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MEPs to save us?

Today the buggers are voting on those stupid data retention proposals Blair and co have come up with (For background: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, or via or

As this interview with Jean-Marie Cavada, the chair of the EP’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, should make clear, it’s rather unlikely these stupid and invasive measures are going to be passed by the European Parliament:

“The State does not need to know everything. It is essential to respect the principle of proportionality. It is not the State that controls citizens but citizens who control the State. We must avoid introducing measures which may turn out to be a system of mass surveillance.”

The Committee has formally recommended that Parliament reject the proposal, submitted jointly by Britain, France, Ireland and Sweden. Which, if they do, won’t really achieve a great deal, but will at least hold them up a bit…

Update: Via John in the comments – hurrah!

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