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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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PRISM explains the wider lobbying issues surrounding EU data protection reform

10 June, 2013

The European Commission's Communication on Cloud Computing (pdf) forecasts a spend of 45 billion Euro on such services in the EU in 2020. The stakes are therefore huge for the countries and regions that can show themselves to be trustworthy for the processing of both personal and business data.

With no comprehensive federal privacy legislation and spying measures like the PATRIOT Act and FISAAA in place, the starting position of the US administration and industry is clearly very weak.

Viviane Reding dismantles UK's arguments against effective data protection

10 June, 2013

On 6 June 2013, European Commission Vice-President Vivane Reding responded to a letter sent to her two days earlier by Chris Grayling MP, UK Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. Her letter surgically dismantles the lobby-driven analysis of the data protection debate from the UK.

If we assume the earth is flat – how much does data protection cost?

28 May, 2013

First we had the US administration influencing the European Commission's drafting of privacy legislation, then we had the lobbying onslaught and the “lobbyplag” scandal. Now, we have absurd and misleading “studies” that make wild assumptions in order to come to outlandish conclusions regarding the “cost” of data protection. In the most recent example, the European Small Business Association launched a study on the alleged costs of the data protection reform at a breakfast (where, symbolically, no breakfast was served) in the European Parliament on 8 May.

Private Copying Levy: EDRi's analysis

28 May, 2013

The issue of the private copying levy that is imposed in some EU Member States has been discussed at EU level for years. So far, it has been impossible to find a solution. The debate is also part of the wider discussion on copyright and its adaptation to the digital age.

SIF Unconference: Enforcement through "self-"Regulation - who ever thought this was a good idea?

27 May, 2013

Last week, European Digital Rights attended the second annual Stockholm Internet Forum which focused on two main themes: Internet Freedom and Security and Internet Freedom and Development. A novelty this year were the Unconference sessions.

Neelie Kroes responds: Old mantras and political uncertainty for net neutrality in Europe

21 May, 2013

Last month, BEUC and EDRi sent a joint call for action to Vice-President Kroes in order to demand a stronger protection of network neutrality in Europe. We called on the Commission to put an end to the current experimentation by certain European access providers with blocking, filtering and throttling of services which are extremely harmful to both the economy and fundamental rights.

In her response dated 8 May, Neelie Kroes seems non-committal regarding the policy direction she will take in the upcoming recommendations. The extreme vagueness of the language may be an indication of heated internal discussions in the European Commission.

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