Feeds

MEPs to vote on 'invasive' data retention plans

We don't need no stinkin' database

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

The European Parliament is scheduled to vote today on a report that calls for the abandonment of the proposed directive on data retention. The report, put forward by MEP Alexander Alvaro, describes the proposed legislation as disproportionate and unnecessary.

The parliamentary civil liberties committee has already accepted the report, and now activists are calling on Parliament itself to do the same. European Digital Rights (EDRI), an association of 17 civil rights organisations from 11 countries, has asked the parliament to adopt Alvaro's report.

The organisation has written an open letter to parliament, in which it describes data retention as "an invasive tool that interferes with the private lives of all 450 million people in the European Union". It warns that the proposal simultaneously expands surveillance powers, and reduces safeguards on human rights instruments, like the data protection directives, and the European Convention on Human Rights.

It points out that there has been no research into the need for the legislation, and that the proposed laws may in fact lack legal basis. The bill was proposed by the UK, Ireland and Sweden in the wake of the Madrid train bombings which killed 191 people. It is the fact that it was put forward by individual countries rather than the Commission cast some doubts over its legality.

Information Society commissioner Viviane Reding has also called for the bill to be redrafted, with a cap on how long data may be retained. She also said last week that it should encompass more issues than dealing with terrorism. ®

Related stories

EC wants to cap data retention laws
EU's data retention laws could be illegal
EC calls for rethink of data retention proposals

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.