MEPs: Declaration 29 Extends Directive to Search Engines
PRIVACY LAW—EUJune 4, 2010
The European Parliament is urging members to sign Declaration 29 in order to combat pedophilia and child pornography, Ars Technica reports. But some say the EU is misleading members into signing the declaration, which would ultimately extend the Data Retention Directive to cover search engines. In a letter to fellow MEPs, Cecilia Wikström wrote, "The Written Declaration is supposed to be about an early-warning system for the protection of children. Long-term storage of citizens' data has clearly nothing to do with 'early warning' for any purpose." Wikström urged those MEPs who may have signed the declaration mistakenly to withdraw their support.