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Political Memory: Kathy SINNOTT, MEP


General Data


  • Parlement européen
    Bâtiment Willy Brandt 03M081
    60, rue Wiertz, 1047 Bruxelles
    Tel.: +32 2 28 45 692/+32 2 28 47 692
    Fax: +32 2 28 49 692
  • Parlement européen
    Bâtiment Louise Weiss T11028
    1, avenue du Président Robert Schuman - CS 91024, 67070 Strasbourg Cedex
    Tel.: +33 3 88 175 692/+33 3 88 177 692
    Fax: +33 3 88 179 692
  • "St. Joseph" Ballinabearna, Ballinhassig, Co. Cork

Functions in European Parliament

Curriculum Vitae

  • Honorary PhD, St Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana, USA (2005)
  • Mother and homemaker (since 1970)
  • Founder and Secretary at various times of the Association for the Severely and Profoundly Mentally Handicapped (1983-1997)
  • Founder/Chair and Secretary at various times of the Hope Project (since 1996)
  • Irish Independent Person of the Month (2000)
  • Peace and Justice Award (2000)
  • Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Special Recognition Award (2001)
  • ESB/Rehab Person of the Year Award (2001)





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MEP Kathy Sinnott attacks anti-privacy amendments in “Telecom package”

Kathy Sinnott MEP for Munster is opposed to a series of amendments this week in Strasbourg to the European Telecommunications Directive designed to give the EU control over citizen’s internet usage. The proposed amendments to the could force internet service providers to turn over information on customers and monitor their internet usage. It could also force software makers to include spyware in their products to allow not only governments but also corporations to monitor citizen’s activities whether or not they are suspected of unlawful behaviour

Kathy Sinnott MEP said “I am a great proponent of net neutrality. The reason the internet is what it is today, is that no-one owns it and no company or government has as yet taken control over it. These amendments being pressed by some MEP’s seek to move Europe closer to the Chinese internet model where usage is monitored and where an individual goes online can be curtailed. This will give vast control over our lives to governments and in some cases corporations. I believe that law enforcement agencies should be allowed to pursue specific targets (eg. child pornography, terrorism) but monitoring the entire populace is not the way to go about it. These intrusions into our privacy would be unacceptable and I will be urging my colleagues to vote down all such amendments on July 7th.”

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Kathy is Democracy co president of the Independence/Democracy Group in the European Parliament

I am a committed proponent of net neutrality. As the world becomes

more globalised it is crucial that people have the ability to communicate freely. However, this freedom, which is of great value, must be used with respect. It must be recognised that without this respect the internet harbours the potential for abuse.

We have taken action on some of the worst abuses on the internet, such as paedophilia. However, other abuses also need to be tackled. Internet service providers must play their part in preventing their platform being used for destructive forces like libel, hate and exploitation. I would say to the Commissioner that we need to do everything in our power to protect freedom and, at the same time, to promote responsibility on the internet.