Petition Closed
Petitioning The European Parliament

Adjourn the adoption of the regulation about personal data.


Europe must not forbid data preservation, but on the contrary ensure their protection and controlled access. It must ensure citizens that sufficient technical, financial and human resources, including the presence of skilled professionals will be granted to manage data properly.

Letter to
The European Parliament
To keep big Internet corporations (Google, Facebook etc...) from retaining and using our personal data, the European commission and European parliament are ready to rush through a radical solution for the spring of 2013 : a regulation that will compel public and private organisations to destroy or anonymize such data once the purpose for which they were created and gathered is achieved. The Commission wants to ensure a right to oblivion for European people that guarantees respect for privacy.
This regulation will focus on personal data in every format, paper or electronic. It will be implemented immediately and will prevail over national existing legislations and regulations.
Did you recently graduate? Schools or universities will destroy your file. Did you sell your real estate property ? The land registry office will destroy every trace of your property. Are you no longer employed ? The organisation you worked for will delete every bit of information related to you. Do not count on public organisations or your employer, you will be the only one responsible for your own personal data.
It is obvious that the re-use of personal data unbeknown to citizens and for commercial purposes, all this easily facilitated by new technologies, must be fought by every means, but systematic destruction or anonymization of data to avoid any trouble is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Rather than reinforcing a secured preservation and a controlled access to our heritage, compliant with individual liberties, Europe will impose a collective amnesia for our own good.
Collecting and preserving personal data for patrimonial or legal purposes beyond the needs leading to their creation, ensuring access to information while protecting privacy is the privilege of democracies, which have had strict legislation in this domain for a very long time.
Europe must not forbid data preservation, but on the contrary ensure their protection and controlled access. It must ensure citizens that sufficient technical, financial and human resources, including the presence of skilled professionals will be granted to manage data properly.
To avoid a decision with irreparable consequences, we ask the European commission to adjourn the adoption of this regulation and debate it in depth.