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Our victories timeline
From inception to the 44 member strong network of grassroots digital rights activists that we have become today, here's a walk through our hall of fame.
Convincing top dogs
Thanks to EDRi's work the European Parliament's three Own Initiative Reports on the Digital Services Act have a strong fundamental rights focus and ask the EU Commission to propose ground-breaking regulation on things like content moderation rules, interoperability rights, and enforcement bodies.
Avia law declared unconstitutional
Thanks to EDRi members' joint advocacy efforts, France's Constitutional Court struck down the core of the French online hate speech law, which would have turned social media companies into an internet police and severely undermined people's freedom of expression.
Demanding better data protection across seas
Schrems II case wins EU Court of Justice case making the Privacy Shield invalid
Start of our work on AI, facial recognition and biometrics culminating in a series of blog posts on facial recognition and other biometric identification and surveillance technologies. The articles gained attention from NGOs, universities, media outlets and MEPs, demonstrating EDRi’s thought leadership on these emerging digital rights challenges.
The European Union Terrorist Content Online Regulation
The original proposal presented serious risks for fundamental rights online, specifically on privacy and freedom of expression. The proposal to impose upload filters to detect "terrorist content" and the incentives for companies to regulate speech online without redress mechanisms was criticized by UN Special Rapporteurs, the Council of Europe and the Fundamental Rights Agency. We co-organised, along with EDRi members Access Now and Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), an event in the European Parliament featuring Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. As a result of our work we succeeded in influencing the European Parliament Report to avoid the worst threats to freedom of expression.
#7 of Privacy Camp
The seventh annual Privacy Camp conference brought together over 230 representatives of civil society, policy-makers and academia to discuss existing and looming problems for human rights in the digital environment. In the face of a “shrinking civic space” for collective action, the event provided a platform to discuss and develop shared principles to address key challenges for digital rights and the freedoms of individuals.
Joint perspective on law enforcement data
The civil society coalition led with our member Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asking for inclusive participation of civil society in the Council of Europe’s negotiations on access to data by law enforcement in the context of criminal investigations, submitting substantive input for the negotiations, and presenting our perspective to more than 60 country representatives.
Ground breaking clauses
The ground-breaking clauses adopted by the European Commission upgrading data protection safeguards in trade agreements, building on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) success and following civil society pressure.
Saving your internet
Our major SaveYourInternet.eu campaign to act upload filters in the Copyright Directive which engaged supporters to send 150 000 emails, 15 000 tweets and hundreds of phone calls to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), and resonated in major national media. The campaign led to the rejection of the text by the European Parliament Plenary in the summer and to a renegotiation in committee. The text was eventually adopted in plenary later in the year.
Hip hip hurray!
EDRi celebrates its 15th anniversary
Pushing for ePrivacy
The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament votes to push a strong ePrivacy Regulation forward
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EDRi grows to 35 member organisations
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is adopted - EDRi played a key role in the civil society efforts leading up to this victory
EDRi grows to 31 member organisations
EU adopts a Regulation to safeguard Net neutrality which contains many of EDRi’s demands
The 300th edition of the EDRi-gram is published: Digital rights news from 2025
The European Parliament refers the EU-Canada air passenger surveillance measure (PNR) to the Court of Justice of the EU
EDRi successfully concludes the WePromise campaign that put digital rights on the agenda of the EU elections
The Court of Justice of the European Union declares the Data Retention Directive invalid
A strong vote
The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament holds a crucial vote to strengthen data protection rules
Happy Birthday to us!
EDRi celebrates its 10th anniversary with Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission
Setting standards since 2012
EDRi finalises it's work on the Advisory Board of the UNESCO study on global privacy standards
EDRi publishes secret documents of the Clean IT project that showed plans for large-scale, undemocratic surveillance of all communications
The EU Commission proposes a reform of the 1995 Data Protection Directive
European Parliament rejects the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)
Dialogue on download
EDRi participates in the EU’s Stakeholders' Dialogue on Illegal Up- and Downloading
The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament rejects mandatory EU-wide web blocking
It's all connected
EDRi participates in the High Level Expert Group of the EU Commission on the Internet of Things
Bigger and better
EDRi grows to 29 member organisations
And the winner is
EDRi organises the European Data Protection Award
New Media Expert
EDRi is accredited with an observer status to the Council of Europe Committee of experts on New Media
Home sweet home
EDRi Brussels office opens in Brussels, Belgium
Digital rights are fundamental rights
EDRi attends first meeting of the Fundamental Rights Platform alongside around 100 other NGOs in Vienna, Austria
EDRi signs the amicus curiae brief initiated by Arbeitskreis Vorratsdatenspeicherung to ask the EU Court of Justice to annul data retention
On the streets
EDRi members CCC, FIfF, FoeBuD and Netzwerk Neue Medien co-corganise the largest anti-surveillance street protest in Germany in 20 years
EDRi participates in the EU Commission’s RFID Expert Group
EDRi participates in the first global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Greece
EDRi grows to 25 members in 16 countries
We said, back off US
EDRi welcomes the annulment by the European Court of Justice of the EU-US agreement on the transfer of passenger name records (PNR)
The Data Retention Directive is adopted
Taking over the world
EDRi writes a special edition of the EDRi-gram live from the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
What the Hack
EDRi launches a broad campaign against the EU's Data Retention proposal at the "What The Hack" conference
EDRi launches a new website and logo
No data retention
EDRi and 90 civil rights organisations from across the globe sign a statement against the plans for mandatory data retention in the EU.
Back off US
EDRi signs a TACD resolution against the transfer of airline Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to US government agencies
EU adopts the contested Directive for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRED)
Big Brother is watching you
The Big Brother Awards are presented in 14 different countries
EDRi is formally registered as Belgian NGO
First EDRi-gram is published
EDRi is founded by ten civil rights groups from across Europe: Bits of Freedom (NL) Chaos Computer Club (DE) Digital Rights (DK), EFFi (FI), FIPR (UK), Fitug (DE), IRIS (FR), Privacy International (UK) Quintessenz (AT), VIBE!AT (AT)