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Published in EDRi-gram 8.18 Within the next ten weeks, the European Parliament will finish its crucial first reading of the Directive which, if the European Commission has its way, will impose an EU-wide blocking infrastructure – undermining child protection, fundamental rights and the EU’s voice on freedom and democracy in the world. The measure proposed… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 8.7 In a blog post, Commissioner Malmström’s press spokesman Love Berggren placed the blame for the perceived need to impose EU-wide blocking squarely at the feet of the governments in the USA, Russia and Ukraine. He said that “a check of the internet by hotlines in 35 countries recently found 144… » read more

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Information and communication technologies (telephone, Internet, emails, blogs and social networks) make daily life and relationships with our relatives, friends or even strangers easier. Young people and young adults make a particularly intense use of them. However, unless we are careful, they can lead us to hand over excessive amounts of our personal data, facilitating… » read more

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The German Constitutional court declared the data retention law as unconstitutional, in a landmark decision given today 2.03.2010. After data retention ruling: Civil liberties activists call for political end to retention of telecommunications data +++ Data retention opposed by 70% of German population +++ European Citizens’ Initiative for repealing the EU directive on data retention… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 8.3 On January 28 and 29, the Council of Europe held a consultation meeting on the launch of work on a new international instrument that would create neighbouring rights for broadcasting organisations. The purpose of this initiative is to take up the work of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) which,… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 8.3 The transposition of the Data Retention Directive in Belgium has remained stagnant for a long time. Following a public consultation in May 2008 on a first draft law proposal and draft royal decree to transpose this Directive into Belgian law, a broad group of organisations voiced a strong position against… » read more

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See now FAQ on Swift also in French, German, Italian and Finnish In German http://www.edri.org/files/SWIFT-FAQ_2010-02-10-DE.pdf In Italian http://www.edri.org/files/SWIFT-FAQ_2010-02-10-IT.pdf In French http://www.edri.org/files/SWIFT-FAQ_2010-02-10-FR.pdf In Finnish http://www.effi.org/uutiset/100209-swift-faq-sopimus.html After the Civil Liberties committee in the European Parliament (EP) rejected on 5 February 2010 the interim nine-month SWIFT deal between the EU and US, now it will be up to… » read more

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AEDH (European Association for the Defence of Human rights) and EDRI (European Digital Rights) launch the first edition of the European Civil Society Data Protection Award (ECSDPA). The prize aims at rewarding positive initiatives contributing to the visibility and effectiveness of right to privacy and to the protection of personal data in Europe. The ECSDPA… » read more

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(Please note that all notes from Live Blogging were taken live and might contain some errors) Last session from the Public Voice events – http://thepublicvoice.org/events/madrid09/ Presenting the declaration – Global Privacy Standards for a Global World, The Civil Society Declaration Madrid, Spain, 3 November 2009 Ms. Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner, Canada (Canada) Describing Canada’s situation.… » read more

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See the previous workshops coverage Moderator: Prof. Yves Poullet, Computing Research Centre, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (Belgium) Mr. Pedro Martinez, Fiscal, Madrid High Court (Spain) Data retention directive – scope to monitor citizens Implementation in spain – software SITEL – part of Interpol. Discussion on spanish issues regarding wiretapping and data retetion directive… » read more

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