Christian Engström, Pirat

12 mars 2013

Letter to the EU parliament president on blocking of emails from citizens #mepblock

Filed under: demokrati i eu,English — Christian Engström @ 10:13

I have now sent the following letter to the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz:

Dear President Schulz,

On March 7, 2013, a large number of citizens tried to email Members of the European Parliament to express their views on the ”Report on eliminating gender stereotypes” in the EU, which had attracted public attention on the internet and in media.

Around noon, approximately 350 emails from concerned citizens had arrived, but then they suddenly stopped appearing.

This turned out to be because the parliament’s IT support department LSU MEP had taken the decision to block these emails by classifying them as spam, after some MEPs had requested this.

I find it completely unacceptable that the parliament’s IT support department deliberately blocks certain emails from genuine citizens wishing to contact their elected representatives, and I find it even more unacceptable that this was done at the request of some individual MEPs (whose names and political groups I do not know).

No MEP should have the power of shutting off communication between other MEPs and their constituents using the parliament’s technical staff and infrastructure.

I look forward to your confirmation that you share this view, and that you will take immediate and appropriate action to both solve the present situation and make sure it is not repeated in the future.

Yours sincerely,

Christian Engström, MEP

PS. This email has also been sent by fax, to make sure it is not stopped by the filtering.


9 kommentarer

  1. If this escalates any further, soon you might have to hire someone to deliver your mail in person,

    Or even worse, you have to have a proof of delivery system when you personally hands it over.

    Kommentar av Thomas — 12 mars 2013 @ 11:43

  2. Excellent! I can’t wait to see the reaction, if any, from the leadership. My guess it they will try to suppress it, because it is in fact very embarrassing that something like this could happen.

    Kommentar av Johan Tjäder — 12 mars 2013 @ 12:00

  3. Reblogged this on Urbansundstrom’s Weblog.

    Kommentar av urbansundstrom — 12 mars 2013 @ 16:52

  4. It wasn’t deliberately blocked by the IT departement. Deliberate was the decision of the MEP who is there just to take his salary and benefits and who doesn’t wish to be disturbed by some citizens while he’s playing on-line poker.

    The problem might be that there is no clear IT department policy on this kind of things, so all it takes is that some MEP picks up the phone and ask. And the IT guy does what he’s asked because he’s not there to make some policy and he doesn’t want that someone arranges for him being fired for not doing his job.

    Kommentar av Jarda — 12 mars 2013 @ 16:57

  5. Snyggt att du använde 1900-talsteknik (telefax) för att vara på säkra sidan. 🙂

    Kommentar av sysadminbloggen — 12 mars 2013 @ 17:13

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  7. The European Network and Information Security Agency, ENISA, wants authorities to stop supporting e-mail all together. I guess it makes sense when applying this special kind of EU-logic on reality.

    ”In the long term, industry, government and businesses should investigate alternative communication channels which better protect users from spoofing or phishing” according to ENISA.

    Oh, that might happen. When you replace the Internet…

    Kommentar av Johan Tjäder — 13 mars 2013 @ 16:40

  8. Dear Mr Kensan,

    The President of the European Parliament, Mr Martin Schulz, received your recent message about the alleged ”censorship of e-mails” at the European Parliament and your request to contact the Italian MEPs to take action against the EU law that censors pornography on the web.

    The President has asked the European Parliament’s Citizens’ Enquiry Service to reply.

    The Citizens’ Enquiry Service confirms that no e-mails addressed to MEPs have been filtered by the technical services of the European Parliament. In addition to its normal spam filters, the European Parliament has an alert system in case of an excessive influx of e-mails which could affect the proper functioning of the e-mail system.

    This system was triggered on 7 March because of an enormous influx of e-mails. This security measure is automatic and purely of a technical nature, and is independent of the content or sender of the message. It is determined solely by the high number of identical incoming mails. These mails are not deleted; they are merely placed in ”quarantine” and can be consulted at any time.

    If you wish to contact a Member directly you can follow the link below, where you have access to the list of Members of the European Parliament, by country:

    Here you will find all the relevant information on how to contact them by post, telephone or e-mail.

    I hope that this information has been helpful and thank you for your interest in the European Parliament.

    Yours sincerely,

    Citizens’ Enquiry Service

    European Parliament

    Kommentar av Sandro kensan — 27 mars 2013 @ 20:40

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