Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

Mass storage of data breaches EU and international laws,experts tell EP inquiry

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 ottobre 2013

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Mass storage of EU citizens’ personal data contravenes international, Council of Europe and EU laws, experts told the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday, at the 7th inquiry hearing on US and EU countries’ surveillance schemes. MEPs debated various means of redress for citizens and heard from European privacy organisations that have brought those behind surveillance activities to justice.”There is grave danger that it becomes publicly accepted that privacy is dead”, said former UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, Martin Scheinin, pointing out that the US and UK practices of electronic mass surveillance are in breach of Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).The EP should consider pushing for an “inter-state complaint mechanism” against both countries for not respecting the legal text. “I would not be surprised if certain Latin-American countries considered an inter-state complaint, so why shouldn’t the Europeans do the same thing?”, said Mr Scheinin. Replying to a question by MEP Axel Voss (EPP, DE), he also clarified that the EU, not being part of the covenant, cannot lodge a complaint and, therefore, it is up to individual states to do so.

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