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April 16, 2014 | Jim Killock

Quiz your MEP candidates on digital rights

Europe makes many of the laws that are shaping privacy and restricting surveillance. Data Protection, for instance, should guarantee that interception is lawful, rather than arbitrary.


Last week, the European Court of Justice declared the Data Retention Directive invalid: which has huge implications for our claim that UK law supervising surveillance is inadequate.

The European Parliament also investigated the Snowden allegations, and took evidence from Edward Snowden himself.

After investigations, the Parliament agreed that data protection “safe harbor” agreements with the USA should be suspended and said that the activities of GCHQ and the NSA “appear illegal”.

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t was the Parliament, too, that struck down the ACTA treaty, and recently voted to protect net neutrality.

Europe matters for digital rights and our campaign to end mass surveillance in the UK. That's why we are taking part in the wepromise.eu campaign, asking you and candidates to pledge to support digital rights; and why we are asking you to come to the nearest digital rights hustings for EU Parliamentary candidates in May. With the election coming, we can put pressure on candidates to tell us what they will do to protect the right to privacy and free speech if they are elected.

Digital Rights European elections debates

Manchester

When: Tuesday 6th May, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: The Main Hall, The Friends Meeting House, Mount Street
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/176592492/

Sheffield

When: Thursday 8th May, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: St Mary's, Bramall Lane, S2 4QZ
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Sheffield/events/176593712/

Bristol

When: Friday 9th May, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: St Werburghs Community Centre
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Bristol/events/176594452/

Norwich

When: Monday 12th May, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Where: Norwich Quaker Meeting House, NR2 1EW
http://www.meetup.com/open-rights-group-norwich/events/176603832/

London

When: Thursday 15th May, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Where: Shoreditch Village Hall, 33 Hoxton Square, N1 6NN
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-London/events/176612572/

Brighton

When Friday, May 16, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: BMEP Centre 10A Fleet Street. Brighton, BN1 4ZE, Brighton
http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Brighton/events/177466782/

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