In European Election Pirate Parties against Massive Surveillance

Fabio Pietrosanti (naif) - lists lists at
Sun May 12 07:09:36 PDT 2019

Hi all,

i'm supporting Pirate Party (in Italy) for EU Election, that share a 
common European pirate party program (the same program in 9 EU states), 
with a clear and explicit commitment against massive surveillance and in 
favor of privacy.

I would love to see NGOs that are pro-privacy and against surveillance 
to support that point of the program of EU Pirate Parties publicly, 
calling for all digital rights activism communities across Europe to 
support that trough their own communities.

The full program is available at:

See the National Pirate Parties part of European Pirate Party .

It would be valuable for the participants of the list that are in EU 
countries and that share those ethical values and principles to get in 
touch with their national Pirate Party to advocate those point of EU 
political programs.

Fabio Pietrosanti (naif)

Below snippets of the program against surveillance:

        Privacy and Mass Surveillance

Europeans have a proud history of fighting for their fundamental rights 
and the freedoms of their fellow citizens.

To preserve our rights and freedoms, and to ensure the effectiveness of 
law enforcement, Pirates demand that data collection and monitoring is 
limited to people who are suspected of committing or preparing a crime 
and requires judicial approval and oversight.

Adequate protection against crime is an important responsibility of the 
state. We must ensure this responsibility is fulfilled through an 
intelligent, rational and evidence-based security policy.

Pirates wish to abolish the practice of routine, automated and 
untargeted data collection, storage and matching. We reject the blanket 
and indiscriminate collection of communications data (data retention), 
traveling data (PNR) and biometric data. Pirates oppose the automated 
profiling of people to divide them into risk categories (“profiling”) at 
borders (entry/exit system).

Public spaces are full of cameras that monitor the movement of people 
and vehicles, track faces, and combine this information without 
considering the potential for the erosion of privacy. Evidence 
demonstrates that the presence of such systems has little effect on the 
rate of crime and that, at best, crime simply shifts to other spaces. 
Pirates support and would prioritize the movement of police personnel 
from monitoring duties, to patrolling the streets. Pirates are against 
individuals being required to identify themselves if they are not 
suspected of committing a crime, especially when they are exercising 
their rights to protest or assemble.

Pirates oppose the exchange of personal data with countries that lack 
effective protection of fundamental rights except in emergencies.

        Stopping New Surveillance Plans

Pirates want to stop the erosion of civil rights, that has taken on 
dramatic proportions in recent history. To ensure our safety, we do not 
need new surveillance laws, existing laws are sufficient.

In particular, we reject:

    The proposal to make fingerprinting of all identity card holders in
    the EU obligatory.
    Attempts to allow providers to retain communications data
    indiscriminately for “security” purposes in the context of the
    proposed ePrivacy regulation.
    The proposed creation of a centralized EU Identity Register
    including fingerprints and facial images (“interoperability”).
    Unilateral cross-border law enforcement access to data bypassing
    mutual assistance channels (“e-evidence regulation”).
    Screening travelers using lie detectors („iBorderCtrl“ project).

        Systematic Evaluation of Existing Surveillance Powers and Moratorium

Pirates support well-reflected measures to keep us safe but intend to 
abolish harmful interferences in our fundamental rights. We, therefore, 
want the European Fundamental Rights Agency to systematically examine 
all current and future surveillance powers and programmes as to their 
effectiveness, cost, adverse side effects, alternatives and 
compatibility with our fundamental rights.

Pirates advocate a moratorium on any further interference with our human 
rights by the security agencies of the EU in the name of internal 
security until the systematic review of existing powers by the FRA is 

        Security Research

Pirates support the funding of research through the EU, however, the 
frequent involvement of government agencies in surveillance and 
filtering operations like INDECT and CleanIT demonstrates a clear 
intention to use such technologies in a way which makes them publicly 
funded tools for dismantling civil rights. We, therefore, argue that the 
EU must not fund technologies that limit fundamental rights.

        Protecting Our Privacy Online

The proposed e-Privacy regulation will update privacy rules for 
e-communications. We reject attempts to allow providers to retain 
communications data indiscriminately for “security” purposes. The 
collection or use of personal data for data trade, advertising or market 
or opinion research must be allowed only with the active and informed 
consent of the person concerned.

Additional Internet privacy legislation is needed to ensure that 
information society services can be used and paid for anonymously, and 
do not indiscriminately record our online activities. We intend to 
replace the surveillance economy with an anonymous micropayment economy.

The right to use encryption shall be guaranteed. Support for end-to-end 
encryption shall be made compulsory for manufacturers of 
telecommunications equipment. Transport encryption shall be made 
compulsory for telecommunications operators, especially operators of 
international cables. National and inter-EU communications shall no 
longer be routed via third countries to prevent foreign intelligence 
agencies from intercepting them.

        Export Controls of Surveillance and Censorship Technology

We support export controls of surveillance and censorship technology. We 
will not support the proliferation, by means of export credit or other 
state guarantees, of European-made surveillance and censorship 
technology to authoritarian countries that do not respect the rule of 
law. We will fight to uphold the privacy of journalists, activists and 
citizens around the world, by supporting legislation that prevents 
oppressive regimes from acquiring such technology and services from any 
entity in the European Union.

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