The most recent tension came from Pakistan’s decision that it will monitor Google, Bing, Yahoo (and other sites) for blasphemous content. Now it is the EU’s turn to try to impose checks on search engines through its controversial "Written Declaration 29."
Written Declaration 29
Italy’s European Member of Parliament, Tiziano Motti, is the author of the proposal, commonly known as Written Declaration 29, adopted last week. His aim was to protect children from abusers and paedophiles lurking on the web by requesting that user data from search engines be stored and used by governments to track sexual offenders.
Don’t we have enough REAL problems?
- A large percentage of children grow up in poverty stricken families, unintegrated into middle class society, condemned to low level of schooling and an unsuccessful life.
- Hundreds of millions of our children will live an unhealthy life and die early, due to obesity, wrong nutrition, lack of exercise.
- Hundreds of millions of children also will be victims of bullying at school, threatened, intimidates, psychologically damaged.
And now, search machines are supposed to become government spies? In violation of civil rights of hundreds of million law abiding internet users. With the intent to catch a few dozen dangerous "pedophiles" and entrap a couple of thousand harmless surfers who have bad taste and seek photos of young kids?
Watchdog Privacy International immediately stepped up to the plate by issuing a joint statement with search engine Ixquick, entitled: Ixquick: Search Engines Should Become Government Spies, Says EU Parliament. Ixquick has built its reputation on not storing any user search data and therefore feels it has been singled out by the Declaration. For Robert Beens, CEO of Ixquick, Written Declaration 29 would jeopardize the privacy of over 500 million people across Europe when it should really uniquely concern known offenders. "Sex offenders exchange files through underground networks. They don’t find this stuff through search engines," Alex Hanff of Privacy International said in the statement. "I spent eight years helping law enforcement track down online sex offenders and never once did we see a case where search engine data was useful."
Related articles about European Union Data Retention Plans
- EU Politicians Tricked Into Supporting Data Retention On Search Terms… ‘For The Children’ (techdirt.com)
- European MPs back web-search data retention plan (newstatesman.com)
- MEPs back web search history plan (independent.co.uk)
- Ixquick: Search Engines Should Become Government Spies, Says EU Parliament (eon.businesswire.com)
- Italian MEP Wants To Eliminate Anonymity On the Internet (search.slashdot.org)
- EU Request To Retain User Data From Search Engines Sparks Widespread Anger (searchenginewatch.com)
- EU Parliament plans Google-powered paedo detector (go.theregister.com)
- MEPs call for search engines to store web search histories for two years (telegraph.co.uk)
- EU Ministers Want ISP and Google Logs To Fight Paedos (dvorak.org)