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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.


EDRi facilitates direct democratic participation on CSA Regulation

By the end of 2023, EDRi and its partners mobilised over 200,000 people across the EU through a petition as well as over 130 civil society groups. As a culmination of these efforts, EDRi supported the travel of 23 volunteers from all over Europe in an action in the European Parliament, making a critical point about the grave consequences the proposed measures would have on people’s life experiences.

Mobilising civil society against the EURODAC reform

In December, EDRi mobilised over 100 organisations to call on EU policymakers to reject the ongoing reform of EURODAC, the EU database for the registration of asylum-seekers.

Raising journalists’ voices for a ban on spyware

In September, EDRi mobilised 500 journalists to show their support for a ban on spyware ahead of the European Parliament’s vote on the European Media Freedom Act.

EDRi stops mass surveillance attempts in CSA Regulation

In November 2023, the European Parliament adopted a position on the CSA Regulation that rejected the implementation of mandatory age verification, the weakening of encryption, and the surveillance of people's digital private lives without reasonable suspicion. This decision was the result of our collective and continuous efforts since the very beginning of the legislative process.

Civil society’s call for migrant rights’ protections in AI Act reaches the halls of power

In July, EDRi mobilised over 150 civil society organisations to call on the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the EU to put people and their fundamental rights first in the AI Act as EU institutions proceed to ‘trilogue’ negotiations.

Sweden fines Spotify for violating data protection rules

In June 2023, following a noyb complaint and litigation over inactivity, the Swedish Data Protection Authority (IMY) issued a fine of 58 million Swedish Crown (about €5 million) against Spotify.

Making people’s voice heard for a ban on biometric mass surveillance

In June 2023, thanks to our Europe-wide Reclaim Your Face campaign, we took the voice of over 250,000 supporters to the EU lawmakers to demand a ban on biometric mass surveillance and an AI Act that puts people before profits. Following this, the final European Parliament position upheld all of the fundamental rights demands of civil society that were pushed by our AI Act coalition.

Activists handling the signatures of over 250,000 people to MEPs for a ban on biometric mass surveillance

Ireland fines Meta for transferring European’s personal data to the US

In May 2023, after ten years of litigation against the Irish Data Protection Commission, EDRi member noyb achieved a milestone in their work on GDPR enforcement when the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) fined Meta €1.2 billion over EU-US data transfers.

Designing the programme of the decolonising the digital rights field process

In April, along with the Digital Freedoms Fund, EDRi concluded a two-year process of collective design with 30 participants from racial and social justice and digital rights organisations, hoping to address power dynamics in the field and imagine a vision for anti-colonial digital futures.

Group photo of participants in the demonising process

The EDRi network turns 20: Happy Birthday!

In March 2022, EDRi celebrated 20 years of impact and efforts to build a people-centered, democratic, digital society. We reflected on our journey thus far and envisioned EDRi’s role in fostering collaboration with other movements and leading positive change in the digital rights space.

EDRI 20th Anniversary party


10 years of Privacy Camp

EDRi celebrated 10 years of Privacy Camp, our annual flagship event where we connect civil society, academia, activists decision-makers across Europe on critical digital rights topics

Colour of Surveillance Conference Europe

In September 2022, together with Bits of Freedom, Controle Alt Delete and Digital Freedom Fund, we organised the “Colours of Surveillance Europe” Conference to raise awareness of the issue of racialised surveillance and criminalisation and build connections between those organising on these issues.

Join us for the livestream of Colour of Surveillance conference

The 'Future is Now' stories

To draw a positive alternative vision for our digital futures, EDRi produced four utopian sci-fi stories which peek at a future in which people, the planet and technology connect to build a people-centred, democratic society.

EDRi's efforts lead to the most important tech laws of the decade, DSA and DMA, successfully passing

EDRi-led efforts contributed to the most important tech laws of the decade, the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA) being successfully passed, empowering people to take back their power from online platforms. EDRi successfully advocated for an interoperability clause and surveillance ad restrictions in this law.

We put the harms of surveillance ads on lawmakers' agenda

EDRi’s efforts led to the European Commission commissioning a study on surveillance ads harms and regulatory approaches to apps like WhatsApp.

