The European Parliament has passed the controversial Communications Traffic Data Retention directive.
Results of votes on Wednesday 14 December Data retention Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the retention of data processed in connection with the provision of public electronic communication services and amending Directive 2002/58/EC (A6-0365/2005) Rapporteur: Alexander Nuno Alvaro (ALDE, DE) Parliament adopted a package of compromise amendments after agreement had been reached with the Council. The amendments were approved by 387 votes in favour to 204 against with 29. The final resolution was adopted by 378 votes in favour to 197 against with 30 abstentions.
We await the full breakdown of exactly which of our Members of the European Parliament have betrayed the privacy and security of 450 million innocent European Union citizens, whilst adding unecessary costs to their telecommunications and internet providers, thereby making the EU less competitive in a world market, all for no demonstrable benefit in the fight against terrorism and serious crime.
None of the Communications Data Traffic used to identify the Madrid or London bombers was months or years old retained data on millions of innocent people - it was current and near real time data, focussed on suspects under investigation, which was of use to the law enforcement authorities, and it will always be so in the future.
Consulting with representatives of the telecomms and internet industries is not an adequate substitute for consulting with the wider European Union public at large on such fundamental privacy and security issues.