News & announcements
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.
The European Union's data protection package is supposed to achieve two key goals – the protection of citizens' fundamental right to data protection and privacy and to avoid barriers to trade in the European single market.
Reading some amendments proposed in the European Parliament, one might be forgiven for thinking that the purpose of the proposed legislation is to ensure the privacy of companies - permitting them to secretly make money out of citizens' data without any fear that citizens will find out about it.
EDRi Organises European Activist Barcamp and Safari on Threats to Citizens’ Privacy Rights (13-15 May)
EDRi is pleased to announce a Barcamp and Safari to address the imminent threats to privacy rights in the EU posed by many of the amendments to the Proposal for Data Protection Regulation currently before the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee of the European Parliament.
Civil rights groups urgently demand that Members of the European Parliament protect the privacy of their citizens.
The European Parliament is considering dangerous amendments to the Commission's proposals. These amendments would strip citizens of their privacy rights, according to a report (pdf) from a coalition of civil rights groups. The report bases its findings on the analysis of nearly 4000 proposed amendments currently discussed in the European Parliament. Since revisions to the EU legal framework on data protection were proposed, there has been an unprecedented level of lobbying by corporations and foreign governments.
"Without effective privacy protection, our personal lives are laid bare, to be used and abused by business and governments." says Joe McNamee of European Digital Rights and spokesperson of the coalition. "We urge Members of the European Parliament to put citizen's rights first and vote against these harmful proposals."
The coalition warns that proposals in the EU Parliament could strip citizens of their privacy rights
A coalition of civil rights organizations is holding a press conference on 25 April at 11am to urgently draw attention to a report which shows the current danger to EU data protection. The coalition is worried that data protection will be effectively destroyed in Europe if the amendments identified in its report as particularly harmful were adopted by the European Parliament. In addition to the report, a “naked citizens’” campaign will be launched in major European capitals and a website made available to concerned citizens through which they can contact their MEPs.
Today, more than 80 organisations, represented by The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and European Digital Rights (EDRi), sent a letter (pdf) to the European Commission demanding the end of dangerous experimentation with the functioning of the Internet in Europe and the protection of the principles of openness and neutrality.
"The Internet's unique value is openness. The experimentation by certain European access providers with blocking, filtering and throttling of services creates borders in an online world whose key value is the absence of borders." explains Joe McNamee, Executive Director of EDRi. "This reckless experimentation will continue unless the European Commission puts a stop to it."