Serbian government revoked law that would have led to mass biometric surveillance

Share Foundation led the public pressure on the Serbian government that prevented the passing of a law that could allow for mass biometric surveillance using cameras in public spaces. The government revoked the draft law in late 2022, with several MEPs showing their support through an open letter.

Landmark ruling against surveillance in Germany

EDRi member Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF) successfully got a landmark ruling against the Bavarian Constitutional Protection Act BayVSG surveillance and in favour of human rights.

Dutch secret services' unlawful data retention practices defeated

Bits of Freedom’s complaint against the unlawful data retention concerning millions of people by the Dutch secret services was successful, triggering the binding capabilities of part of the oversight committee to order the deletion of the data.

A win for migrants' rights and data protection in the UK

As a result of EDRi member Privacy International’s intervention in the (HM and MA and KH) vs. Secretary of State for the Home Department case, the court found a violation of migrants’ rights and a breach of data protection laws. The case set better standards and protections in terms of the use of technology against migrants and might have an important contribution to the respect of fundamental human rights.

Portugese Constitutional Court sides with civil society against metadata retention

Following a complaint made by EDRi member D3 to the Ombudsman, the Constitutional Court in Portugal decided to declare the EU metadata retention law unconstitutional.

Google Analytics booted from public websites in Italy

EDRi member Hermes Center kicked out Google Analytics from public websites in Italy following the launch of their Monitora-PA project, which caused a massive decrease in the use of Google Analytics.

Data Protection Authorities decide against Google Analytics

EDRi member noyb’s 101 model complaints drove the Austrian, French, and Italian Data Protection Authorities to decide that the continuous use of Google Analytics violates the GDPR.

Civil societies complaints lead IAB Europe and ad tech companies into complying with the GDPR

Following complaints filed by EDRi member Panoptykon Foundation and a group of other civil society organisations coordinated by EDRi affiliate ICCL, IAB Europe and thousands of ad tech companies were obliged to delete unlawfully collected data and bring their system into compliance with the GDPR.

Key MEPs say yes to #ReclaimYourFace

In September 2022, as a result of EDRi’s “Reclaim Your Face” campaign impact, 24 key MEPs in the leading committees on the Artificial Intelligence Act in the European Parliament demanded a ban on Remote Biometric Identification.


#ReclaimYourFace in Italy

Major success for Italian partners of the Reclaim Your Face coalition, as the Italian Parliament introduces a moratorium on video surveillance systems that use facial recognition technologies.

Making invasive tech pay

Following EDRi’s member Privacy International’s submission to the UK data protection regulator, as well as other European regulators, the ICO announces its provisional intent to fine Clearview AI with over 17£ million.

An illustration showing a police officer looking at a biometric model of someone's face, with a businessman watching him.

Overwhelming support against facial recognition

EDRi’s Reclaim Your Face campaign’s demands are heard in Germany: the German government calls for a Europe-wide ban on public facial recognition and other biometric surveillance.

Taking our power back

EDRi launches the Platform Power campaign, aiming to create the conditions for a democratic, fair and open internet for a just society.

Win for Serbian human rights

The Reclaim Your Face coalition pressures Serbia’s government into withdrawing a proposed Biometric Surveillance Bill.

AI and policing shouldn’t mix

The European Parliament takes a bold stand against risky uses of AI such as biometric mass surveillance and predictive policing.

No more zero-rating

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rules that zero-rating, a widely used commercial practice which exempts certain online services from data caps of Internet Access Services, is illegal under EU law.

Interoperable COVID certificates

Thanks to the work of EDRi member, the European Parliament votes on an inter-institutional compromise text on the regulation(s) on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, preventing surveillance, protecting medical history, facilitating the accessibility of testing, ensuring interoperability and equal access to certificates.

A map of Europe and the "Covid 19" sign on it

Making Big Tech pay

EDRi member La Quadrature du Net rallies 10 000 people in a collective plaintiff against Amazon for GDPR violations, resulting in a record-breaking fine of 746 million euros.

Digital policy superheroes

EDRi’s Policy Advisors Sarah Chander & Ella Jakubowska are named amongst POLITICO’s 28 power players behind Europe’s tech revolution for their work on AI and biometric mass surveillance.

