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