Versión en Español.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: These pages about CLI (Commission for Liberties
and Informatics) in the website of ATI only include information about the first
period of CLI, that started in 1990 and ended in 1998, period in which CLI
worked as an umbrella organization that ATI was a founding member of.
On May 2003 the Asociación CLI was created and registered, in which ATI
does not participate. Contact data of Association CLI are as follows:
Asociación CLI (Comisión de Libertades e Informática)
Calle Ortega y Gasset, 77 - 2 A
E28006 Madrid, Spain
Phone: + 34 91 4023204 / 91 4028562
Fax: + 34 91 4028499
What is CLI?
The Comisión de Libertades e Informática (CLI --Commission
for Liberties and Informatics)-- is an independent and broad-based
coalition started in November '90 and officially constituted in April '91.
It was created as a response to the lack of legislation in Spain at the
time to prevent abuses against the rights of citizens, especially against
their right to privacy, through misuse of Information Technologies. Anecdotally,
Spain is one of the few countries in the world whose Constitution includes
an article that forbids the use of computers against people's rights (18.4:
"The law shall limit the use of data processing in order to guarantee the
honour and personal and family privacy of citizens and the full exercise
of their rights").
CLI's mission is to promote, in a permanent and regular fashion,
the development and protection of individual and collective rights, focusing
on the right to privacy, fighting misuse of Information Technologies, both
by Public Administrations and public and private companies, and to help
raise the awareness of the Spanish citizens about the importance of this
issue for progress in an increasingly technical democratic society.
As of October '95, CLI is composed by nine organizations, with a joint
membership of about 3,000,000 people. They cover a very wide spectrum of
social interest groups: associations of computer professionals, judges,
civil rights leagues, trade unions, consumers groups, direct marketing
companies, etc. Their names, listed in alphabetical order, are:
CLI is confederated with similar bodies created in some Spanish regions
such as Valencia, Basque Country, Catalonia, and Aragon.
AEMD (Asociacion Española de Marketing Directo - Spanish Association
of Direct Marketing Companies).
APDHE (Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos de España - Human Rights
Association of Spain).
ATI (Asociacion de Tecnicos de Informatica
- Association of Computer Professionals).
CC.OO. (Confederacion Sindical de Comisiones Obreras - Workers' Commissions
CECU (Confederacion Estatal de Consumidores y Usuarios - State Confederation
of Consumers and Users).
FRAVM (Federacion Regional de Asociaciones de Vecinos de Madrid - Regional
Federation of Neighbourhood Associations of Madrid).
Jueces para la Democracia - (Judges for Democracy).
UCE (Union de Consumidores de España - United Consumers of Spain).
UGT (Union General de Trabajadores - Workers' General Union).
CLI's Basic Principles
The task of promoting individual and collective rights will cover all the
fields of social life where these rights can be threatened or harmed by
improper usage of Information Technologies. All the actions and initiatives
required to achieve CLI's mission will be carried within the framework
of Spanish Constitution and the international laws, without invading domains
and functions held by existing Government Agencies.
CLI will keep itself independent from any public or private power.
CLI's membership is composed of collective entities that make part of civil
society and are engaged to achieve its mission and to abide by democratically
approved internal regulations.
CLI will establish cooperative relationships with similar bodies existing
in other countries, with special attention to Europe and Latin America.
CLI is open to incorporate any organizations whose objectives match CLI's
CLI is fully respectful of the autonomy of its member organizations.
CLI's Main Achievements
Contribution to increase the awareness of the Spanish citizens with regards
to their rights, fighting misuse of Information Technologies in cooperation
with the media.
Incorporation of significant changes to the text of the Personal
Data Law (aka LORTAD) (User's Manual, in Spanish, 72K).
Significant influence in the submissions sent to the Constitutional Court
by the Ombudsman and the People's Party against several articles of the
Data Protection Law (as of today, the Court has issued no sentence on the
submissions, that were sent in February 1993).
Promotion of CLI's in different Spanish regions; promotion of a model of
Regional Data Protection Law; improvement of the first of these laws, the
one approved by the Regional Parliament of Madrid in April 1995, which
incorporates most of the proposals set forward by CLI.
Fight against misuse of personal data both by Public Administrations and
private and public companies. To that end CLI has fluid working relationships
with the Agencia de Protección
de Datos (Data Protection Agency) and with the Oficina del Defensor
del Pueblo (Ombudsman's Office). Both organizations have
their headquarters in Madrid.
Relationships with similar public interest organizations all over the world,
such as Privacy International,
(Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility) and EPIC
(Electronic Privacy Information Center).
CLI is currently studying the European
Directive on Protection of Personal Data approved in July (English text,
62 K) to check for changes that might improve the Spanish Data Protection
Internet Resources on Freedom in Computer Technology
CPSR maintains a
list of public-interest organizations in this field which have an Internet
Addresses of Interest in Spain
Paseo de la Castellana 41,5 planta
Voice: (34-1) 308 4790 / 308 4779
Fax: (34-1) 308 4692
Oficina del Defensor del Pueblo (Ombudsman's Office)
Calle Eduardo Dato 31
E28010 - Madrid - Spain
Voice: (34-1) 319 5712 / 310 4989
Fax: (34-1) 308 4097
For more information about CLI, please contact:
CLI (Comisión de Libertades e Informática)
Calle José Ortega y Gasset, 77 - 2ºA
28006 Madrid, España
Voz + (34) 91 402 320412 / 91 4028562
Fax + (34) 91 402 8499
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Last updated: June 4, 2003