Citation Edit

European Union, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Report on a Digital Freedom Strategy in EU Foreign Policy (2012/2094(INI)) (Dec. 11, 2012) (full-text).

Overview Edit

The Strategy calls on the EU to codify the principle of net neutrality and provide political support to European companies forced by third country governments to take down online content. The makes the EU's trade and association agreements, development programs and accession negotiations conditional on respect for digital freedoms.

It calls for the EU to halt the export of technologies used by authoritarian regimes to track and trace human rights activists, journalists and dissidents.

The Strategy also states that collected digital evidence (smartphone pictures and clips of human rights violations) should be admissible in court proceedings.

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