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Press release: EDRi and FREE urge European Parliament to bring an end to lawless surveillance

4 September, 2013
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Civil society groups European Digital Rights (EDRi) and the Fundamental Rights European Experts Group (FREE) have demanded an end to lawless spying on individuals around the globe. At a meeting with the Chair of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee today, the two groups handed over a document (pdf) containing detailed analysis of the current European and US legal frameworks. The document will be submitted to all relevant policy-making and governmental bodies.

In light of recent revelations, which have profoundly undermined trust in online communications tools, there is an urgent need for transparency, predictability and proportionality.

EU privacy watchdog still displeased with online behavioural advertising

7 September, 2011
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This article is also available in:
Deutsch: Verhaltensorientierte Online-Werbung: EU-Datenschützer weiterhin unzu...


In a letter sent to IAB Europe and European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA), Article 29 Working Party (WP) made some observations regarding the self-regulatory framework for online behavioural advertising.

The WP considers that the companies having signed the self-regulatory code may still be in breach of the EU laws in the use of cookies to track users' online behaviour for targeted advertising.

The self-regulatory code, established in April 2011 by IAB Europe and EASA, imposes the

EU countries to explain lack of implementation of the Telecoms Package

27 July, 2011
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Deutsch: EU-Staaten müssen sich für bisherige Nicht-Umsetzung der EU-Telekomm...


The European Commission has sent letters of formal notice requesting information from 20 EU countries regarding the reasons why they have not yet fully implemented the EU Telecoms Package.

The EU member states were supposed to produce national legislation that would implement, by 25 May 2011, the EU Telecoms Package, adopted late 2009, but only seven states have fully complied until now.

The Telecoms Package includes amendments to

Phorm case sends the UK to the European Court of Justice

6 October, 2010
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Deutsch: Vereinigtes Königreich kommt wegen Phorm vor den Europäischen Gerich...


The European Commission announced that it has referred the UK to the European Court of Justice for an improper implementation of EU data protection rules, following several complaints in the Phorm case.

The Commission received complaints from the UK citizens about Phorm that worked by checking out the web traffic between an ISP client and the sites it visits.

This form of behavioural advertising by ISPs (targeted advertising based on prior analysis of users' internet traffic) was reported by EDRi-member Open Rights Group and others NGOs to the UK Data Protection Authority - Information Co

Article 29 WP issues opinion on cookies in the new ePrivacy Directive

30 June, 2010
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Deutsch: Artikel 29 Datenschutzgruppe zu Cookies in der neuen ePrivacy-Richtlin...


The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party (WP) representing the European data protection authorities published on 24 June an opinion clarifying the application of the data protection rules in online behavioural advertising, with a focus on the new text of the ePrivacy Directive.

Article 29 Working Party believes that while online behavioural advertising may be beneficial for businesses and users alike, it still raises personal data protection and privacy issues.

Bits of Freedom starts campaign for data breach notification law

10 February, 2010
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Deutsch: Bits of Freedom startet Kampagne für Benachrichtigungspflicht bei Dat...


The Dutch digital rights organisation Bits of Freedom started a campaign for the introduction of a data breach notification law in The Netherlands.

A data breach notification obligation on telecom providers is already to be implemented on the basis of the ePrivacy Directive, but Bits of Freedom insisted that this obligation should be extended also to other corporations and organisations. It drafted an extensive position paper, including a concrete proposal for amending the Dutch Data Protection Act.

EDPS Seminar: Responding to data breaches

18 November, 2009
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Deutsch: Seminar des Europäischen Datenschutzbeauftragten: Reaktion auf Datenv...


On 23 October 2009 the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) organised a seminar on security breaches. The three sessions focussed on the prevention, the management and the reporting of data breaches.

Background of this seminar was the upcoming reform of the ePrivacy directive (2002/58), which requires telecommunication providers to inform on security breaches related to personal data.

The European Commission calls for online privacy protection measures

21 October, 2009
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Deutsch: Die Europäische Kommission fordert online-Schutzmaßnahmen für die P...
Macedonian: [Европската комисија апелира за мерки...

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