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End of 5 year struggle against data retention

5 January, 2006

After 5 years of fighting against plans for mandatary data retention, EDRI is deeply disappointed that a majority in the European Parliament has adopted a law decreeing very broad and long retention of telephony and internet traffic data, with access granted for all sorts of undefined crimes. Please visit the special Campaign WIKI for all details and relevant documents.

Petition closed

27 November, 2005

The EDRI and XS4ALL petition against data retention is closed and has been offered to Jean Marie Cavada, the chairman of the Europarliament committee on civil liberties and Alexander Alvaro, the Europarl rapporteur on data retention.

The petition has attracted over 58.000 signatures, of which over 21.000 from the Netherlands (where the campaign was launched), almost 7.000 from Germany and almost 6.000 from Finland.

All previous EDRI-gram articles about data retention

Montreux Data Protection Commissioners Conference 2005

8 September, 2005

European Digital Rights is kindly inviting all interested people to attend a special public pre-event to the annual DPA conference in Montreux, Switzerland on 13 September 2005. EDRI, together with other NGO's defending digital civil rights, is organising two panels, on biometrics and on data retention.

Strategies for International Privacy Protection
=Issues, Actors, and Future cooperation=

Time and place: Tuesday 13 September 2005, 14:30-18:00, in the Montreux Conference Center, Grand-rue 95, CH-1820 Montreux, Switzerland

EDRI calls for restraint in extraordinary JHA Council

12 July, 2005

EDRI press release
Tuesday 12 July, 13.00 PM

European Digital Rights and Privacy International have sent an urgent letter today to the UK Presidency and the European Commissioners for Justice and Media to show restraint in tomorrow's extraordinary JHA Council. EDRI expects the UK Presidency to table a new urgent procedure for the proposal on telecommunication data retention, bypassing the European Commission and the European Parliament.

EP rejects data retention proposal

7 June, 2005

On 7 June 2005 the European Parliament has adopted the report of LIBE-rapporteur Alexander Alvaro with a large majority. The report finds the proposal for mandatory data retention disproportionate. The report also questions the necessity, effectiveness and high costs for industry and telecommunication users.
The JHA Council immediately explained to the MEPs that their advice will be ignored. The Council refuses to withdraw the draft framework decision and will continue to work on it.

Open Letter available in 4 languages

6 June, 2005

The Open Letter to the European Parliament on data retention from EDRI, Privacy International and Statewatch is now available in 4 languages.

The Open Letter in English

Lettre Ouverte Version Française

Offener Brief auf Deutsch

Carta abierta en Espanol

EDRI press release: call on EP to reject data retention

6 June, 2005

EDRI press release, Monday 6 June 2005

European Digital Rights (EDRI) has sent an open letter today to the European Parliament calling for a rejection of the European ministers of Justice and Home Affairs plan to keep all telephone and internet traffic data.

Tomorrow, the European Parliament will vote in plenary on a report by Parliament member Alexander Alvaro on the mandatory data retention plan. Alvaro's report concludes that the proposal is disproportionate. The report also questions the necessity, effectiveness and high costs for industry and telecommunication users. EDRI asks the members of Parliament to adopt Alvaro's report.

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