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Tuesday, 5 May 2009 - Strasbourg OJ edition

3. Electronic communications networks, personal data and the protection of privacy - Electronic communications networks and services - Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) and the Office - Frequency bands for mobile communications (debate)
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  Mary Lou McDonald (GUE/NGL ). - Madam President, this telecoms package is of very great interest to many citizens in my own country of Ireland and indeed across the European Union, and rightly so. As MEPs, I hope that we can send a strong message on behalf of those citizens that we are in favour of a free Internet, where the privacy of users and their rights are respected fully. Today we must stand behind the block of citizens’ amendments that have been tabled, as the best way of defending those rights of our citizens.

These amendments, if passed, will restore some sort of balance between end users’ rights and freedoms and the rights and freedoms of others, including the right to intellectual property protection and indeed the right to privacy. The aim of this proposal should be to protect those who need protection, but also to strengthen the rights of citizens to access information within the law when and where they see fit. Service providers should be made to act in a transparent manner at all times and, if in very exceptional cases restrictions to access are required, they should be fully accountable in justifying these restrictions. National powers should have a role in investigating any restriction that service providers impose.

Finally, I hope that this Parliament will stand with our citizens this week in supporting the citizens’ amendment package, thereby standing in favour of the freedom of Internet users and civil liberties across the Union.

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