Thanks to our persistent demands and decisive action, high roaming charges and extortionate bills for international phone calls are now a thing of the past.
Privacy was another battle we took up, and we successfully managed to revise and improve the legislation on personal data protection. Setting a global data protection standard would give EU citizens more control over their own personal data and improve their security both online and offline. In light of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, and the many other cases of online breaches of privacy and identity theft, we took a strong stance on individual privacy in the digital era. It was the S&D Group that led the debate and mobilised a broad parliamentary majority to back a strong resolution demanding action to protect citizens’ privacy.
For the S&D Group, cybersecurity is a real issue for public authorities, as well as big companies and citizens, and we worked hard for measures to strengthen cybersecurity.
We also led the way on making sure that whistle blowers receive the protection they need in Europe.
It was the S&D Group that took the lead in revising digital copyright and fought for an approach that fairly balanced the many interests at stake: consumers, authors and performers, European culture and freedom of speech on the web.
Last but not least, we put an end to unjustified geo-blocking and other forms of discrimination based on e-consumers’ nationality or place of residence.