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Political Memory: Alyn SMITH, MEP

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General Data

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Functions in European Parliament

Curriculum Vitae

  • LLB (Hons.), Leeds University and Heidelberg University (1994)
  • MA (Advanced European Studies) College of Europe (1995)
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Nottingham Law School (1996)
  • Qualified solicitor, Clifford Chance, London (1999)
  • Anderson Strathern Solicitors Edinburgh 2000-2002
  • Scottish Parliament Advisor to Richard Lochhead MSP, Shadow Scottish Fisheries Minister 2002-2003
  • Scottish Parliament, Scottish National Party Group Justice Business and Europe Advisor 2003-2004





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25/05/2010 Written Declaration 12/2010 (ACTA)

Has signed written declaration 12/2010 on the lack of a transparent process for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and potentially objectionable content.

09/07/2008 Reply to campaign concerning vote on IMCO & ITRE of Telecoms package

Many thanks for getting in touch with me and for drawing my attention to your concerns with some of the amendments to the proposed telecoms package. Since the Parliament's draft report on the package was under consideration by the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee I raised your concerns with my Green/EFA group colleagues on that Committee as I am not a member of the Internal Market Committee.

The Telecoms universal services report was adopted last night in Committee with my group voting in favour of it because of the multiple benefits it will bring to consumers. Regarding the issue as to whether amendments to the proposed telecoms package would allow internet service providers to monitor or block users' access to the internet by controlling the content of users' internet activities, the Commission's original proposal allows national regulators to take measures against service degradation and slowing of traffic over internet networks. It explicitly states that users must not have their online access unreasonably restricted. My group colleagues in the Internal Market Committee agree with this because we consider that using the internet is a service of general (economic) interest and that therefore it is very important indeed to ensure appropriate network management in order to prevent degradation of service.

In addition, the Greens/EFA had tabled an amendment to add that ISPs must ensure that subscribers can send and receive any form of content without prejudice of the needs to preserve the integrity and security of the networks. The compromise amendment keeps the same idea by stating that "the ability of users to access or distribute lawful content or to run lawful applications and services of their choice is not unreasonably restricted". Recital 14 confirms that "it should be the end-users' decision what lawful content they want to be able to send and receive, and which services, applications, hardware and software they want to use for such purposes, without prejudice to the need to preserve the integrity and security of networks and services". So these provisions do not give ISPs the right to monitor or block the traffic on the internet because of the content of subscribers' activities. Their purpose is rather to avoid slowing down of the traffic.

The report as adopted does not provide for "internet policing" by internet providers. It does not give ISPs the right to block anything unlawful for content purposes. My group believes that the public shoul be informed about activities that are unlawful, in particular because many parents do not know what their children do on the internet.

Like my group, I believe internet access is a service of general interest and a minimum quality of service must be guaranteed to all users. This report will go to the Parliament's plenary session in September and in the meantime we remain open minded to any ways in which to improve the proposed telecoms package further.