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8 May, 2013

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Deutsch: Privatsphäre-Kampagne

On 25 April 2013, a coalition of international digital human rights groups launched a campaign to warn that current European Parliament proposals could strip citizens of their privacy rights. Unprecedented lobbying efforts, mainly led by corporations, have contributed to these developments.

The final vote in the Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE) of the European Parliament on the Data Protection Regulation was initially scheduled for the end of May, but has now been postponed a few weeks to take place before the summer break. Rapporteur MEP Albrecht commented that the Parliament needed “more time” to consider more than 4000 amendments.

In order to urge Parliamentarians to put their constituencies' rights first and vote against harmful proposals, the coalition launched a report listing the worst amendments, as well as a website, The web portal allows concerned citizens to send “naked” postcards to their representatives in the European Parliament.

On 13 May 2013, the coalition will also organise a privacy camp for activists in Brussels – if you are interested to participate, you can contact office (at)

Members of the coalition are European Digital Rights (representing 35 European organisations), Privacy International, Access, Digitale Gesellschaft, Bits of Freedom, Panoptykon, Open Rights Group and La Quadrature du Net.

Press release: Regulation set to strip citizens of their right privacy (25.04.2013)

International privacy organisations: Don't let corporations strip citizens of their right to privacy (25.04.2013)

Photos from the press event (25.04.2013)

Video from the press event (25.04.2013)

EU data protection vote delayed again (7.05.2013)

EDRi Organises European Activist Barcamp and Safari on Threats to Citizens’ Privacy Rights (13-15 May) (8.05.2013)

(Contribution by Kirsten Fiedler - EDRi)



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