Case closed: mass surveillance officially violates rights to privacy in UK

An 8 year legal battle against UK mass surveillance facilitated by EDRi member Privacy International culminates in a victory for privacy, ruling that UK mass surveillance laws violate the rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

Another success for Reclaim Your Face, in Germany

After the timely intervention of EDRi member CCC (Chaos Computer Club), a project that aimed to enforce smart video surveillance systems in Karlushe, Germany, was dropped.

A building with a CCTV camera and the German flag on top, spying on protesters.

Top privacy regulators reject biometric mass surveillance

EU’s top privacy regulators - European Data Protection Board (EDPB) & European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) call for a ban on the use of AI for automated recognition of human features in publicly accessible spaces, and other uses of AI that can lead to unfair discrimination.

Video surveillance not welcome in Italy

EDRi’s Reclaim Your Face campaign reaches an important milestone: a member of the Italian Parliament, Filippo Sensi, proposes a moratorium on the use of video surveillance tools that use facial recognition.

Reclaim Your Face victory in Italy

The Italian Data Protection Authority (DPA) rejected the SARI Real Time facial recognition system acquired by the police that would implement a form of mass surveillance.

Biometric mass surveillance in Italy

The EDRi network grows

New organisations join the EDRi network: La Quadrature du Net, a defender of civil liberties in France since 2008, becomes a member. Wikimedia France and Open Future EU become EDRi affiliates.

Stopping data retention in Belgium

EDRi’s member Liga voor Mensenrechten influences The Belgian Constitutional Court to invalidate the country’s data retention provisions.

Digital interoperability is served

Launch of – the knowledge hub on digital interoperability in Europe, supported by a group of independent academics, computer scientists, economists and lawyers, as well as civil society organisations and European tech companies with an interest in advancing Europe’s tech sovereignty. logo

Raising the alarm on biometric mass surveillance

EDRi’s Reclaim Your Face campaign prompts another step in the right direction – the European Commission proposal for a Regulation on artificial intelligence (AI) highlights the dangers of using biometric mass surveillance (BMS) and proposes a new rule to prohibit its use by law enforcement authorities.

Advocating against abusive AI technologies

116 Members of the European Parliament support EDRi’s letter calling for red lines or limits on uses of AI that negatively affect people’s fundamental rights

Challenging state surveillance

EDRi member Privacy International wins their judicial review challenge to a 2016 decision by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT). As a result, the UK High Court decides that security and intelligence services can no longer rely on ‘general warrants’ to interfere with property, including computers.

Computer showing programming code

A clear no to the privatization of electronic identity

In Switzerland, the parliament has passed an E-ID that should be issued by corporations. EDRi's observer Digitale Gesellschaft Schweiz has launched a referendum against this law. The Swiss electorate rejected the E-ID law with a clear 64.4% No vote. Now the way is clear for a governmental electronic identity with good data protection.

A clear no to the privatization of electronic identity

Collective efforts to Reclaim Our Faces

EDRi, alongside a coalition of 40 human rights and social justice groups, launches a European Citizens’ Initiative as a part of the Reclaim Your Face campaign, with the aim of banning biometric mass surveillance and to advocate against harmful uses of AI-based technologies.

No snooping on people on the move

EDRi member Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte e.V successfully litigates against the surveillance of refugees’ mobile phone data by the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.

Standing against biometric data collection

As a result of EDRi member Chaos Computer Club (CCC) complaint, the Hamburg Data Authority deems Clearview AI’s biometric photo database, claimed to have over 3 billion images, illegal in the EU.

#PrivacyCamp22 goes online!

EDRi hosts the first online edition of Privacy Camp, gathering over 250 participants in 13 engaging and interactive sessions.


The 'Thousands of Cameras' Initiative

In December, the "Thousands of Cameras" (#hiljadekamera) initiative, led by EDRi's member SHARE Foundation, launched a crowdfunding campaign to continue the battle against biometric video surveillance in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. The goal was to reach 1.000.000 Serbian dinars (around 8.5000 Euros). The campaign was a success as 116% of the goal was collected from more than 300 citizens.

Considering the human rights impact of AI

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted recommendations by EDRi members: Access Now and the Wikimedia Foundation to consider the human rights impacts of algorithmic systems.

Influencing COVID-apps development: Checked

When the Dutch government announced the development of a contact tracing app to fight the Corona pandemic, EDRi's member Bits of Freedom launched a manifest with ten principles for protecting our freedoms and rights, our security and social cohesion. The Ministry of Public Health recognised the importance of these principles, and when the app was launched in September, many had been incorporated.

