“It is obvious that the re-use of personal data unbeknown to citizens and for commercial purposes, all this easily facilitated by new technologies, must be fought by every means, but systematic destruction or anonymization of data to avoid any trouble is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Rather than reinforcing a secured preservation and a controlled access to our heritage, compliant with individual liberties, Europe will impose a collective amnesia for our own good.
Collecting and preserving personal data for patrimonial or legal purposes beyond the needs leading to their creation, ensuring access to information while protecting privacy is the privilege of democracies, which have had strict legislation in this domain for a very long time.
Europe must not forbid data preservation, but on the contrary ensure their protection and controlled access. It must ensure citizens that sufficient technical, financial and human resources, including the presence of skilled professionals will be granted to manage data properly.
To avoid a decision with irreparable consequences, we ask the European commission to adjourn the adoption of this regulation and debate it in depth.”