Online privacy is under attack from the EU with plans for national ID cards being used to log onto social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.
“This is another disturbing trend in the forward march to control our lives and erode our rights to privacy,” said MEP James Carver.
The Vice President of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market, former Communist Andrus Ansip, is behind the idea of using national ID cards to log in to online services.
He is from Estonia and is proud that their mandatory ‘national card serves as the digital access card for all of Estonia’s secure e-services.’
“It may well be great for Estonia but this whole one-size-fits-all mentality of the EU is just nonsense and demonstrates yet another reason for freeing ourselves from the European Union,” said Mr Carver, UKIP West Midlands Euro-MP.
“It is no secret that the EU has plans to roll out a continent-wide ID card, with a view to using the data to impose Europe-wide taxes, and an EU-wide minimum wage. All this just means handing more power to the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels and steam rolling over nationally elected parliaments.
“This intrusive EU interference in social media and the internet is nothing new. In 2013 the European Parliament spent almost £2 million on press monitoring and trawling Eurosceptic debates on the internet for “trolls” during euro-elections amid fears that hostility to the EU was growing.
“They believe that “institutional communicators must have the ability to monitor public conversation and sentiment on the ground and in real time, to understand trending topics and have the capacity to react quickly, in a targeted and relevant manner, to join in and influence the conversation, for example, by providing facts and figures to deconstructing myths’.”
“If that is not a worrying authoritarian trend I don’t know what is. The only way to stop this is to vote for Brexit on June 23,” said Mr Carver.