EDRi-gram, 6 April 2022

In this edition of the EDRi-gram, we look at what the facial recognition company Clearview AI is doing with our faces in the Ukrainian war and how we can put stop the private company from exploiting the war. We also urge the French Council Presidency to follow through on its promise to ensure that a final deal on the DSA prohibits the use of sensitive data, including the drawing of inferences about a person’s sensitive characteristics, to display advertisements.

By EDRi · April 6, 2022



Protecting defenders online: Recommendations to counter the threats women human rights defenders face

Access Now, United States and European Union Trade and Technology Council

If internet platforms and companies don’t start playing a more active role in defending women’s human rights online, the digital world will morph into an unsafe space for human rights defenders everywhere. Gender-based violence did not start with the invention of the internet, but in the online world tactics of abuse flourish if not properly prevented. Watch now to find out more about the threats women human rights defenders face online. 


Liberties report shows a worrisome decline in media freedom across Europe


Growing political pressure, high concentration of ownership, smears and abusive lawsuits against journalists, lack of oversight on public service media: Liberties has collected evidence to see why media freedom is in decline in Europe. Read the report to learn more about the current state of the press across the European Union.


Pledge against Clearview’s dodgy data partnerships

EDRi member Privacy International

The facial recognition company Clearview AI is in the spotlight again, after a pitch deck they’ve been sharing with investors was leaked to the Washington Post. The slide deck included a list of potential commercial business partners that included dating apps, ride hailing apps, even a baby sitting company. . You have the power to push these companies to act by asking them to take Privacy International’s pledge and shut down these partnerships before they’ve even begun. Do it now, ask companies to take the pledge!


Rise of the high-tech border industry


From the external borders of the EU to the US-Mexico border, “smart border” solutions, developed by private companies for states, are being used to surveil and control people on the move. EDRi’s Senior Policy Advisor Sarah Chander highlights that even though the EU appears to be aware of the harms algorithmic surveillance inflicts upon people, it only attempts to protect EU citizens, but not people on the move. Listen now.