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[liberationtech] stopsurveillance.org: An Open Letter Against Surveillance
ilf at zeromail.org
Thu Jul 25 02:13:22 PDT 2013
In the past few weeks, revelations regarding global surveillance
mechanisms have resulted in growing awareness and public debates about
data protection and privacy issues. Unfortunately, not many concrete
demands have been voiced so far. Therefore, German digital rights
association Digitale Gesellschaft has drafted a list of twelve
Please find them in English and sign at
We, the undersigned, hereby call on our governments, national
parliaments and the European institutions to:
1. Reject unjustified and disproportionate surveillance measures.
2. Ensure respect for the fundamental right to privacy and informational
self-determination. Prioritise both rights on a national and an
international level as well as via appropriate measures in the General
Data Protection Regulation, the upcoming Directive and corresponding
rules for the European institutions.
3. Ensure high levels ofprotection of privacy and redress mechanisms
against surveillance measures by third countries in international
4. Ensure that personal data that are collected and processed in the EU
may only be transferred to authorities or organisations in third
countries via mutual legal assistance treaties that contain adequate
5. Ensure the right to confidentiality by ensuring the integrity of
information technology systems.
6. Ensure that international cooperation between law enforcement,
judicial bodies and intelligence services is not used to circumvent
legal protections of fundamental rights.
7. Immediately disclose all treaties, laws and activities affecting the
right to informational self-determination of individuals residing in the
respective state and the EU.
8. Legally and financially penalise the violation of privacy of
individuals by domestic companies as well as by non-EU states and
companies residing in non-EU countries.
9. Introduce an obligation to issue individual notifications to
individuals affected by the enforcement of personal computer
surveillance measures, whether conducted by law enforcement authorities
or intelligence services.
10. Actively promote free and open source projects for digital
self-defence and promote the use of this technology.
11. Abandon all surveillance measures currently taking place outside the
rule of law.
12. Guarantee legal protections for whistleblowers who expose social
grievances, misconduct or illegal activities.
List of initial subscriber organizations:
- Access Now
- Arbeitskreis gegen Internet-Sperren und Zensur
- Chaos Computer Club e.V.
- Creative Commons Deutschland
- Deutscher Journalisten-Verband
- Digitalcourage e.V.
- Digitale Gesellschaft e.V.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Forum InformatikerInnen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung
- Free Software Foundation Europe
- Greenpeace Deutschland / Greenpeace in Zentral- und Osteuropa
- Happy Mutants LLC/Boingboing.net
- Initiative für Netzfreiheit
- Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V.
- Panoptykon Poland
- Privacy International
- Reporter ohne Grenzen e.V.
- Transparency International Deutschland
- Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V.
- Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Über 80 Millionen Deutsche benutzen keine Konsole. Klick dich nicht weg!
-- Eine Initiative des Bundesamtes für Tastaturbenutzung
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