EDRi-gram, 3 November 2021

In this edition of the EDRi-gram, we share EDRi's guide to help Members of the European Parliament make strong human rights choices regarding the Digital Services Act amendments prior to the IMCO vote. We also share the unfortunate news of how Europol's unfettered and problematic data-driven model of policing has been given the green light, which will lead to serious risks of discrimination based on race, socio-economic status or class, and nationality.

By EDRi · November 3, 2021



Submit your panel proposal for #PrivacyCamp22


The 10th edition of Privacy Camp invites a forward-looking retrospective on the last decade of digital rights. Concretely, we will explore ideas that (1) put rights at the centre of digital policies, and (2) bring marginalised perspectives to the core of digital rights discussions. Read more about the call and submit your proposal here by 7 November 2021.


Biometric mass surveillance in EU Member States

Greens/EFA in the European Parliament

Private and public actors are increasingly deploying “smart surveillance” solutions including remote biometric identification (RBI) technologies which, if left unchecked, could become biometric mass surveillance. This report establishes a problematised overview of what is currently being done in Europe when it comes to RBI. Read the full report here.


Paypal makes your life easier unless you live in Palestine


PayPal, the world’s most recognised digital payment service, refuses to provide its services to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, it grants Israelis, including settlers residing in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, full access to its platform. It is time to hold PayPal accountable for its discriminatory policy in the occupied Palestinian territory. Watch #PaypalForPalestine’s video here.


Ambitious Impact for the Regulation of Artificial Intelligence

Netzpolitik podcast

The EU parliament just took a stance against #AI surveillance and its use by the police, but what does it mean in the bigger picture? EDRi Policy Advisors Sarah Chander and Ella Jakubowska give us the scoop on the Netzpolitik podcast. Listen to this episode on all things AI Act here.