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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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Lobby groups take CTRL+V of data protection proposal

11 February, 2013

From Wired to the New York Times, every news platform has been reporting about the massive lobbying efforts against the data protection reform over the past few months. Vice-President of the EU Commission Viviane Reding has stated in the Telegraph that the proposed rules were subject to the most aggressive lobbying she has ever witnessed.

Fight back on data protection: Launch of European privacy campaign

5 February, 2013

Thirty six civil rights and data protection organsations have just launched the European campaign portal in support of better protection for European citizens' rights to privacy and data protection.

“This is our one opportunity to develop a strong legal framework, building trust and removing unnecessary red tape for business. We need a framework that is guided by clear, predictable legal principles and strong enforcement. Instead, we have an unprecedented wave of ill-informed, ill-advised and destructive corporate lobbying.

Consumer protection MEPs recommend bureaucracy and destruction of privacy rights

4 February, 2013

Following the recent vote, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) of the European Parliament has just published a final version of its “Opinion” (pdf) on the European Commission's proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation. The text was adopted with a small majority, underlining how controversial the dossier is.

While the Committee proposes leaving a few of the Commission's proposals untouched, the text shows the extent to which industry lobbying risks completely destroying the fundamental right to privacy and data protection.

CEO Coalition - the blind leading the bland

2 February, 2013

After a year of working group meetings, the “CEO Coalition to make the Internet a better place for kids” produces its final documents on 4 February. The outcome of the project is a set of voluntary guidelines divided into five broad headings, ranging from “reporting tools” to “notice and takedown,” It is intended that this will be followed up by a meeting, in about six months, between Commissioner Kroes and the CEOs of the companies responsible. The meeting is designed to put pressure on the CEOs to fully implement the “voluntary” measures.


29 January, 2013

This is hopefully going to be our last report on the EU-funded Clean IT project. Since our last article, which was the trigger for quite some negative feedback in the international press, much has changed in the drafting documents of the project. On Wednesday 30 January, the participants meet for a final conference in Brussels in order to approve a final report (pdf) containing a list of recommendations (and lots and lots of white space).


What happened so far? In 2010, But Klaasen, from Dutch law enforcement, submitted a project proposal to the European Commission.

US lobbying against the data protection reform intensifies

17 January, 2013

The United States authorities have produced another lobbying document to influence the European Union's decision making on European citizens' fundamental right to privacy and data protection.

Strangely, the document itself is not on headed paper and contains no authorship information. All of the lobbying documents produced so far have been in support of the positions taken by large US corporations and the adoption of US-style weak privacy protections in Europe.

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