EDRi-gram, 14 July 2021
Whilst EU laws say that each of us is innocent until proven guilty, the prevalence of biometric mass surveillance practices across Europe flips this on its head. Each of us is treated as suspicious until ‘proven’ innocent, by often discriminatory and persecutory deployments of systems that never should have been rolled out in the first place.
An Italian museum trials emotion recognition systems, despite the practice being heavily criticised by data protection authorities, scholars and civil society. The ShareArt system collects, among others, age,...
In their Joint Opinion on the AI Act, the EDPS and EDPB “call for [a] ban on [the] use of AI for automated recognition of human features in...
New EDRi report reveals depths of biometric mass surveillance in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland
In a new research report, EDRi reveals the shocking extent of unlawful biometric mass surveillance practices in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland which are taking over our public...
On 6 July, the European Parliament adopted in a final vote the derogation to the main piece of EU legislation protecting privacy, the ePrivacy Directive, to allow Big...
After the European Commission’s proposal for a Digital Services Act (DSA) in December 2020, no less than seven committees in the European Parliament are now drafting their reports...
Voice recognition technology often violates human rights, and it’s popping up more and more. Recently EDRi's member Access Now called out Spotify for developing voice recognition tech that...
EDRi's member epicenter.works protested in front of the A1 Telekom Austria Group’s building in June 2021 to raise awareness of the involvement of the partially state-owned company in...
Compared to the DSA and the DMA, the DGA has received relatively little attention, both from the digital rights community and, seemingly, from industry stakeholders. So far, the...
The District Court in Warsaw (Appellate Division) upheld its interim measures ruling from 2019 in which it temporarily prohibited Facebook from removing fan pages, run by the Polish...
EDRi's member Bits of Freedom cannot share this blog post with their supporters on Facebook. The reason for this: the word "QAnon" appears in it. This single word...
Recommended for the summer
The Rise and Rise of Biometric Mass Surveillance in the EU
The report shows that in Germany, the Netherlands, and Poland, biometric systems are increasingly being required for accessing public services, travel, shopping and other everyday activities. As a result, people are being given the false ‘choice’ to either submit their sensitive data, or be excluded from society.
In 2019, Mozilla collected countless stories from people whose lives were impacted by YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. People had been exposed to misinformation, developed unhealthy body images, and became trapped in bizarre rabbit holes. The more stories were read, the more it was realized how central YouTube has become to the lives of so many people — and just how much YouTube recommendations can impact their wellbeing.
We know what you did during lockdown.
We gave up our privacy to fight Covid-19, can we get it back? An FT film starring Lydia West and Arthur Darvill in collaboration with Sonia Friedman Productions and supported by Luminate. An interrogation scene explores how Covid-19 has exposed the tension between the need for data to track and trace, and the right to privacy and justice.
The #PaperBagSociety is a social media challenge part of the #ReclaimYourFace campaign that invites everyone to share online the impact of living life with a paperbag on the head. With it, we aim to raise awareness of how ridiculous is to avoid facial recognition technologies in public spaces and why we need to build an alternative future, free from biometric mass surveillance.
EDRi member, Citizen D
How to understand biometric surveillance technologies in the information society and how to establish relationships between privacy, security and technological progress? Where should the dividing line run and how should we discuss these challenges in the areas of regulation, industry and academia?
EDRi member, Access Now
RightsCon offers a platform for thousands of participants around the world to convene, connect, and contribute to a shared agenda for the future. This year a global community of business leaders, activists, technologists, policymakers, journalists, philanthropists, researchers, and artists explored opportunities to advance human rights in the digital age.
Keep your private life a secret!
How to safely surf online, recognise sponsored advertising, spot false information or phishing messages? How to manage your privacy settings on Facebook or Instagram, use strong passwords, react to account breaches or hacks? How to behave in case of inappropriate, mocking or even threatening messages on social networks, and if you are a victim of cyber-bullying? Test your knowledge about the protection of your personal data online!
Defend yourself against surveillance
EDRi member, Privacy International
People should be able to attend peaceful protests without the police using sophisticated surveillance tools to monitor, track and identify protestors indiscriminately. Unfortunately, police forces do increasingly use a wide range of surveillance capabilities at protests, like facial recognition tecnology, IMSI catchers and mobile phone data extraction tools. It means that by attending a protest, the police can potentially identify you, track you and monitor you.
EDRi's member Alternatif Bilişim hopes to come together with you around the following or other themes at the 5th New Media Studies National Congress, which will be held...
Various positions available at GFF.
EDRi is looking for volunteers who can support with occasional translations and proofreading of our content such as publications, tweets, press material, blogs etc. We are open to...