EDRi-gram, 26 June 2024

Summer seems to have finally arrived in Brussels, just in time for the heart of the EU to reel from the results of the European elections. Maybe having the sun will make it all bearable? Stay tuned as we test out this theory. We do have some positive news to share from the world of digital rights. Earlier this month, LinkedIn gave in to pressure from civil society and Digital Services Act (DSA) enforcers based on a complaint by EDRi and three partner organisations. The platform will no longer allow advertisers to target ads based on sensitive personal data from users. A big win for privacy! On a similar sunny note, EDRi and the Reclaim Your Face campaign were recently recognised as the Europe AI Policy Leader in Civil Society for our groundbreaking work advocating for a world free from biometric mass surveillance. Do you want to read more about the EDRi network’s impact on defending and advancing digital rights? Our 2023 Annual Report is out now for you to peruse!

By EDRi · June 26, 2024



Cover Your Track

EDRi member, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

How well do your browser and add-ons protect you against online tracking techniques? Find out with a Cover Your Tracks test. It shows you how trackers see your browser, and how uniquely configured—and thus identifiable—it is. In addition to a user tool, Cover Your Tracks is also an ongoing research project to uncover the tools and techniques of online trackers and test the efficacy of privacy add-ons. Find out more.



The Deadly Digital Frontiers at the Border

Petra Molnar for TIME

Petra, who we briefly had the pleasure of hosting as a Mozilla Fellow at EDRi in 2019-20, documents the tyranny of unregulated border technology globally. She urges for stronger laws to prevent human rights abuses at deadly digital frontiers around the world, and asks that the focus of our conversations around borders and migration shift to “the profound human stakes as smart borders emerge around the globe.” Read more.



Why more and more websites make you pay for your privacy

EDRi member, noyb

‘Pay or Okay’ systems are on the rise in Europe. These systems make users choose between either paying a fee or consenting to being tracked for targeted advertising. First introduced by news websites that were suffering from the loss of advertising revenue to big tech platforms, Meta adopted the approach for Instagram and Facebook in November 2023. Instead of asking users for their consent, the company is forcing them to either pay a fee of up to € 251.88 a year or agree to be tracked. Watch this video that explains what is at stake.



AI Safety with Shazeda Ahmed

Overthink Podcast

Philosophy professors talk to AI Safety specialist, Shazeda Ahmed, about the philosophy guiding the development and regulation of AI. Controversial utilitarian principles like Effective Altruism have taken the spotlight recently by touting the ‘existential’ risks of AI, while those who work on AI ethics and safety have raised concerns about real world harms. Moreover, which voices are still missing from this conversation? Listen to the podcast to mull over whether the discipline of philosophy can guide discussion about AI in the right direction.