GFF to the rescue

For the first time ever, the German constitutional court recognised that the fundamental rights enshrined in the German constitution do apply when German agencies surveil non-Germans abroad. The law that EDRi member Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF) managed to have invalidated, authorised Germany’s secret agency Bundesnachrichtendienst BND to wiretap internet traffic globally – and to track certain people or organisations without cause. This law completely ignored the freedom of open and private communication and was therefore, amongst others, harmful to the work of journalists and activists abroad.

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.

Swiss Federal Court approves appeal against mass surveillance

Every Swiss resident is under surveillance by the Swiss secret service without cause or suspicion, via cable surveillance. The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has approved the appeal by EDRi's observer Digitale Gesellschaft Schweiz against this form of surveillance unrestrictedly. Now the Swiss Federal Administrative Court has to investigate if the 'system' of the radio and cable surveillance does indeed violate the fundamental rights of any individual affected and if – in order to ensure adequate protection of basic human rights - this practice may have to be terminated entirely.

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.

Can't get away with breaking the law

Research by EDRi's member Bits of Freedom revealed that none of the 36 'mission critical' systems of the police complies with the laws on privacy and information security. These are the systems for registering multiple offenders and vehicle registration numbers, recording reports and interrogations, exchanging information between agents, processing fingerprints, analyzing large mountains of sensitive data and many other functions. Bits of Freedom called on the data protection authority to enforce the law and the Ministry of Justice and Security to also pay attention to compliance in the upcoming review of the relevant laws.

Making contact-tracing apps better

EDRi member Chaos Computer Club (CCC) influenced the European debate and the German governments’ project implementation of Covid-19 contact-tracing apps to prioritise privacy by defining a set of privacy related requirements.

Strike against dangerous covid apps

EDRi member D3 launches a campaign focusing on the ineffectiveness and dangers of Portugal’s contact-tracing apps, turning the tide of public opinion and halting the launch of the app.

Challenging data-hungry companies

EDRi member Homo Digitalis’ reports on the non-transparent data processing activities of Palantir, a data processing company, with close ties to the Greek Government, uncovering digital rights breaches. The Hellenic DPA starts an investigation which leads to the termination of the contract.

Net Neutrality becomes a standard in Switzerland

After 7 years of advocacy and campaigning Net Neutrality is finally required by law in Switzerland.

Huge win for .ORG

EDRi member EFF advocates and campaigns to reject the sale of the Public Interest Registry, the organisation that oversees the .ORG domain name registry. This pressure convinces the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) into rejecting the sale, a huge victory for the public interest internet.

Enabling net neutrality in 5G

EDRi member uphelds EU’s net neutrality safeguards in the new 5G mobile network technology, a reform that moved the needle a little closer towards a free and open internet.

Privacy 1, Mass data retention 0

Following a lawsuit initiated by EDRi member Privacy International, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CEJU) rules that mass data retention and collection practices for national security purposes undertaken by member states must comply with EU law and always be subjected to privacy safeguards.

Transparency for institutions, privacy for the people

EDRi's member Xnet published its report on Institutionalised Abuses in Privacy and Data Protection and launched a campaign to stop the monopoly of GAFAM in Education. They successfully started a pilot of their prototype with the City Council of Barcelona.


Net Neutrality in danger

EDRi member, in cooperation with the Austrian Chamber of Labour, presented a study that inspected the websites of 225 mobile services over a period of 4 months, uncovering 186 Net Neutrality violations. These revelations were discussed by over 30 media in 15 countries.

Having an impact

EDRi member Metamorphosis Foundation was invited by North Macedonia‘s Ministry of Justice to nominate a member of the working group on the creation of the new Law on Personal Data Protection, consistent to the GDPR.

Link tax prevented

In a surprise move, the Swiss parliament passed an ancillary copyright for press publishers. The proposal was for a link tax that would be more severe than what the EU had decided. Two days after a big demonstration in Zurich, EDRi's observer Digitale Gesellschaft Schweiz was invited to the parliament, which subsequently stopped the link tax.

