charter of fundamental rights
November 25, 2020 · Blogs | Information democracy | Freedom of expression online
Walking from Luxembourg to Brussels in two hours
A public hearing before the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last Tuesday, November 10, dealt with the compatibility of Article 17, more precisely the provisions of Article 17 that require platforms to block copyright infringements, with the Charter of Fundamental Rights.
July 8, 2020 · Blogs | Privacy and data protection | Privacy and confidentiality
Europol: Non-accountable cooperation with IT companies could go further
There is an ongoing mantra among law enforcement authorities in Europe according to which private companies are indispensable partners in the fight against “cyber-enabled” crimes as they are often in possession of personal data relevant for law enforcement operations. For that reason, police authorities increasingly attempt to lay hands on data held by companies – sometimes in disregard to the safeguards imposed by long-standing judicial cooperation mechanisms.
February 20, 2019 · Blogs | Privacy and data protection | Data protection standards
FRA and EDPS: Terrorist Content Regulation requires improvement for fundamental rights
On 12 February 2019, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published an Opinion regarding the Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online. In the same day, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) submitted its comments on the topic to the responsible committee in the European Parliament. These two texts complement EDRi’s […]
November 21, 2018 · Blogs | Information democracy | Freedom of expression online
The TERR Committee votes on its irreparable draft Report
The draft Report of the rather secretive work carried out by the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Terrorism (TERR) released in June 2018 raised major concerns, as previously reported in the EDRi-gram. On 13 November 2018, the members of the TERR Committee voted on the amendments to the draft.
May 17, 2017 · Blogs
ENDitorial: Commissioners’ oath – a broken promise on fundamental rights
On 3 May, 2010, the entire European Commission travelled to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Strasbourg to, for the first time in the history of the Union, take an oath that included a solemn declaration to “respect the Treaties and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in […]
March 8, 2017 · Blogs
Audiovisual Media Services Directive – is it good enough to be a law?
The worst examples of bigotry, ignorance, and hatred have appeared more visible in our public discourse in recent months and years. All reasonable people are appalled at willful ignorance and almost visceral hate. We need to take the necessary steps to fight ignorance and hatred. But we need to do so in a way that […]
October 5, 2016 · Blogs
CETA puts the protection of our privacy and personal data at risk
We are constantly sharing parts of our lives on the internet. We feel free to do this because we believe that we can still preserve some privacy and remain in control of what we share. Governments have a moral and legal duty to protect our privacy, prevent abuses and preserve a climate of trust. This […]
October 5, 2016 · Blogs
The curious tale of the French prime minister, PNR and peculiar patterns
On 8 September, Paolo Mengozzi, advocate general of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), indicated that the EU cannot ratify the draft EU-Canada Passenger Name Records (PNR) agreement because several of its provisions do not respect the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Representatives of civil society, including our organisations European Digital Rights and […]
July 12, 2016 · Blogs
Three steps to end freedom of expression
Our right to freedom of expression is laid out in law by the EU Treaties. To ensure democracy and accountability, this fundamental human right may not be restricted unless it is necessary, achieves an objective of general interest and the measure to restrict it is provided for by law.
January 13, 2016 · Blogs
EDRi’s first input to EU regulators on net neutrality guidelines
The Body of EU Telecoms Regulators known as “BEREC” has held its first round of discussions with stakeholders to exchange views on how BEREC should interpret the uncertainties created by the EU Regulation on net neutrality. These include questions surrounding traffic management measures and their transparency, Internet Access Services’ quality parameters, so-called “specialised services” and […]
December 15, 2015 · Blogs
Net neutrality – now it is the regulators’ turn to bring clarity
Our work on net neutrality is not over. Today, 15 December, the Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) Net Neutrality Expert Working Group is hearing civil society and consumer organisations’ views on how it should address the lack of clarity of the Regulation that was recently adopted on net neutrality. “BEREC has the opportunity […]
January 28, 2015 · Blogs
Spanish Citizens’ Security Bill: Many restrictions, few freedoms
In summer 2014, the EDRi-gram reported on the Spanish bill on the Protection of Citizens’ Security, shedding light on some of its most controversial measures. In December 2014, the Spanish Congress passed the Citizens’ Security bill by 181 votes to 141. Now, the bill will be discussed in the Senate until the end of March […]