back to article End mass snooping and protect whistleblowers, MEPs yell at EU

The European Parliament on Tuesday voted to adopt the conclusions of a report – as a non-legally binding resolution – that defends encryption, anonymity and digital freedom. The report (PDF), which was narrowly approved by 371 votes in favour to 293 against, said “the active complicity of certain EU member states in the NSA’s …

  1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Good news but...

    ...there's still 293 who haven't got the message.

    1. Matt Bryant Silver badge

      Re: Doctor Dimtax Re: Good news but...

      More like 371 desperately trying to deny to themselves their own countries are all at it too.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    non-legally binding resolution

    so what is the fucking point? Even the legally binding resolutions and laws are ignored and mis-interpreted, much more so this (expensive) fart.

  3. oneeye

    The criminals will always have access to encryption, guns, and every thing else they want or need!

    But the governments of the world want to take those things away from law abiding citizens in an effort to more fully control us all! They care not that we would be left vulnerable and suffer losses in many ways. And besides, it's not like the spies aren't already exploiting every weakness in hardware/software already,and leaving us exposed. I mean,can you all imagine if and when law enforcement becomes fully automated? Your computer will be judge, jury, and executioner. They will send a robotic cop to arrest you,transport you in a driverless car (paddywagon) and place the pain of death control collar on you that reads your thoughts,in order to facilitate your RE-EDUCATION !! Got the picture? Don't laugh, now.

  4. AndrueC Silver badge

    It's nice to see that someone is still trying to fight on our side. I'm sort of okay with the concept of an overarching European Parliament but it's too expensive, and inefficient. Also as this shows in a lot of cases it's pretty toothless. I wonder sometimes if the real purpose of it is for window dressing :(

    1. Nick Kew


      Isn't it basically toothless precisely because any attempt to give teeth to the (democratically elected) parliament - as opposed to the political appointees and civil servants - gets scuppered? Not least by British politicians and press who have long been determined not to allow it democratic legitimacy.

      1. AndrueC Silver badge

        Re: toothless

        Yes. Plus..maybe if it had teeth it'd be less benign.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Reality theater

    Snowden will be held accountable for his damage to society.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Reality theater

      Snowden will be held accountable for his damage to government.


      However he should not be.

      1. Expectingtheworst

        Re: Reality theater

        I think the problem is the difference between whistle blowers, ie people who point out the security problems and abuse of power, and the release of information that can cause actual harm and cause friction between countries.

        I am sure you would want to blow the whistle on your bank for failing to secure your details, but would you want the personal information that was obtained to show such a breach to be freely dispatched over the web ?

    2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: Reality theater

      For some negative value of damage.

    3. hplasm

      Re: Reality theater

      "Snowden will be held accountable for his damage to society."

      And Anonymous Cowards will be rounded up and sent to gulags for their re-education.

      Your point, again?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Never going to happen

    Due to national security requirements, mass machine read communications will continue because there is no better security system.

  7. tom dial Silver badge

    Dual use

    “We need to make sure that Europe plays a leading role to prevent advanced systems, which are used to violate human rights, falling into the wrong hands," she said.

    This is much less clear cut than usually portrayed. Proper encryption technology,for instance, once was under US export restriction although it was clearly recognized to have benefits as well as potential for such activities as concealing criminal or terrorist activity. Nuclear technology might also be mentioned. Absent specific referents, statements like the above are effectively meaningless.

    1. Medixstiff

      Re: Dual use

      It all sounds nice and rosy with regards to the dual use stipulation, however how does that help all the dead in Syria and the refugee's flooding into Europe?

      When are governments going to get their acts together and sort out places like Syria instead of throwing away money with airstrikes etc. that really do nothing to resolve the situation and cost money for the EU nations that now have to deal with the refugee crisis?

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