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EU politicians pledge net neutrality and data privacy to gain votes

Jennifer Baker | Feb. 13, 2014
European politicians have pledged to defend net neutrality and data privacy in a bid to get elected.

As well as net neutrality and data privacy, candidates promise to promote free or open source software, to seek an update to copyright legislation, to promote online anonymity and encryption and to push for controls on surveillance and censorship technology.

Candidates who sign up also promise to fight against privatized enforcement outside the rule of law, unlike some politicians in the current Parliament who have backed plans to make ISPs monitor their customers' Internet use. The pledge also calls for politicians to take a stand against blanket, unchecked surveillance measures.

"Surveillance must adhere to international human rights and adequately protect the rights to privacy and freedom of expression. Just because it is possible to monitor everything does not make it right to do so," reads the charter.


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