IMMI Chairman, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, is co-rapporteur along with Mr. H. J. Juhn (MP for the Republic of Korea) for an IPU resolution: Democracy in the digital era and the threat to privacy and individual freedoms.
In the resolution the threat to privacy is highlighted and the need for democratic and technical safeguards and stronger and transparent legislation is clarified. The resolution calls on parliaments to:
“review their national frameworks and State practices with a view to promoting and increasing the possibilities for civilian participation in the digital era, free exchance of information and ideas and equal access to the Internet and, with a view to enhancing democracy in the 21st century, encourages parliaments to remove limitations on free speech and flow of information and to uphold the principle of Net neutrality”
It further calls on parliaments to:
“prohibit the interception, collection or analysis of personal data without the informed consent of the individuals concerned or a valid order granted by an independent court on grounds of reasonable suspicion of the targets’ involvement in criminal activity”.
Emphasizing in another section that:
“all legislation in the field of surveillance, privacy and personal data must be based on the principles of legality, transparency, proportionality, necessity and the rule of law”.
And clarifying the need for:
“secure and incompromised systems of communication for the public good and the protection of basic rights.”
An explanatory memorandum accompanies the resultion.
The resolution will be adotped by the IPU (which consists of 166 countries represented by their national parliamentarians) in the 133rd IPU Assembly to be held in Geneva October 17-21.
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