As reported on the Register, more than 300 MEPs in the European Parliament are set to lobby the EU to keep a log of every internet search made in Europe, under the dubious logic of cracking-down on paedophilia:
They have signed a written declaration urging that the European Data Retention Directive - which mandates that ISPs should retain basic session data for up to two years - is extended to cover web search providers..
Written declarations are the European Parliament's equivalent of the the Commons' Early Day Motion system, whereby MPs sign up to causes in the hope of drawing attention to or action on their cause.
Sponsored by Italian MEP Tiziano Motti and Slovak MEP Anna Záborská, written declaration 29 (pdf) is close to being adopted by the Parliament. It has 324 of of the requisite 369 MEPs' signatures.
If 369 MEPs do sign the declaration it will have no legal affect, but will be sent to the European Commission for consideration.
There can be no doubt: monitoring every internet search is a completely unjustifiable and disproportionate intrusion on our privacy.
The MEPs responsible for proposing this law under the guise of preventing paedophilia should be ashamed of themselves for exploiting such an emotive issue in this way.
With Data Retention Directive already in place, this latest move suggests that the EU Parliament is intent on controlling what we look at on the internet.
The full declaration is available online here: http://smile29.eu/doc/DS29_EN.pdf
By Dylan Sharpe