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PRISM Should Be Banned in the EU - 2017/01/06
Last month the top EU court ruled that "the general and indiscriminate retention of all traffic and location data" is an unjustifiable act and is illegal. With that the EU has taken a step forward in privacy legislation and working towards a better future for citizens. However, this is only the beginning as this is only applying to domestic surveillance and does not consider foreign surveillance.

The fact is that the NSA's mass surveillance programme has been used to spy on EU members as well as other foreign countries that are allies of the US. This act of surveillance on allied nations alone (especially now that it is illegal in the EU) should be considered an act of hostility towards the EU indicating that the US no longer trusts us and is treating us as enemies. One of the key measures that should be taken by EU countries is to place a ban on software and services that use PRISM or other surveillance software (this includes anything from Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo, etc.) and try to obtain as much technological independence from the US as possible. This includes attempts to remove all hardware that requires non-free/compromised firmware from public facilities, mainly government and military facilities.

We live in the day and age where there are no more excuses, especially when there are free OSs such as the 100% free distributions of GNU/Linux, and practically any application has a free alternative (NOTE: I'm speaking of freedom, otherwise I would say 'gratis'). Such a process will be lengthy and difficult, and even harder for the poorer EU nations such as Spain and Greece, but it is something necessary for these nations to put a front against the US and their mass surveillance programs which are attacking the EU.

A clear message should be sent to these companies that if they want to sell in the EU they will have to stop doing what the US government demands of them, otherwise their products will be banned from entering Europe and be considered weapons of surveillance. This act will then send a message to the US government that the EU is not an extension nor a colony of the US and therefore has no right to spy on any EU citizens, it only has the power to do that over its own citizens in the restriction of its own territory, any further than that and they are risking damaging their relations with the EU.

With this message sent and these measures taken the EU as well as other countries that may join in on such a statement, can become independent from the US technologically and begin to follow their own interests, regaining their sovereignty.


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