EDRi-gram, 28 June 2023

Recent developments in crucial digital European Union regulations have raised many eyebrows as we see attempts to undermine human rights. 27 civil society organisations, including EDRi, stood against the use of people's sensitive information to target them with political messages online. 65 civil society and journalist associations also urged the Council of the European Union to ensure stronger safeguards to protect journalists in the European Media Freedom Act. In this edition, you can also read about how digital rights are a civic space issue and why privacy is not a crime.

By EDRi · June 28, 2023



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WeMove Europe

This petition is calling on lawmakers across the EU to uphold patients’ privacy and amend the draft European Health Data Space to give patients control over their personal health information. Sign the petition.




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The Markup

A spreadsheet on Microsoft’s ad platform website revealed a massive collection of “audience segments” used to target consumers based on highly specific, sometimes intimate information and inferences. Read the article.