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. [...]

[NationalJournal] Federal Appeals Court Rules NSA Spying Illegal

The phone data collection program “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized," a judge ruled Thursday. [...]

A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals deemed that dragnet collection of American call data does not constitute information relevant to terrorism investigations under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. [...]

Newsletter #64

Salut à toutes et à tous !

Voici la newsletter 64 de La Quadrature du Net !

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L'activité de La Quadrature du Net

PROJET DE LOI « RENSEIGNEMENT »

Présenté le 19 mars devant le Conseil des Ministres, le projet de loi relatif au renseignement a été adopté à l'Assemblée Nationale le 5 mai. Malgré la large opposition tant au sein d'associations de défense des droits, qu'au sein de sociétés privées, mais aussi d'experts et de personalités publiques, qui ont unanimement émis de très virulentes critiques, les députés ont voté à 438 voix contre 86 (et 42 abstentions) la surveillance généralisée des communications numériques.

À présent, la loi doit être examinée et adoptée par le Sénat avant de pouvoir être promulguée. Face à l'ampleur de la mobilisation, deux saisines du Conseil Constitutionel ont été annoncées afin de vérifier la conformité de la future loi à la Constitution : une par le Président François Hollande et une autre par les députés de l'Assemblée.Si ces saisines pourraient être positives, leur utilité réelle ne pourra être jugée qu'à la lecture des motivations formulées par leurs auteurs respectifs, et ne doivent en aucun cas justifier le renoncement par les membres du Parlement d'une analyse sérieuse de ce texte.

Il est donc important de continuer à nous mobiliser afin que le Sénat honore sa position et supprime les dispositions dangeureuses et liberticides de ce projet de loi avant son vote, prévu en juin.

NEUTRALITÉ DU NET

Après un vote historique au Parlement européen pour une protection réelle de la neutralité du Net il y a maintenant plus d'un an, les trois institutions de l'architecture européenne (le Parlement européen, la Commission européenne et le Conseil de l'UE) négocient en ce moment le texte final dans le cadre d'une procédure appelée trilogue. Malhereusement, les positions adoptées par Conseil de l'Union européen remettent largement en question les avancées adoptées par les eurodéputés.

À nouveau, nous avons donc à nous mobiliser et à appeler les membres du Parlement européen à rester fermes pour la préservation de la neutralité du Net et à protéger les libertés de communication et d'information et l'innovation en ligne.

EN INTERNE

La Quadrature du Net fait le point sur un an de changements au sein de son équipe opérationnelle et sur ses comptes 2014, comme promis après la campagne de soutien de décembre 2014.

[ForeignPolicy] Le Petit Problème With France's New Big Brother

Can French intelligence agencies handle the terabytes of data that they just got permission to collect? [...]

French National Assembly Approves Mass Surveillance of French Citizens!

Paris, 5 May 2015 - The French Intelligence Bill was adopted today by the National Assembly1 despite massive cross party opposition against the text's highly harmful measures. With 438 votes for and 86 against, French citizens' representatives have given the Prime Minister the power to watch, massively and with little control, the French population. This is one more step backwards regarding the separation of powers in France, a founding principle of our democratic regime. La Quadrature du Net strongly condemns this surrendering of democratic principles and calls on senators, who will be voting the bill next, to counter this unacceptable vote.

  • 1. Lower chamber of the bicameral French legislative system

[DW] France set to join the spy game

French MPs are due to approve a bill reforming French intelligence law to counter terrorist threats. But critics warn that the draft law is a license to spy on citizens' private lives. Erin Conroy reports from Paris. [...]

The bill proposing a new set of intelligence-gathering measures would be the first update to France's current surveillance laws which date back to 1991, long before mobile phones and the Internet became mainstream. But experts say the government is going too far in spying on French citizens. [...]

[ArstTechnica] NSA spied on EU politicians and companies with help from German intelligence

Spies failed to check properly what was being passed across to the US. […]

[EurActiv] Outcry over French Intelligence Bill

Despite the heated debates around the implications of the French Intelligence Bill on civil liberties, a tentative agreement between right and left may guarantee its adoption. EurActiv France reports. […]

La Quadrature du Net upgrades to version 2.1

Paris, 21 April 2015 — A significant choice looms ahead of us: will we let establish societies of surveillance and mass suspicion will we build societies of freedom, collaboration and sharing? To face these historical challenges and thanks to the +6 000 supporters who donated in late 2014, La Quadrature du Net is renewing its team and getting stronger.

French Intelligence Bill: French President Hollande to shut down public debate

Paris, April 20, 2015 — French President François Hollande announced yesterday that he would bring the Intelligence Bill before the Constitutional Council. At the same time there is growing criticism from all sides, previous support in favour of the bill crumbles. In this light, French president's announcement look nothing more than an evasive action to avoid public debate on crucial provisions. La Quadrature du Net calls on parliamentarians to decide for themselves whether the bill complies or not with fundamental rights and citizens must then hold them accountable.

Letter to MEPs: Do not give up Net Neutrality!

Paris, 20th April — On 3rd March 2015, the Council of the European Union voted a text endangering Net Neutrality in Europe, despite European Parliment's position adopted a year ago. Negotiations 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 version. It is crucial that the European Parliament remains firm on the preservation of Net Neutrality, that ensure equal treatment on the data network and on prices. Infringing Net Neutrality means infringing fundamental rights and liberties of any European citizen. This is why, in order to remind our representatives their responsabilities, La Quadrature du Net sends a letter to Members of European Parliament calling them to reject Council's propositions and to come back to a real protection of everyone's rights and liberties.

Unacceptable Surveillance of French Citizens soon to be Adopted!

Paris, 17 April 2015 — The examination of French Intelligence Bill ended this Thursday at the National Assembly. After 4 days of debate, very few enhancements were made to a text that was denounced by an incredibly large number of groups for its dangerous, intrusive and liberty-infringing nature and whose control dispositions are totally inadequate. La Quadrature du Net calls on French representatives to listen to the citizens' demands to reject this text during the final vote on 5 May.

French Intelligence Bill: Mass Opposition to Mass Surveillance!

Paris, 15 April 2015 – The Intelligence Billis currently being debated at a fast pace in the French National Assembly and the debates will continue until Thursday 16 April. However, both the French Government and rapporteur Urvoas refuse to hear the growing opposition pointing out the dangers of this unacceptable text. La Quadrature du Net calls on citizens to act and Members of Parliament to face their responsibilities by opposing this text altogether and mass surveillance in general.

Council of The European Union To Kill Net Neutrality : We Must Act!

Paris, 14 April 2015 — On 3 April, the European Parliamant voted a text in favour of Net Neutrality, protecting a free and open Internet, but Member States gathered at the Council of Ministers have come back on the progress made. The legislation process continues in the form of negotiations to lead in an agreement between the European Parliament, European Commission and the Council of the European Union. In order to protect and guarantee all the advances from last year's vote, a coalition of civil society organisations have launched the campaing website savetheinternet.eu and urge citizens to call their eurodeputy to defend their rights and freedoms.

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