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International day of protest against surveillance 11 October - Freedom not Fear

Posted by James Hammerton @ 8:25 pm on 8 September, 2008.
Categories privacy and surveillance, the database state.
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[Hat tip: UK Liberty]

From Stoppt die Vorratsdatenspeicherung:

Surveillance, distrust and fear are gradually transforming our society into one of uncritical consumers who have “nothing to hide” and - in a vain attempt to achieve total security - are prepared to give up their freedoms. We do not want to live in such a society!

We believe the respect for our privacy to be an important part of our human dignity. A free and open society cannot exist without unconditionally private spaces and communications.

The increasing electronic registration and surveillance of the entire population does not make us any safer from crime, costs millions of Euros and puts the privacy of innocent citizens at risk. Under the reign of fear and blind actionism, targeted and sustained security measures fall by the wayside, as well as tackling peoples’ actual daily problems such as unemployment and poverty.

In order to protest against security mania and excessive surveillance we will take to the streets in capital cities in many countries on 11 October 2008. We call on everybody to join our peaceful protest. Politicians are to see that we are willing to take to the streets for the protection of our liberties!


Our demands

  1. Cutback on surveillance
    • no blanket registration of all air travellers (PNR data)
    • no information exchange with the US and other states lacking effective data protection
    • no secret searches of private computer systems, neither online nor offline
    • no blanket surveillance and filtering of internet communications (EU Telecoms-Package)
    • abolish the blanket logging of our communications and locations (data retention)
    • abolish the blanket collection of our biometric data as well as RFID passports
    • abolish the blanket collection of genetic data
    • abolish permanent CCTV camera surveillance and automatic detection techniques
    • scrap funding for the development of new surveillance techniques
  2. Evaluation of existing surveillance powers

    We call for an independent review of all existing surveillance powers as to their effectiveness and harmful side-effects.

  3. Moratorium for new surveillance powers

    After the homeland armament of the past few years we demand an immediate hold to new homeland security laws that further restrict civil liberties.

  4. Guaranteeing freedom of expression, dialogue and information on the Internet
    • Ban the installation of filtering infrastructure on ISP networks.
    • Only independent and impartial judges may request the removal of Internet content.
    • Create a full right to quote multimedia, today indispensable to public debate in democracies.
    • Protect common internet places of expression (participatory sites, forums, comments on blogs) today threatened by inadequate laws encouraging self-censorship (chilling effect)

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