Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Update (17 June): It seems like the declaration has been adopted. Here it is, on the list of adopted declarations. What a disgrace!
According to Europaportalen.se, MEPs have started to withdraw their signatures from a controversial EP declaration.
The declaration that would become an official European Parliament position if at least 369 signatures from MEPs were collected demands that search engine searches should be part of the data retention directive, all this under the pretext of the fight against pedophilia.
This declaration, if I understand correctly, would effectively mean (if translated into EU law) that every search that we do on the net would have to be stored for two years and made accessible to the security authorities if requested.
After Europaportalen.se Journalist Christian Wohlert reported about the issue last week, it became news in the UK and in Sweden and it also has been noted with concern in Germany and in France.
At least, the news coverage was successful: According to Wohlert, 22 MEPs have withdrawn their signatures so far.
Yet, there are still 309 MEPs left who think that every EU citizen is a potential pedophile and that each of our searches needed to be stored and made available if the police and other security forced wanted to know more about us - the EP at its best!
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