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Sign the petition to stop mass surveillance activities in Romania!

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Just one month after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejected the Data Retention Directive – a legal act that would give security agencies access to private information related to citizens' telecommunications and internet use - Romania has continued to strengthen a legal culture of mass surveillance by:

- ignoring the ECJ decision and keeping the law 82/2012, allowing widespread data retention to be enforced anyway
- adopting, without public consultation, a law requiring registration of all prepaid SIM card users (including forcing the current 12 million users to submit their personal data during the next 6 months or face disconnection). This is all the more egregious given that this is the 4th such attempt since 2011.
- promoting a new legislative text that will require providers of free public WiFi hotspots to identify their users.
- adopting, without public consultation, a new law on information security that would require all citizens and companies that possess any kind of computer system to implement information security policies and to allow representatives of nine institutions (intelligence, law enforcement and defence agencies, ministries and other public institutions) to "have access to the data being held."

The following signatories demand that Romanian government and their public institutions to abandon this invasive legislation, and respect the privacy rights of citizens.

The letter

Thus, the undersigned signatories:

1. Remind that privacy is a fundamental human right, and that it is central to the existence and survival of democratic societies. It is essential to human dignity and it reinforces other rights, such as freedom of expression and information, and freedom of association, and is recognised under international human rights law. Activities that restrict the right to privacy, including communications surveillance, can only be justified when they are prescribed by law, when they are necessary to achieve a legitimate aim, and when they are proportionate to the aim pursued. [1]

2. Demand the immediate rejection by Parliament and withdrawal by the Government of the above mentioned draft laws that are infringing the right of privacy of the Romanian citizens.

3. Ask for an annulment of the entire Data Retention Directive in order to formalise the ECJ’s decision to deem it invalid.

4. Underscore that any future action of the government that could affect the right of privacy or any other fundamental rights must be drafted and adopted only after meeting the transparency requirements made by Law 52/2003, with a full human rights impact assessment and with a mandatory opinion from the Romanian Data Protection Authority.

[1] International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance -

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