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European Digital Rights was founded in June 2002. Currently 35 privacy and civil rights organisations have EDRi membership. They are based or have offices in 21 different countries in Europe. Members of European Digital Rights have joined forces to defend civil rights in the information society. The need for cooperation among organisations active in Europe is increasing as more regulation regarding the internet, copyright and privacy is originating from European institutions, or from international institutions with strong impact in Europe.

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Data protection vote – one step forward, two big steps backwards

21 October, 2013

The European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee held a crucial vote this evening on the future of privacy and data protection in Europe.

We applaud Parliamentarians for supporting – and even improving - several important and valuable elements of the original Commission proposal.

Joint press release – Civil rights groups call on European Parliament to vote for strong data protection rules

17 October, 2013

On Monday 21 October, the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties will decide on the future of privacy and data protection in Europe. The recent revelations surrounding government surveillance involving some of the Internet's biggest companies have highlighted the urgency of an update of Europe's privacy rules.

The Regulation will have a major impact on the digital environment for citizens, businesses and public bodies. "The choice is between clear, harmonised, predictable and enforceable rules that will benefit European citizens and businesses or unclear, unpredictable rules that will benefit nobody except data monopolies and lawyers," said Joe McNamee, EDRi's Executive Director.

Act now: One minute to save your right to privacy

16 October, 2013

On 21 October, the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) will vote a an of huge importance to civil rights: The General Data Protection Regulation.

The purpose of this very long legislative proposal is to make sure that our rights to privacy and data protection can be effectively asserted in our everyday lives.

However, some Parliamentarians have been asking for weaker data protection. Some of the proposals might even kill our fundamental right to data protection and privacy!

You can contact your Members of the European Parliament now and tell them to assume their responsibility to stand up for our rights.

How much time do you have?

"Terms and Conditions may apply": A free screening of a must-see film on Thursday, 17 October

15 October, 2013

We're happy to announce a screening of Cullen Hoback's very timely documentary about the dangers of signing up to excessive and unpredictable license terms which undermine privacy and permit surveillance: "Terms and Conditions may apply".

The filmmaker tells a terrifying story and coherently argues that we need to reclaim control of our personal data. We wanted our policy makers to see the film before the most important vote on privacy and data protection in the European Parliament. It takes place on:

Thursday, 17 October
at 18h30
Room ASP A5E3
in the European Parliament

Hosted by MEP Josef Weidenholzer.

If you need a badge to access the European Parliament, please contact kirsten.fiedler(at) before Wednesday afternoon, 16 October at 2pm.

Download the poster (pdf).

Data protection series - issue sheets

10 October, 2013

On 21 October the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) will vote a hugely important dossier: The General Data Protection Regulation.

This very long legislative document is intended to ensure that our rights to privacy and data protection can be effectively asserted in our everyday lives. One of the main purposes of the Regulation is to give citizens greater control over their personal information - maintaining the principles that were developed in the 1995 Data Protection Directive. Recent revelations have shown just how important this is.

Open letter by 23 European organisations in support of Snowden's nomination for the Sakharov prize

9 October, 2013

Today, 23 European non-governmental organisations released an open letter to the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament in support of Edward Snowden's nomination for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2013.

Dear Presidents,

We write to you on behalf of 23 European non-governmental organisations protecting fundamental rights, including the freedom of expression and information, to lend our support to the selection of Edward Snowden for the Sakharov Prize.

Edward Snowden’s recent disclosures have triggered a necessary and long-overdue public debate in the United States and beyond about the acceptable boundaries of surveillance in a democratic state and about the legitimacy and proportionality of counter-terrorism intelligence activities. The revelations also have prompted debates in the European Union.

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