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Protecting the “right” of businesses to secretly make money out of your data

13 May, 2013
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The European Union's data protection package is supposed to achieve two key goals – the protection of citizens' fundamental right to data protection and privacy and to avoid barriers to trade in the European single market.

Reading some amendments proposed in the European Parliament, one might be forgiven for thinking that the purpose of the proposed legislation is to ensure the privacy of companies - permitting them to secretly make money out of citizens' data without any fear that citizens will find out about it.

Recommended Action

8 May, 2013
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: Mitmachen!


Don't let big businesses strip you of your privacy rights!
Take control of your data!
https://www.nakedcitizens.eu/

ENDitorial: Last Call for the W3C Do Not Track process

8 May, 2013
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: ENDitorial: Letzte Chance für die Do-Not-Track-Initiative des W3C


As we write this the W3C DNT working group is convening in Sunnyvale, California. This working group has been trying to come up with a mechanism to allow users to express their preferences regarding cross-context tracking of their web usage. This effort has been going on since September 2011 and with little result to show for it, despite various participants bending over backwards to meet the demands of the advertising platforms' apparent unlimited data hunger.

Danish phone company kept call records for more than 10 years

8 May, 2013
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According to a series of articles in the Danish edition of Computerworld on 6 May 2013, a Danish mobile phone provider has kept telephone call records since the company started its operations in 2000. The company, Telmore, currently has about 700 000 subscribers and a 10% market share in Denmark. Since 2004, Telmore has been a subsidiary of TDC, the largest Danish telecommunications company.

A 10-year retention period of telephone call records is a blatant violation of the Danish law that transposes the e-privacy directive 2002/58/EC.

Launch of Nakedcitizens.eu

8 May, 2013
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Deutsch: Privatsphäre-Kampagne Nakedcitizens.eu


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.

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

8 May, 2013
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EDRi is pleased to announce a Barcamp and Safari to address the imminent threats to privacy rights in the EU posed by many of the amendments to the Proposal for Data Protection Regulation currently before the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee of the European Parliament.

Facebook-funded “child protection” event turns into privacy bashing

24 April, 2013
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Deutsch: Facebooks „Kinderschutz“-Veranstaltung führt zur Demontage des Da...


On 11 April 2013, a conference on the global fight against online child sexual abuse content took place at the European Parliament. It was organised by the Internet Watch Foundation, with the support of Facebook.

25 April: Citizens stripped by EU Parliament proposals warns civil rights coalition

24 April, 2013
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The coalition warns that proposals in the EU Parliament could strip citizens of their privacy rights

A coalition of civil rights organizations is holding a press conference on 25 April at 11am to urgently draw attention to a report which shows the current danger to EU data protection. The coalition is worried that data protection will be effectively destroyed in Europe if the amendments identified in its report as particularly harmful were adopted by the European Parliament. In addition to the report, a “naked citizens’” campaign will be launched in major European capitals and a website made available to concerned citizens through which they can contact their MEPs.

Webstream: http://bambuser.com/channel/SP%C3%96-O%C3%96

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