I've decided that if ever I write to an elected official, I should share
what they say with anyone who is remotely interested. To that end I've
created 'iSay' as a record and a public space for me to store any
letter I recieve from an elected official. I use the writetothem.com website
to contact elected officials.
EUROPEAN DATE RETENTION DIRECTIVE
Letter to my MP, Ben Chapmen, dated 18th January 2006.
Dear Mr Chapman,
As a Wirral resident I am writing to you in relation to the
European data retention directive.
I am concerned by the attempt from the creative industries, namely movie & record
companies to have the data retention directive amended to cover piracy.
Its bad enough having our freedom and privacy eroded in the name
of protecting us from terrorism, but to allow the creative industries
access to this data is unacceptable. The creative industries seem to believe
that protecting them from file sharers is as important as protecting us
I understand that every MEP has received a letter from the CMBA asking for
you to support an amendment to not limit the act to only 'serious crime'
On a broader note, the acts effectiveness is questionable. As a computer
professional I have a pretty good idea how to keep my communication secure,
such as using multiple PAYG mobiles bought with cash, encrypting my email
and sending it through non UK mail servers, and using anonymous proxies for
my web surfing. If I as a normal citizen with nothing to hide knows how to
do this, how much more a serious criminal or terrorist?
I look forward to your response on this.
Mr Chapman responded just five days later stating that he had forwarded
my letter to Douglas Alexander at the Foreign and Commenwealth Office for
comment, and that he would be in touch again once he had heard back
from Mr Alexander.
[See the letter]
On February the 13th Mr Chapman followed up on his earlier response enclosing
a letter he had recieved from Douglas Alexander.
the cover letter from Ben Chapman] (JPG)
[See the letter from Douglas
Alexander] ( JPG)
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