People protesting

Getting Big Tech to respect the law

EDRi's member SHARE Foundation called upon 20 companies from different parts of the world - including tech giants Facebook and Google - to appoint their data protection representatives in Serbia, as it was their obligation under the new Serbian Law on Personal Data Protection. Complaints to the Data Protection Commissioner were also filed as companies failed to appoint representatives. In May 2020, Google named its representative in Serbia, and as of April 2021, other major companies such as Netflix, Snap, Alibaba and Yandex also named their local representatives as a result of SHARE Foundation's initiative.

Keeping things in order

EDRi member Privacy International won a Supreme Court case in the UK ensuring that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal overseeing intelligence services is now subject to judicial review.

The Public Domain Safeguard

Wikimedia, together with Communia and Europeana, managed to include one of the few unambiguously positive provisions in the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive: the Public Domain Safeguard.

Guarding freedom of expression

EDRi 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 this work EDRi succeeded in influencing the European Parliament Report to avoid the worst threats to freedom of expression.

Net neutrality introduced in Switzerland

After a five-year campaign, the Swiss parliament has codified net neutrality into law. The law is based on a draft by EDRi's observer Digitale Gesellschaft Schweiz. Regulation is stricter than in the EU, as economic discrimination (zero-rating) is now also explicitly prohibited.

Artificial intelligence

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.


EDRi's member Xnet sold two editions of its book on disinformation - "#FakeYou: Governments, political parties, mass media, corporations, great fortunes: monopolies of information manipulation and threats to freedom of expression," and successfully crafted a law on it.


Bits of Freedom got it right

EDRi member Bits of Freedom formed a European coalition of organisations that helped residents make the most of their rights under the GDPR with the online tool My Data Done Right.

First small victory for Wikimedia

Wikimedia sued the NSA over surveillance and the court ruled that there is a “legal standing”.

Do It Yourself

EDRi's member Xnet discovered a new way for civil society to propose laws in the Spanish Parliament.

How to turn ‘Yes’ to a ‘No’

EDRi member Bits of Freedom won the dragnet surveillance bill referendum.

Chasing the wrongdoers

EDRi member noyb filed a complaint against Google in 2018 (the day the GDPR became applicable). This resulted in the French data protection authority (CNIL) issuing a record-breaking fine of 50 million euros against Google.

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.

#Participation and Democracy

EDRi's member Xnet held an interactive performance-conference which raised the question of public democratic participation, the current challenges and possible solutions.

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 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


Big ideas coming true

EDRi member Digitale Gesellschaft initiated the biggest ever German digital rights civil-society alliance against the Anti-Hate-Speech-Law (NetzDG).

Recognising digital rights work in Serbia

The Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection of Serbia honoured EDRi's member SHARE Foundation with a certificate of gratitude for the affirmation of the right to personal data protection.

Pushing for ePrivacy

The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament voted to push a strong ePrivacy Regulation forward.

Whistleblowers against corruption

EDRi's member Xnet launched in the Barcelona City Hall the first public Anti-Corruption Complaint Box using anonymity protection technology like Tor and GlobaLeaks. Later, it expanded this project, facilitating citizens to use tools that enable them to send information in a secure and privacy-guaranteeing way, by replicating it in other cities as well.

We have a vision and we act

EDRi led a global coalition of civil rights groups to ensure harmonisation of the Council of Europe’s new rules on cross-border access to e-evidence with the highest human rights standards. The Council of Europe welcomed EDRi’s suggestions on the new protocol.

Advocacy wins

EDRi member sucessfully campaigned against the ‘security package’ legislation introduced by the former Austrian government. In the course of seven months, 10 out of 12 proposed measures were abandoned.

The Digital Age: Technopolitics & Rights

EDRi's member Xnet established the postgraduate course "Tecnopolítica y Derechos en la Era Digital" which attracts many students from across Spain and beyond every two years. The course aims to form active actors in the new models of strategic action fostered by the information age.

Invite accepted!

EDRi became a founding member in the United Nations (UN) Dynamic Coalition on Digital Trade.

Pushing for ePrivacy

The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament votes to push a strong ePrivacy Regulation forward.

See something you like?

EDRi grows to 35 member organisations.


Superheroes for privacy

EDRi and its partners campaigned furiously, meeting repeatedly with the Council Presidency, Regulators, Member State representatives and key individuals in the Parliament. As a result of this work, the European Regulators group BEREC took the necessary steps to keep broadband networks open, accessible, reliable and affordable for everyone across the EU and set a global example.

