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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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PI and EDRI letter against data retention

London/Amsterdam, 26 September 2005

Privacy International, supported by European Digital Rights, has prepared an urgent letter to the members of the LIBE committee of the European Parliament. On 27 September they will have a renewed vote about data retention.

PI and EDRI urge all parties to reconfirm their initial rejection of the principle of systematic surveillance of all 450 million EU citizens and residents. The fact that meanwhile, the European Commission has launched a proposal for a directive does not free the Commission from the need to prove this measure is absolutely necessary in a democratic society.

In fact, on analysis of the proposal, PI and EDRI find that the Commission proposal is even more invasive and costly than the Council's proposed Framework Decision.


31 October, 2004


31 October, 2004
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