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.

Newsletter #63

Bonjour à toutes et à tous !

Voici la newsletter numéro 63 de La Quadrature du Net !

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L'activité de La Quadrature du Net

Projet de loi surveillance

Annoncé depuis longtemps, le projet de loi relatif au renseignement a été présenté en Conseil des ministres le 19 mars et a provoqué une importante levée de boucliers, de nombreuses organisations de la société civile, d'entreprises et de personnalités. Adopté en l'état, le texte légaliserait des pratiques de surveillance très intrusives et déployées sans réels contrôles. Parmi ses dispositions, la mise en place de systèmes qui pourraient récupérer les données des citoyens en temps réel et « détecter les comportements déviants » au moyen d'un algorithme secret rappelle particulièrement l'espionnage généralisé révélée par Edward Snowden, notamment américain.

Afin d'avertir et de dénoncer les dangers de ce projet de loi, La Quadrature du Net a organisé un petit déjeuner de presse aux côtés d'Amnesty International, de l'Observatoire des Libertés Numériques et de Reporters Sans Frontières et a démarré une campagne de mobilisation.

L’Observatoire des libertés et du numérique (OLN) vous appelle à amplifier le mouvement de contestation actuel contre ce projet de loi, en nous rassemblant nombreux le lundi 13 avril 2015 à 12h30, place Edouard Herriot (près de l'Assemblée nationale), à Paris, à l’appel des associations et syndicats.

L'examen du texte en séance publique à l'Assemblée nationale démarrera le 13 avril : le temps nous manque pour agir et il est essentiel que les citoyens face entendre leur voix à leurs députés ! Sans attendre, contactez vos députés et appelez les à s'opposer à ce dangereux projet de loi !

Rapport Reda

L'eurodéputée Julia Reda, a présenté un rapport sur la modernisation et l'harmonisation du droit d'auteur en Europe. Contenant de nombreuses dispositions positives notamment en matière de remix et de mashup, ce rapport d'intention va dans le bon sens. Il a cependant été attaqué très violemment par des eurodéputés gardiens de l'ordre établi et par les ayant-droits. La Quadrature du Net a démarré une campagne afin que les citoyens puissent communiquer leur soutien à ce rapport et inciter les eurodéputés de la commission des Affaires Juridiques au Parlement Européen (où le rapport est examiné) à le garder en l'état.

À cause du nombre très impressionnant d'amendements, le calendrier de cette campagne a été reculé.

Proposition de loi contre le système prostitutionnel

Le Sénat a voté la censure administrative sans avis d'un juge des sites Internet proposant des services sexuels rémunérés. Gardé dans les tiroirs depuis l'été, la proposition de loi contre le système prostitutionnel a été approuvée par le Sénat suite à la publication des décrets de la LOPPSI en février.

Recours blocage

Après le recours intenté contre le régime de surveillance instauré par la Loi de programmation militaire, les fournisseurs d'accès associatifs de la fédération FFDN et La Quadrature du Net s'associent de nouveau pour saisir le Conseil d'État du décret instituant le blocage administratif de sites Internet.

Charte pour la publicité en ligne

Le Ministère de la Culture a annoncé un plan d'action pour la lutte contre le piratage et la signature d'une Charte sur la publicité en ligne. Ce texte, négocié entre les annonceurs, les régies publicitaires et les titulaires de droits sous la houlette du gouvernement, confirme les craintes exprimées par La Quadrature du Net depuis plusieurs mois à propos de ce nouveau visage de la politique répressive en ligne.

Données personnelles

Le 8 avril 2014, la Cour de Justice de l'Union Européenne invalidait la directive de 2006 sur la rétention des données. Par cet arrêt toutes les législations européennes en matière de conservation des données ont été fragilisées, la CJUE estimant que la conservation généralisée de données concernant des individus pour lesquels il n'existe aucune suspicion, qui plus est pour une durée prolongée, est une forme de surveillance de masse contraire aux droits fondamentaux. En lire plus sur le site de La Quadrature du Net : https://www.laquadrature.net/fr/surveillance-la-conservation-generalisee...

France: FFDN and LQDN Bring Legal Challenge Against Administrative Website Blocking

Paris, 2 April 2015 — After the challenge introduced against surveillance and massive data retention in February, FFDN (a federation of community-driven non-profit ISPs) and La Quadrature du Net go back to court against the decree establishing the administrative website blocking.

