An advance in the “balance” between security and privacy

Today on Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that the European Parliament has adopted what may be the first useful statement about the balance between security and privacy since Franklin:

“… stresses that the EU is rooted in the principle of freedom. Security, in support of freedom, must be pursued through the rule of law and subject to fundamental rights obligations. The balance between security and freedom is to be seen in that perspective”

Thanks to Ralf Bendrath and @privacyint for pointing it out.

Links: An area of freedom, security and justice serving the citizen – Stockholm programme
Luigi Berlinguer
, and Ammendment 70: 23.11.2009 B7-0155/70 (or html)