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Hacked celebrities 'dumb', says proposed EU digital commissioner

Loek Essers | Oct. 2, 2014
Legislation can't protect people from their own stupidity, Gunther Oettinger told the European Parliament during his confirmation hearing.

"The position of Mr. Oettinger on net neutrality shows not only that he knows nothing about the critical issues it covers, but also that he is willing to bow to lobbying by telecom operators," said Félix Tréguer , a founding member of the group.

Discussing cloud computing, he said that he didn't have any plans to draw up legislation in that sector in the next year.

However, he was keen to unite the still fragmented European digital markets. "We still have 28 digital economies at the moment," he said. A fragmented market is not going to work if you want to protect data, he said, adding that a single EU digital internal market is needed to do that.

He dodged a question about his plans, if any, to support free software, saying nothing on the subject, an omission La Quadrature du Net called "shameful."

Oettinger will only get to work on these issues if he wins the confidence of MEPs who, following evaluations by parliamentary committees of the candidates for the various Commissioner posts, will soon vote on whether to support them.

 

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