Building success

EDRi member SHARE contributed to derailing a Draft Strategy on Intellectual Property 2016-2020 by the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.

It's showtime

EDRi's member Xnet organised the "Hazte banquero" show on how to fight corruption with digital tools which attracted an audience of 10,000 people in Spain.

A person watching a film projection

Showing leadership across Europe

EDRi’s Romanian member Association for technology and Internet (ApTI) led public debates regarding controversial proposals from the Romanian government and the Romanian Intelligence Agency (SRI) regarding the right to privacy. The public debates and actions led to four decisions in the past ten years by the Romanian Constitutional Court that agreed with the organisation’s position.

Scored a big one

#netneutrality was a huge success and was achieved throughout in Europe.

Privacy is a priority

The Czech Data Protection Authority (DPA) in April 2016 took action based on a complaint by EDRi member IURE, which ordered the destruction of about three million cards with the blood samples (meaning also DNA) of all newborns. These samples were collected and then unreasonably kept indefinitely in connection with the implementation of a predisposition test for some severe diseases since the 1980s.

The Verdict is WIN

EDRi member successfully achieved the invalidation of the Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC) by the CJEU in 2014, in a joined case with EDRi member Digital Rights Ireland.

Taking back control over our personal data

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


Copyright on the win

EDRi influenced the inclusion of some of its suggestions in the Parliament’s resolution on the copyright reform.

Data protection and privacy

EDRi greatly influenced the EU’s Data Protection Regulation (Article 11, Article 23, Article 32).

The anonymous box

EDRi's member Xnet opens a Globaleaks anonymous box to fight against corruption, help to solve several corruption cases and stars its advocacy work on whistleblowers.

Don’t Block, Don’t Filter

EDRi successfully campaigned for the deletion of passage records in Article 3 of the Net Neutrality Regulation, which foresaw the possibility for internet access providers to block and filter communications.

Safe Harbour? Maybe not!

The Court of Justice of the EU deemed the “SAFE Harbour’ agreement invalid which EDRI had been vocally advocating for.

Net neutrality

EU adopts a Regulation to safeguard Net neutrality which contains many of EDRi’s demands.

Crystal ball

The 300th edition of the EDRi-gram is published: Digital rights news from 2025.


Checked and Balanced

EDRi member SHARE Foundation wrote a legal and technical analysis of the proposal to amend the Gambling Law and called all relevant actors to join the fight against the proposed amendments. The Government of Serbia soon pulled the proposal from the parliamentary procedure.

Strengthening networks of solidarity

The Internet Ungovernance Forum was co-organised by EDRi member Alternative Informatics Association (Alternatif Bilişim) in Turkey.

Inspiring activism

EDRi facilitated direct citizen participation in the democratic processes of the EU. EDRi’s answering guide for citizens on and work with the Copyright 4 Creativity coalition lead to over 11,000 replies to the EU Commission’s copyright consultation.

The end of an era

EDRi's member Xnet leaked the most important files in Spain at the time ("Los Correos de Blesa").

What do you mean “biased”?

EDRi successfully persuaded the IP Observatory to abandon its biased report on copyright infringements in the digital world.

Saved the Internet

EDRi successfully campaigned for the adoption of crucial amendments by the European Parliament to ensure net neutrality protections.

Breaking the law

The European Court of Justice decided that the Data Retention Directive, an EU legislation on mass surveillance, contravenes European law, thanks to a case brought by EDRi-member Digital Rights Ireland and AK Vorrat Ireland.

Flying safe, keeping data safer

After a short and fierce campaign, EDRi achieved a major victory for civil liberties with regard to ongoing Passenger Name Record (PNR) initiatives.

We get the job done!

As a result of EDRi’s advocacy work and public campaigning, the draft text for voluntary blocking/filtering measures in the “Telecoms single market” proposal was removed by a majority the EU Parliament in April 2014.

Holiday surveillance

The European Parliament refers the EU-Canada air passenger surveillance measure (PNR) to the Court of Justice of the EU

We promise, we deliver

EDRi successfully concluded the WePromise campaign that put digital rights on the agenda of the EU elections.

Feeling invalidated

The Court of Justice of the European Union declares the Data Retention Directive invalid.


Brought it home!

The European Parliament called for a suspension of the SWIFT.