106 NGOs send letter to European Commission opposing data retention directive

106 NGOs have signed a letter addressed to the European Commission opposing the EU Directive 2006/24 on mandatory data retention. The Directive enforces the gathering and retention of communications data on all phone-calls, faxes, mobile phone-calls (including location) and internet usage right across the EU:

“We believe that such invasive surveillance of the entire population is unacceptable. With a data retention regime in place, sensitive information about social contacts (including business contacts), movements and the private lives (e.g. contacts with physicians, lawyers, workers councils, psychologists, helplines, etc) of 500 million Europeans is collected in the absence of any suspicion.”

As representatives of the citizens, the media, professionals and industry we collectively reject the Directive on telecommunications data retention. We urge you to propose the repeal of the EU requirements regarding data retention in favour of a system of expedited preservation and targeted collection of traffic data as agreed in the Council of Europe’s Convention on Cybercrime.

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