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<title>Joint Statement on the Radio Lockdown Directive</title>
<h1>Joint Statement on the Radio Lockdown Directive</h1>
<p newsteaser="yes">23 organisations including the Free Software Foundation
Europe (FSFE) <a href="/activities/radiodirective/statement.html">joined up in
proposing measures</a> to EU institutions and EU member states to avoid
negative implications on users' rights and Free Software imposed by the EU
Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU.</p>
<p>The <a href="/activities/radiodirective/radiodirective.html">Radio Lockdown
Directive</a> that will be applicable in the EU since 13 June 2016 threatens
software freedom, users' rights, fair competition, innovation, environment, and
volunteering without comparable benefits for security. It introduces
disproportionate essential requirement in the form of forcing device
manufacturers to prove radio regulatory compliance for every possible software
able to run on every product using the radio frequency spectrum. In practice,
this means that in the future only particular software authorised by the
manufacturers can be installed on any device connecting through wireless and
mobile networks or GPS: e.g. routers, mobile phones, WiFi cards and the laptops
they are built in, or almost all devices including network functionality.</p>
<p>This requirement will lock users to hardware manufacturers, and will also
disadvantage businesses based on Free Software or any other alternative
software not installed by default by the manufacturer of the device. Thereby it
will have negative implications on fair competition and freedom to conduct
business. The requirement to assess every possible hardware and software
combination to be compliant with the RED which is envisaged to enhance
security of radio devices disables users and businesses to choose
software whose security problems can be fixed by everybody without having to
relay on the vendor.</p>
<p>The FSFE and the other signatories, therefore, ask the EU institutions and
the EU member states to safeguard rights of users and businesses to use and
install Free Software and any other alternative third-party software on their
devices; to avoid the lockdown of the devices to the software provided by the
hardware manufacturer; and refrain from shifting the responsibility for the
software's regulatory compliance from the users to the manufacturers when
making changes to the default configuration. Software and hardware should not
be treated differently in that respect. The EU Commission has been entitled to
adopt delegated acts which can make these vitally needed adjustments.</p>
<p>The joint statement on the Radio Lockdown Directive is <a href="/activities/radiodirective/statement.en.html#sig">open to more
signatures</a>. Whether a user, a charity project, or a business, the Radio
Lockdown Directive affects everyone. We ask other organisations and companies
to support our statement and make sure that the Radio Lockdown Directive will
not place blanket, unnecessary and disproportionate restrictions on the rights
of consumers and businesses when implementing the Directive into national
<p>Please also read <a
href="/activities/radiodirective/radiodirective.html">our detailed
analysis</a>, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.</p>
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<tag key="radiodirective">Radio Lockdown Directive</tag>
<tag key="policy">Policy</tag>
<tag key="competition">Competition</tag>
<tag key="europeanparliament">European Parliament</tag>
<tag key="europeancommission">European Commission</tag>