EDRi-gram, 20 March 2024

On March 13, following years of tireless advocacy, the EU Parliament finally passed the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act. But there’s not much to celebrate – the law missed the mark when it comes to protecting our human rights, especially those of migrants and people on the move. On the same day, the Parliament also passed the European Media Freedom Law (EMFA) which aims to protect journalists and media workers. Another legislation with lofty ambitions that did not live up to its goals. Despite the Brussels spyware scandal that shocked up in February 2024, EU’s approach to surveillance technology remains lackadaisical at best. What will finally convince them to take action?

By EDRi · March 20, 2024



Keep your data secure

Consumer Reports

Cut down on data collection and protect your sensitive personal information, health data, and geolocation. Answer a few simple questions to get customised recommendations from this security planner. Create your plan.



Web monitors say Gaza week-long internet outage is longest yet

Tech Crunch

People in Gaza are unable to call the 101 emergency line to get ambulances. In a Signal message, Doug Madory, Director of internet analysis at Kentik, told TechCrunch that this is the “longest internet blackout ever and longer than all of the previous blackouts combined” in Gaza. Read more.



Is TikTok safe? Algorithm investigation reveals the truth

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TikTok’s privacy-intrusive way of making money tracks everything you do on the platform to collect information about you. With this information, it tries to predict your interests, emotional state, and well-being, which in turn makes you addicted to the platform. Watch the video.



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