The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Right commends the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media and its rapporteur, Mr Axel Fischer, on its report and draft resolution. It largely subscribes to the committee’s conclusions and recommendations.
The committee recalls that it is currently undertaking further work on the protection of individuals against violations of their privacy rights in cyberspace and on the protection of whistle-blowers revealing abusive practices in cyberspace. It is in the process of preparing reports on “Mass surveillance” and on “Improving whistle-blower protection” (rapporteur for both subjects: Mr Pieter Omtzigt, Netherlands, EPP/CD).
The committee is of the opinion that the draft resolution would benefit from introducing the following amendments into its text.
In the draft resolution, at the end of paragraph 3, add the following sentence:
“The objective must be an internationally agreed legal framework with appropriate enforcement mechanisms, including protection for whistle-blowers who disclose violations.”
In the draft resolution, after paragraph 6.1, insert the following paragraph:
“collection, storage and processing of so-called meta-data (data that describes other data, for example information on senders, recipients, timing, key words, movements or contacts) shall be subjected, in principle, to the same rules as the collection, storage and processing of any other personal data;”
In the draft resolution, paragraph 6.3, after the words “while law-infringing users must be identifiable”, add the words “and criminals must be identifiable by law enforcement bodies subject to the legal safeguards required under the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5);”.