11th of October saw the first worldwide protests against surveillance measures such as the collection of all telecommunications data, the surveillance of air travellers and the biometric registration of citizens. In at least 15 countries citizens demanded a cutback on surveillance, a moratorium on new surveillance powers and an independent evaluation of existing surveillance powers.
In Liverpool, political campaigns came together to hold stalls in the city centre and distribute leaflets. Police riot vans surrounded and intimidated them, but surrounding crowds helped intervene to block the police and defend the stalls.Reports: | 1 | 2 |
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According to European Union (EU) Directive 2006/24/EU, all telecommunications operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in EU will have to retain email and telephone connection data of their customers and users for up to two years. This means that data about every citizen's communication is retained without a specific reason. The very act of communication will become suspicious.