Digital Civil Rights in Europe

Press release by La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi), Working Group on Data Retention (AK Vorrat), and Netzpolitik.org, 2009-01-28: EU proposal puts confidential communications data at risk Civil liberties groups La Quadrature du Net, European Digital Rights (EDRi), AK Vorrat, and Netzpolitik.org are urging the European Parliament to heed advice given by the… » read more

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No to copyright extension

The European Parliament is being asked to nearly double the term of copyright afforded to sound recordings. Industry lobbyists suggest that extending copyright term will help increase the welfare of performers and session musicians. But the Term Extension Directive, which will be voted on by the Legal Affairs Committee in a few weeks’ time, will… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 7.1 While some European countries block the illegal content (mostly child pornography websites), other are considering implementing a similar measure through a hidden list. However the past month has shown, one more time if necessary, that usually the list of any blocked content will leak and thus the allegedly blocked content… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 7.1 The Privacy Office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released in the second part of December 2008 a report regarding the Passenger Name Record (PNR) information from the EU-US flights. Even though the official conclusion of the authors is that DHS handling of PNR data “is in compliance… » read more

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Published in EDRi-gram 6.19 On 7-8 October 2008 the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) held the first meeting of its Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP) in Vienna. Representatives from about 100 NGOs and other Fundamental Rights Organisations – EDRi amongst them – were invited to discuss and make suggestions on potential strategic objectives of… » read more

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Published in EDRi-gram 6.19 The Bergamo Criminal Court overrules the seizure, but establishes a case law that is a violation of civil rights. On 16 August 2008 ALCEI reported to the Italian Data Protection Authority the violations of law contained in the pre-emptive seizure order issued by the Justice for preliminary investigation of the Bergamo… » read more

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13-15 October 2008, Strasbourg, France EDRi is a partner of the PrivacyOS project – a thematic network for privacy protection infrastructure within the current European Commission´s ICT Policy Support Programme. The general objectives of PrivacyOS are to create a long-term collaboration in the thematic network and establish collective interfaces with other EU projects. Participants will… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 6.18 Following a very strong opposing movement, the decree allowing the creation of EDVIGE file has been abandoned by the French Government, but it will be replaced by a modified project called now EDVIRSP. On 1 July 2008, the French Government had announced a project creating a huge database, EDVIGE (Exploitation… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 6.18 ENDitorial: A stupid law and a perverse “criminal” sentence by Giancarlo Livraghi – EDRi-member ALCEI Italy “Censorship” was abolished and outlawed in Italy sixtytwo years ago. Freedom of the press and of personal opinion is not only established by the Constitution, but also deeply rooted in custom and in all… » read more

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Article published in EDRi-gram 6.18 70 international experts and e-activists met in Budapest on Friday 19 September to discuss EU-wide policies on data retention and to develop strategies for defending and enhancing privacy. Hosted by the Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS) at the Central European University in Budapest, the workshop “Data retention on… » read more

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