An open letter to the European Parliament's LIBE committee

e-evidence newsletter

In an effort to stem the tide of external control over user privacy, Matomo has rallied with other like-minded companies like Protonmail, NextCloud, Tutanota and Mailfence, to advocate for pro-privacy changes to the European Commission’s « e-evidence » proposal.

Excerpt from the letter: 

« The Commission’s e-evidence proposal threatens the competitive advantage European tech businesses have over their American counterparts by undermining the protections we can provide to our customers. It breaks with the long-standing rule that only trusted national judicial authorities can order companies to hand over customer data for criminal investigations. Instead, the Commission’s e-evidence proposal would allow any foreign law enforcement agency from across the EU to force us to hand out customer data without our own authorities doublechecking the foreign order.

« Different from American Big Tech firms, European privacy tech companies lack the resources to verify the legality of each foreign order. Because of the way the e-evidence proposal is phrased, we would not even be able to properly authenticate foreign authorities to ensure that we are not replying to a malicious actor – let alone object to an order if we found it to be unwarranted. »

Matomo Founder, Matthieu Aubry emphasises, « It is time that privacy-minded tech companies work together to defend their users, their businesses, and the values they are founded on. This is why we are supporting Privacy Tech Europe. »

Read our open letter to members of the LIBE Committee in full.

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