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  1. <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  2. <html newsdate="2016-04-11">
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  4. <head>
  5. <title>Joint Statement on the Radio Lockdown Directive</title>
  6. </head>
  7. <body>
  8. <h1>Joint Statement on the Radio Lockdown Directive</h1>
  9. <p>23 organisations including the Free Software Foundation
  10. Europe (FSFE) <a href="/activities/radiodirective/statement.html">joined up in
  11. proposing measures</a> to EU institutions and EU member states to avoid
  12. negative implications on users' rights and Free Software imposed by the EU
  13. Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU.</p>
  14. <p>The ‘<a href="/activities/radiodirective/radiodirective.html">Radio Lockdown
  15. Directive</a>’ that will be applicable in the EU since 13 June 2016 threatens
  16. software freedom, users' rights, fair competition, innovation, environment, and
  17. volunteering – without comparable benefits for security. It introduces
  18. disproportionate ‘essential requirement’ in the form of forcing device
  19. manufacturers to prove radio regulatory compliance for every possible software
  20. able to run on every product using the radio frequency spectrum. In practice,
  21. this means that in the future only particular software authorised by the
  22. manufacturers can be installed on any device connecting through wireless and
  23. mobile networks or GPS: e.g. routers, mobile phones, WiFi cards and the laptops
  24. they are built in, or almost all devices including network functionality.</p>
  25. <p>This requirement will lock users to hardware manufacturers, and will also
  26. disadvantage businesses based on Free Software or any other alternative
  27. software not installed by default by the manufacturer of the device. Thereby it
  28. will have negative implications on fair competition and freedom to conduct
  29. business. The requirement to assess every possible hardware and software
  30. combination to be compliant with the RED – which is envisaged to enhance
  31. security of radio devices – disables users and businesses to choose
  32. software whose security problems can be fixed by everybody without having to
  33. relay on the vendor.</p>
  34. <p>The FSFE and the other signatories, therefore, ask the EU institutions and
  35. the EU member states to safeguard rights of users and businesses to use and
  36. install Free Software and any other alternative third-party software on their
  37. devices; to avoid the lockdown of the devices to the software provided by the
  38. hardware manufacturer; and refrain from shifting the responsibility for the
  39. software's regulatory compliance from the users to the manufacturers when
  40. making changes to the default configuration. Software and hardware should not
  41. be treated differently in that respect. The EU Commission has been entitled to
  42. adopt delegated acts which can make these vitally needed adjustments.</p>
  43. <p>The joint statement on the Radio Lockdown Directive is <a href="/activities/radiodirective/statement.en.html#sig">open to more
  44. signatures</a>. Whether a user, a charity project, or a business, the Radio
  45. Lockdown Directive affects everyone. We ask other organisations and companies
  46. to support our statement and make sure that the Radio Lockdown Directive will
  47. not place blanket, unnecessary and disproportionate restrictions on the rights
  48. of consumers and businesses when implementing the Directive into national
  49. legislations.</p>
  50. <p>Please also read <a
  51. href="/activities/radiodirective/radiodirective.html">our detailed
  52. analysis</a>, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.</p>
  53. </body>
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  56. <tag key="radiodirective">Radio Lockdown Directive</tag>
  57. <tag key="policy">Policy</tag>
  58. <tag key="competition">Competition</tag>
  59. <tag key="europeanparliament">European Parliament</tag>
  60. <tag key="europeancommission">European Commission</tag>
  61. </tags>
  62. </html>