PiPhone: call your “Civil Liberties” (LIBE) committee MEPs, free of charge, and make yourself heard!
Demand the protection of our rights and freedom, by the adoption of
strong safeguards for our privacy!
The protection of privacy is a fundamental right guaranteed by the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In a democratic society, privacy is an essential enabler for other fundamental rights, such as the rights to freedom of expression and to form and join associations. However, many players now find an interest in watering
down the protection of this fundamental right to increase the
surveillance of citizens or to exploit information about them,
by collecting, processing, storing and trading it. These practices,
dangerous for our liberties both online and offline, are already
becoming widespread on the Internet.
The right to protect our privacy needs to be adapted to the digital era and strengthened to take up these new challenges. But the opposite is happening. The revision of the European regulation concerning the protection of personal data, initiated by the European Commission in 2012, could lead to watering down these safeguards,
contrary to citizens' interests. Rather than bowing down to private
influences, it is essential that policy-makers force companies to more
transparency and accountability for the protection of our data and
After the IMCO, JURI, EMPL, ITRE committees votes, the “Civil Liberties” (LIBE) must now prepare the final report on the initial proposal of the European Commission, taking into consideration the opinions expressed by the previous committees. The
vote of the LIBE's report will be the decisive
step: this recommendation will orient the adoption or
the rejection of the data protection regulation by the whole of the European Parliament, and therefore by
the European Union. For more information, see our dossier about privacy and data protection.
IMCO, JURI, EMPL, and ITRE Committees expressed their views on the
proposal of the European Commission, the “Civil Liberties” (LIBE) committee must prepare the final report taking them into account. The
vote on this report will be a milestone: the recommendation of the LIBE
Committee will guide the adoption or rejection of the Regulation on the
protection of personal data by the whole Parliament, and therefore the
European Union. For more information, see our record on privacy and personal data.The vote on the LIBE's opinion is scheduled for June the 19th: ask LIBE members to protect our rights and freedom, by adopting
strong safeguards for our privacy!
Here are the key messages you can use while calling MEPs. You can find more in our dossier or our latest press release. An example of conversation is available here.
- Defend the principle of explicit and informed consent for specific collection and processing of data, no more, no less:
only this form of consent will make sure you will know what you have
agreed to and why. Make sure your representatives doesn’t defend some
blah-blah wording that will confuse and weaken this principle.
- Protect all personal data and refuse the absurd concept of “pseudonymous” data to be used as a derogation to safeguards: using
a pseudonym should not mean that everything you share about yourself
should go unprotected. And any encrypted personal information can
potentially be decrypted.
- Delete any mention of “legitimate interests”:
with the loophole of “legitimate interests” companies can transmit your
personal data without asking you first, as these words can mean almost
anything and everything.
- Ensure that every breach of personal data is immediately notified to
both relevant bodies and users, and severely sanctioned if caused by
excessive negligence or done on purpose, taking
into account the amount of money the company made out of the breach. Big
Business want to make the distinction between “good” and “bad” breaches
so that they can more easily violate your fundamental right, and if
caught, only pay peanuts.
- Give data protection authorities the necessary power to protect our rights.
- Preventing the use of profiling for taking decisions with a deep impact on our everyday lives.
Contact your MEPs!
The easiest and quickest way to contact your MEPs is to use the Piphone,
but there are other ways, described on La Quadrature du
If you choose the Piphone, a
random Member of the “Civil Liberties” (LIBE) committee, from any country,
will be selected unless you select a country in the form below. For more
about the MEP you are calling (political stance, decisions, etc.), you
can use Political Memory.
Whatever happens, don't forget the basic rules of courtesy and common sense. Whether
you agree or disagree with the individual answering the line, and whatever the views of other
members of her/his political group, don't give a negative image of people who
are advocating with the same purpose as you. Thank you <3
Three ways to call your MEP:
- Enter your phone number. You will automatically be called back and connected you to the MEP's office (free of charge).
- Use your phone and dial the number displayed to get in touch with a MEP.
- Or, if you have an already configured Voice-over-IP application, just click the phone number link.