Romania: Back to the Digital Cage
Global Information Society Watch 2014, pp. 202-205.
5 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2015
Date Written: September 4, 2014
Romania joined the European Union (EU) in 2007 – an important step towards integrating its policies into the EU framework, but with several gaps when it comes to information and communications technologies (ICTs).
While the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected the EU Data Retention Directive as invalid, Romanian legislators were preparing two laws which, if adopted, would throw the country into a “digital cage”: Draft Law 263/2014 on cyber-security, and Draft Law 277/2014 on the registration of prepaid mobile SIM cards and public Wi-Fi users. Back in 2011, Romania was at the forefront of rejecting the EU Data Retention Directive, risking sanction from the European authorities. In this context, adopting laws that violate users’ right to privacy in 2014 would be a step back for the ICT policy-making standards in the country. This report focuses on two civil society protests against data retention laws in Romania that occurred in June and July 2014.
Keywords: Global Information Society Watch, Communications surveillance, Romania
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