without their consent". It adds that such a measure "paves the way for the deployment of intrusive technologies on the client".

A spokesperson for the IMCO Committee said that "some MEPs are not certain to accept in the plenary vote the amendments proposed by the LIBE Committee", underlining that there could be problems and that there might be a need "for more time".

Next steps:

* Sep. 2008: Vote on Telecoms package planned in the plenary, although disagreements over electronic data protection could delay the vote.

http://www.euractiv.com/en/infosociety/eu-parliament-split-electronic-da...

[theregister.co.uk] Europe drafts law to disconnect suspected filesharers

France has suggested an amendment to the pan-European Telecoms Package, which would bar broadband access to anyone who persists in illegally downloading music or films.

Action groups Netzpolitik.org, Open Rights Group and La Quadrature du Net (Squaring the Net) have been actively campaigning on the issue. They believe the amendments will "pave the way for the monitoring and filtering of the internet by private companies, exceptional courts and Orwellian technical measures".

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/06/europe_drafts_law_to_disconnect_...

[International Herald Tribune] Internet providers wary of being cybercops


PARIS: Prodded by the music industry and government, some Internet service providers are reluctantly exploring the adoption of an old-fashioned shunning ritual as the ultimate 21st century punishment: banishing errant online users.

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Lawmakers in the European Parliament, in a symbolic vote Thursday, expressed their opposition to the three-strikes approach, which has been championed by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and explored by governments of other countries, from Britain to Japan to Australia. Many consumer groups are also fighting such proposals, and at least one British service provider is promising a rebellion.

"It's a breach of our civil liberties," said Christofer Fjellner, a Swedish legislator in the European Parliament who sponsored the measure, an amendment to a report on cultural industries in Europe. "When government limits access to the Internet it's like limiting freedom of speech. It's like banning people from printing books."

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"We believe it's a threat, particularly to public liberties," said Christophe Espem, co-founder of a French group, Squaring the Net, formed to challenge proposed Internet restrictions. He noted that the new administrative authority that would rule on offenses would be outside the legal system.

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/04/13/business/ISP14.php?page=1