EDRi-gram, 2 May 2024

Last week, the European Parliament was doing everything everywhere all at once in the run up to the final plenary before the June EU elections. Let’s run through some of the highlights. In a disappointing move that will endanger medical secrecy, the European Parliament passed the European Health Data Space (EHDS). This law will expose everyone’s medical records to unnecessary security and privacy risks in the name of research and “innovation”. The Parliament also took its final step on the much touted Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act last week. With the final version of the law full of loopholes and missed opportunties, we’re left to contend with how to keep advocating for the protection of peope’s rights and fight against biometric mass surveillance. We also directed our attention towards the European Commission’s concerning decision to allow unrestricted data flows to Israel. Together with Access Now and 11 other civil society groups, we wrote to the Commission to ask for clarity on this decision.

By EDRi · May 2, 2024



All Couriers and private hire drivers! Have you been dismissed after a failedfacial recognition check?

App drivers and couriers unit

Some private hire operators and courier companies are carrying out real-time identity checks using facial recognition software. This software is highly flawed and drivers are being unfairly suspended and dismissed after false failures on these checks. If you have been dismissed after falsely failing a facial recognition check then you may be able to start legal action. Fill the form (UK based)!



The value of privacy and data protection for sex workers

EDRi member, ESWA

Sex workers are especially vulnerable to increased data collection by various public and private bodies such as health and social services, online platforms and governments. In the face of this intensified data collection, sex workers’ privacy is being eroded, and the safety barriers and strategies they have developed are failing. Read more.




Disposable Workers in the Platform Economy

London School of Economics Research

“The ideal platform worker doesn’t have any needs,” says researcher Dalia Gebrial in this video which explains the Platform Economy, specifically work-on-demand via apps which includes platforms like Uber and Deliveroo. These platforms have radically changed the economic landscape, but how has platform technology impacted workers and how can we ensure they are protected? Watch the video to find out.




Between privacy and border control: Tech in the Migration Pact


On 10 April, the European Parliament voted to pass the expansion of EURODAC, a database to facilitate the registration & deportation of asylum seekers in the EU. These changes will transform EURODAC into a violent tool of mass surveillance and will mean that children as young as six years old will be subjected to these provisions. Listen to Caterina Rodelli from Access Now, part of the #ProtectNotSurveil coalition, explain why the EURODAC reform is terrible news for human rights. Also on the podcast is the rapporteur of the file, MEP Jorge Buxade Villalba. Listen to the podcast.