A PROPOSAL in an EU directive to protect children from abuse for retaining search engine data for up to two years has been tabled.
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the early warning system to detect paedophiles and sex offenders violates European data protection rules.
"Written Declaration 29" has an embedded data retention policy that would obligate the search engines to store data. The declaration asks the EU council to consider implementing the proposals to increase its powers to investigate online paedophiles.
"Ask the [European] Council and the [European] Commission to implement Directive 2006/24/EC and extend it to search engines in order to tackle online child pornography and sex offending rapidly and effectively."
As the EFF pointed out, Directive 2006/24/EC is otherwise known as the European Data Retention Directive.
"[It is an] unpopular framework that compels telecommunications service providers operating in Europe to store all communications traffic data between six months and up to [two] years, for possible use by law enforcement," said Katitza Rodriguez.
The data retention proposals have serious implications under the guise of a well-intentioned but woefully misguided policy. The EFF notes that parliamentarian Cecilia Wikström withdrew support when she realised that "Long-term storage of citizens' data has clearly nothing to do with 'early warning' for any purpose."
The EFF said EU citizens can campaign against this surveillance by signing up for the Smile29 campaign. µ
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