The Brussels Privacy Declaration

Burgerrechtenorganisaties hebben The Brussels Privacy Declaration gelanceerd. Een initiatief van Bits of Freedom, EDRi en Privacy International met een tekst die aan duidelijkheid niets te wensen overlaat. De verklaring is in de eerste plaats gericht aan (euro)parlementairen en Europese overheden om hen duidelijk te maken dat ze onze privacy moeten beschermen en niet moeten buigen voor lobbyisten die enkel de belangen van (een paar grote, Amerikaanse) bedrijven verdedigen.

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Privacy is a fundamental human right, but today this right is widely ignored.
We are outraged.
We are outraged, because

  • we, the citizens, are now kept in hundreds of databases, mostly without our knowledge or consent,
  • over 1,200 companies specialise in trading our personal data, mostly without our knowledge or consent,
  • every time we browse the internet over 50 companies now monitor every click, mostly without our knowledge or consent,
  • we are constantly being categorised and judged by algorithms and then treated according to the “perceived value” we may or may not bring to business without our knowledge and consent, and
  • lobbying is currently replacing European citizens’ voices and manifest concerns.

We call on the Members of the European Parliament and the governments of all European Member States to enhance and enforce our privacy rights.
We expect the new European rules on data protection to ensure:

  • The protection of all personal information including identifiers of hard- and software
  • Recognition that every European citizen has the right to effectively control his or her personal information
  • Explicit, strong and informed consent for processing of our personal data
  • No more coupling of service usage to personal data use (no more ’take-it or leave-it’ online)
  • Transparency of data processing and data sharing practices.
  • ‘True’ data portability to promote competition and reduce “lock-in” and achieve information self-determination
  • Strong protection against secretive profiling of citizens, both on- and offline
  • Effective redress mechanisms and sanctions imposed on companies and government bodies that do not respect the law

The future of Europe needs privacy, and we need you to defend this fundamental right now.

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