French Surveillance Bill: Time To Act!

Paris, 1 April 2015 – As the French Intelligence Bill (which should be more aptly called the French Mass Surveillance Bill) is being examined from 1 April by the French Parliament's Law Commission, La Quadrature du Net launches a new campaign website and calls on all citizens to mobilize far and wide in order to convince Members of the French Parliament to refuse a law which, in its current form, organises mass surveillance and legalises intelligence methods that are highly detrimental to fundamental freedoms, all without any serious guarantees against abuse.

[NyTimes] The French Surveillance State

Prime Minister Manuel Valls of France has presented yet another antiterrorism bill to Parliament. French lawmakers, who overwhelmingly approved a sweeping antiterrorism bill in September, are scheduled to debate the new bill this month. Mr. Valls argues that the bill’s sweeping new provisions for government surveillance are necessary to monitor potential terrorist-related activity, especially on the Internet and cellphones. […]

Convention on online advertising: increased circumvention of the law in the name of fighting piracy

Paris, 26 March 2015 — The Minister of Culture announced yesterday a plan of action for the fight against piracy and an agreement (fr) on online advertising negotiated between advertisers, advertising agencies and rightsholders under the supervision of the government. This agreement confirms the fears La Quadrature du Net has expressed over the last several months about the growing threat of repressive online policy (fr). It organises a system in which identifying "massively infringing sites" is relegated to advertising companies while circumventing the law, which alone should be authorised to decide about this in order to adequately guarantee freedom of expression and the right to information. This new development marks a step towards the creation of a private police force in the name of intellectual property rights.

French Intelligence Bill: Everyone Under Surveillance

Paris, 26 March 2015 — While presenting the Intelligence bill adopted during the 19 March 2015 Council of Ministers, the Prime Minister proudly asserted that it contained “legal means of action but neither exceptional means nor the generalised surveillance of citizens”!

Intelligence Reform & The French Government's Disastrous Drift on Surveillance

Paris, 17 March 2015 — The information shared today by Le Figaro regarding the upcoming French Bill on Intelligence, ahead of its presentation before the Council of ministers on Thursday 19 March, only confirms earlier concerns. While this new law was announced as an important overhaul aimed at protecting fundamental rights, the securitarian instrumentalisation of the deadly events of January is bound to lead to an incredible drift in state surveillance practices. La Quadrature du Net calls on citizens and their elected representatives to oppose this bill.

Members of the European Parliament must support the Reda Report on copyright reform!

Open-letter of La Quadrature du Net to the members of the JURI committee of the European Parliament in support of the Reda Report on copyright reform.

Paris, 16 March 2015 — On 23 and 24 March 2015, you will examine the proposed amendements to the report of MEP Julia Reda on the reform of the directive on copyright. More than 500 amendements have been tabled, the large majority of which aim at emptying it from its substance. Julia Reda's draft report responds to the aspirations expressed by a large number of citizens: they wish to access, to share and t more widely culture and knowledge in the digital environment. La Quadrature du Net calls the MEPs of the JURI commission to preserve the progress in this report and in particular those that strenghten the positive rights of individuals in culture.

URGENT! The Positive Reform Of Copyright Is Being Pirated In The European Parliament!

Julia Reda, German Pirate Party MEP, has presented a report promoting a series of measures to harmonise some aspects of copyright.

La Quadrature du Net supports this report and calls on citizens to get involved to push for its vote!

Data Retention: Mass Surveillance Challenged Across Europe

Paris, 12 March 2015 — On 8 April 2014, the European Union Court of Justice invalidated the 2006 Directive on Data Retention. Through this decision, all the European legislations on data retention were seriously undermined, as the EUCJ considered that the generalised retention of data on non-suspicious individuals, furthermore for an extended period of time, is a form of mass surveillance incompatible with fundamental rights.

Trade Secrets: We Must Act To Protect Whistleblowers!

Paris, 3 March 2015 — In late April 2015, the “trade secrets” directive will be discussed in the European Parliament. Having already given in to the pressure of journalists to remove the article on trade secrets in the French Macron Bill, La Quadrature du Net, Pila and a number of other organisations now call on president François Hollande and European representatives to defend whistleblowers, to define and protect their status and to ensure the necessary means are provided for judiciary follow-up on the crimes and offences that are revealed. The situation of whistleblowers, such as Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning, is often dramatic and they must be protected and their safety guaranteed in order to safeguard fundamental freedoms.

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