European Citizen's Initiative for Protection of Privacy

At the 44th CEPIS Council in Bucharest, a proposal was presented by Gerald Futschek from Oesterreichisches Computer Gesellschaft (OCG) for a European Citizen's Initiative on privacy protection. The data retention Directive 2006/24/EC obliges telecommunications providers to store all communication data for at least six months, and this has given rise to concerns on interference with the fundamental rights of European citizens.

OCG proposes that the following actions are needed:

  • recheck all relevant legal measures with respect to the adherence to the specified clauses of the European Convention of Human Rights.
  • repeal the Directive on data retention 2006/24/EC and replace this directive with a guideline that conforms to fundamental rights.

One million proposal supporters from at least nine European countries are required and computer societies from across Europe can become involved in this initiative.

A workshop to discuss this proposal, and determine what alternatives could be proposed to Directive 2006/24/EC will take place in Brussels in June.

If any Member Societies are interested in this topic and the planned workshop please contact Fiona Fanning.