We call on the German Federal Government to establish a reliable legal basis, also on European level, for the protection of whistleblowers like Edward Snowden.
A commission of inquiry of the European Parliament shall investigate the following questions:
The EU data protection reform currently being negotiated is to be focused more on a broad and far-reaching protection of private and commercial data. Lobbyism in the other direction is to be rejected. Data of EU residents may not be given to intelligence agencies. Anyone who offers communication services that are available in Germany shall have to adhere to local data protection laws. The EU Agreement on Passenger Name Records and the Bank Data Sharing Agreement with the United States of America and with other third countries, as well as the so-called Safe-Harbor-Agreement shall be suspended or terminated in the face of these espionage events. In addition, all unrightfully collected data shall be deleted immediately.
The internet shall continue to serve for the support and dissemination of democratic fundamental rights and not for their oppression. To achieve this, the European Union shall push for an international treaty on the freedom of the internet.
We call on the German Federal Government and on the European Union to fund research projects for the development and use of hard- and software dedicated to fostering the protection of privacy. Projects dedicated to the development of products that can be used for the surveillance of the population shall be exempt from funding. Communication services shall only be offered if they are encrypted.
Direct access of government agencies to internet backbones as is the case for Tempora shall explicitly be made illegal. Such access makes a direct collection and storing of internet communication feasible, without any possibility for control by third parties, and it compromises all communication and privacy.
Any form of telecommunications data retention, even under the name of "Mindestspeicherfrist" (minimal storage period), is strictly refused by the Hamburger Bündnis gegen Überwachung (Hamburg Alliance Against Surveillance), independent of its concrete implementation. The storage of communication data without cause is a disproportionate invasion of fundamental rights and has been shown to be mostly of no use in the prosecution of criminal acts.
The introduction of a different form of telecommunications data retention through the back-door via User Account Data Inquiry (BDA) is also refused by the Alliance. Here, 250 public authorities are given simple access to E-mail passwords, mobile phone PINs and if need be to cloud services (Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive, etc.) Even for simple misdemeanors such as car parking violations, bank account data and IP addresses can be requested.
Apart from telecommunications and the internet, the real public space is more and more kept under surveillance without any cause or suspicion. In Hamburg, so-called „Gefahrengebiete“ („Danger Areas“) can be established by police authorities without any judicial or parliamentary control. Within these areas, the police can check personal IDs without cause or initial suspicion, can store ID information; it can also check bag contents and ban individuals from these areas. In Hamburg, there are currently four such permanent "Gefahrengebiete", in which fundamental rights are invaded.
We demand the nullification of all „Gefahrengebiete“, as well as the abolishment of the according passage in the Law on Data Processing by the Police (HmbPolDVG).
We demand the abidance by the resolution under international law to protect the human right to privacy even in the digital age as well as a contractual reduction of surveillance. We demand the complete retreat of intelligence agencies from civil society. There is a good reason for the separation of police and intelligence agencies. Analogous to the arms race during the Cold War, we need international disarmament negotiations and treaties for surveillance. Mass surveillance needs to be outlawed.