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September 20, 2008 | Becky Hogge

To do this weekend: ask your MEPs to vote for Telecom package amendments 133 and 138

Update (24/09/08): The votes are in. The bad news is that amendment 133 was rejected (watch this space for a link to a list of the MEPs who rejected it). But the good news is that amendment 138 was passed, with a last minute oral amendment. The European Parliament voted to adopt it in this form:

"applying the principle that no restriction may be imposed on the rights and freedoms of end-users, notably in accordance with Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union on freedom of expression and information, without a prior ruling by the judicial authorities, save when public security is threatened"

According to IP Integrity, this amendment to the Directive means that ISPs ability to impose restrictions on users' access to content will be limited.


Update (22/09/08): Since the vote isn't until Wednesday 24 September, there's still time to write to your MEPs and ask them to support these amendments. So what are you waiting for?


Next Wednesday, MEPs will vote on the Telecoms package. Two amendments have been tabled which in particular will ensure the new telecoms regulations protect European citizens from unreasonable surveillance and censure. If you have half an hour this weekend, why not write to to your MEPs and ask them to support these amendments?

Amendment 133 is an anti-filtering amendment, and will add the following text to the Directive:

"Member States shall ensure that no technology may be mandated by competent authorities which would facilitate surveillance of internet users, such as technologies that mirror or monitor the user´s actions and/or interfere with operations of the user's network activity for the benefit of a third party (known as "filtering")."

Amendment 138 ensures that sanctions cannot be imposed on end-users without judicial oversight. It will add the following text to the Directive:

"applying the principle that no restriction may be imposed on the rights and freedoms of end-users, notably in accordance with Article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union on freedom of expression and information, without a prior ruling by the judicial authorities, except where dictated by force majeure or by the requirements of preserving network integrity and security, and subject to national provisions of criminal law imposed for reasons of public policy, public security or public morality."

La Quadrature du Net are maintaining a voting list, which gives MEPs interested in protecting the rights of European citizens advice on how to vote on all the amendments tabled to the Telecoms package. As the list demonstrates, many amendments have been tabled that reflect the criticisms of the Telecoms package made by the European Data Protection Supervisor last week.

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Comments (15)

  1. rich:
    Sep 24, 2008 at 06:16 PM

    Any news on how the vote went?

  2. jz:
    Sep 22, 2008 at 06:27 PM

    Tell your MEP also to :

    - reject amendment 34 (it mixes exceptions to ePrivacy directive and IP enforcement from IPRED!)

    - reject amendment 192 (horrible definition of the "cooperation" between ISP, rights-holders and administrative authority, where a "graduated response" could still fit when implemented by member states)

    More infos and arguments are on La Quadrature's wiki page about mobilization on that crucial vote:

    http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Telecoms_Package_Vote_Sept24_Mobilization

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  4. The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » EU Commission says ‘non’ as France tries to ditch key telecoms package amendment:
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  6. Pete:
    Sep 24, 2008 at 05:36 PM

    Its looks like the Telecom package has been passed, no information about the ammendments yet, but it looking promising;

    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/expert/infopress_page/052-37903-266-09-39-909-20080923IPR37902-22-09-2008-2008-true/default_en.htm

    Pete

  7. Becky:
    Sep 24, 2008 at 06:45 PM

    @rich - see the update on the top of the post for how the two mentioned amendments went. If anyone has more details of how the rest of the vote went, please post in the comments.

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  10. Anthony Quinn:
    Sep 22, 2008 at 07:43 PM

    Nice, Becky! Here's my one (for ideas only folks- write your own, it will have 100 times the impact!)

    Monday 22 September 2008

    Dear Mike Nattrass, Michael Cashman, Philip Bradbourn OBE, Liz Lynne and Neena Gill,

    I write to you to urge you to support two amendments (133 & 138) to the Telecoms Package in the plenary vote on Wednesday 24 September.

    These amendments will ensure that, as more and more of our daily lives are conducted via electronic media, the same protections currently afforded to UK citizens in 'off-line' scenarios are extended to cover future paradigms.

    If one thinks back a handful of years, to when the Berlin Wall was still a dividing and divisive blot on the European landscape, and of the activities of some governments in those tragic times, one thing is clear: Had the awesome data-crunching power of modern computer technology been available to, say, an Erich Honecker, then total domination of a country's citizens would have been trivially easy to achieve. Those countries would not now be open and democratic, and humanity would be so much the worse for it.

    We stand on the brink of a new technological era, and your support for these amendments will help to ensure that life in Europe, and by extension that of all people, continues to flourish free from oppression. They really are that important.

    Thank you for taking the time to listen to me.


    Yours sincerely,

    Anthony Quinn

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  13. Becky:
    Sep 20, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Here's the letter I wrote this morning:

    Dear Mary Honeyball, Syed Kamall, John Bowis OBE, Jean Lambert, Robert Evans, Charles Tannock, Baroness Sarah Ludford, Gerard Batten and Claude Moraes,

    I write to ask you to support two amendments to the Telecoms Package in the plenary vote on Wednesday 24 September.

    The development of European cultural industries on the internet is in a formative stage, and the potential for creativity and innovation offered by this medium is just beginning to be realised. Against this backdrop, incumbent content distributors wish to change the way the internet works, lobbying policy-makers for restrictions and legal sanctions that would ultimately see the power of the internet to put information and knowledge in the hands of European citizens curtailed.

    By supporting amendments 133 and 138 to the Framework Directive (Trautmann report) at the plenary vote on Wednesday 24 September, you will be enshrining in law the rights of citizens to use the internet free from the fear of unreasonable surveillance or censure. I urge you to support these amendments.

    You can find out more about these and other amendments to the Telecoms package on this web page:
    http://www.laquadrature.net/wiki/Telecoms_Package_Plenary_Voting_List

    Yours sincerely,

    Becky Hogge

  14. Blogroll » Still time to email your MEP regarding the Telecoms Package Amendments:
    Sep 29, 2008 at 10:36 AM

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