22 Nov 2019

ePrivacy: EU Member States push crucial reform on privacy norms close to a dead end

By EDRi

Today, on 22 November 2019, the Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council of the European Union (COREPER) has rejected the Council’s position on a draft ePrivacy Regulation.

“In this era of disinformation and privacy scandals, refusing to ensure strong privacy protections in the ePrivacy Regulation is a step backwards for the EU,” said Diego Naranjo, Head of Policy at European Digital Rights (EDRi). “By first watering down the text and now halting the ePrivacy Regulation, the Council takes a stance to protect the interests of online tracking advertisers and to ensure the dominance of big tech. We hope the European Commission will stand on the side of citizens by defending the proposal and asking the Council to ensure a strong revised text soon in 2020.”

“The ePrivacy Regulation aims to strengthen users’ right to privacy and create protective measures against online tracking. Instead, EU states turned it into a surveillance toolkit,” said Estelle Massé, Senior Policy Analyst at EDRi member’s Access Now. “Today’s rejection should not be a signal that the reform cannot happen. Instead, it should be a signal that states must go back to the negotiating table and deliver what was promised to EU citizens: stronger privacy protections.”

In January 2017, the European Commission launched its proposal for a new ePrivacy Regulation, aiming at complementing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to protect the right to privacy and to the confidentiality of communications. An update to the outdated 2002 ePrivacy Directive is sorely needed – in today’s world where technology is intertwined in our everyday life, a strong regulation is crucial to protect us against the negative impacts of “surveillance capitalism”, to safeguard the functioning of our democracies, and to put people as the core element of the internet. The European Parliament took a strong stance towards the proposal when it adopted its position in October 2017. For over two years, the Council halted the proposal from advancing, presenting suggestions that lowered the fundamental rights protections that were proposed by the Commission and strengthened by the Parliament.

Today, the Council has voted to reject its own text. This leaves the door open for current practices that endanger citizens’ rights to continue happening. Now it is up to the Commission to either withdraw the entire proposal and leave citizens unprotected, or to the Council to prepare a new text that can get enough support to allow moving forward with the proposal. To meet the aims set for the ePrivacy Regulation, the new text should ensure privacy by design and by default, protect communications in transit and when stored, ban tracking walls, prevent backdoors to scan private communications without a court order and avoid secondary processing of communications data without consent.

Read more:

e-Privacy revision: Document pool
https://edri.org/eprivacy-directive-document-pool/

EU states vote on ePrivacy reform: We were promised more privacy. Instead, we are getting a surveillance toolkit. (22.11.2019)
https://www.accessnow.org/eu-states-vote-on-eprivacy-reform-we-were-promised-more-privacy-instead-we-are-getting-a-surveillance-toolkit/

EU Council considers undermining ePrivacy (25.07.2018)
https://edri.org/eu-council-considers-undermining-eprivacy/

Five reasons to be concerned about the Council ePrivacy draft (26.09.2018)
https://edri.org/five-reasons-to-be-concerned-about-the-council-eprivacy-draft/

Open letter to EU Member States: Deliver ePrivacy now! (10.10.2019)
https://edri.org/open-letter-to-eu-member-states-deliver-eprivacy-now/

The most recent European Council ePrivacy text (15.11.2019)
https://www.politico.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/file.pdf

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20 Nov 2019

Dance. Enjoy. Share. With Care.

By Ella Jakubowska
  • Anyone using cloud services should be aware of what the “cloud” is, what it is not, and how it can affect our privacy and security.
  • Our information stored in “clouds” can be protected if the EU says “Yes!” to a strong ePrivacy Regulation, greater enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and drops the “e-evidence” proposals.

Storing our information in “clouds” gives us access to funny photos of our dogs at the touch of a button, lets us back-up our mobile phones so that we don’t lose our crush’s number forever if we drop our phone down the toilet (oops!), and the cloud also gives us the means to binge-watch that addictive TV show that everyone is talking about. It can even amplify computing capacity, giving doctors the power to treat rare diseases more effectively. Many of these things were unimaginable just ten years ago – but today, we carry this incredible power in the palm of our hands.

It is important that cloud users have the knowledge and control to upload data to cloud services safely, securely, and in an enjoyable way. Your personal data should be protected online, including when you upload it to and store it in the cloud. One of the fundamental aims of 2018’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), after all, was to protect the personal data of all citizens in the EU, and to set a globally-leading standard for personal data protection.

The not-so-fluffy cloud

Yet, while the word “cloud” sounds soft and fluffy, the truth is that there is no such thing as “the cloud” or “your cloud”. People outsource the storage of data from their own device to the internet servers of a private company. In reality, these servers are “the cloud” and company they belong to most often profits from gathering more and more data. In some cases, uploaded data will be subject to only very weak data protections. And with the proposed ePrivacy text – a vital complement to GDPR – still stuck at the European Council after over two and a half years, anyone using the internet in the EU is left vulnerable and inadequately protected.

EU laws can keep it together

This is where stronger EU legislation is needed. Under the European Parliament’s ePrivacy text, a wide range of online rights will be protected. This includes the storage, transit and encryption of online communications, which would help to protect users when their communications data is backed up to the cloud. Personal data, other than communications data, is already protected by the GDPR. This is important because, as recent cases in Germany have shown, unlawful data breaches of minors’ data are already happening in Microsoft’s cloud services.

This is also an issue in the context of the so-called “e-evidence” debate on proposed legislation for law enforcement to access European citizens’ data across borders, straight from service providers. The legislation would allow police forces from other EU countries to directly access the private information that you have stored on the cloud: without a judicial warrant, without you or your own government knowing that this is happening, and even without you being a suspect. Under this proposal, cloud providers have very little opportunity to refuse requests to hand over cloud data, and crucial human rights accountability measures and due process mechanisms are completely missing. E-evidence legislation therefore poses a huge threat to the security and privacy of data that is stored on a cloud.

The cloud can give you flexibility, convenience and peace of mind – but it is important to know where your data is going, and who might have access to it. The cloud is no longer a source of reassurance and convenience if a private company (or a hacker) can misuse funny videos of you and your friends, personal messages with your parents about a health condition, or an intimate browser history that contains information about your sexual activities. In order to protect the information of millions of European citizens, the EU must adopt ePrivacy, enforce GDPR and drop the e-evidence proposals.

Remember, data protection is cool – and knowing your rights pays off!

Click to watch the animation

Read more:

Your family is none of their business (23.07.2019)
https://edri.org/your-family-is-none-of-their-business/

Real-time bidding: The auction for your attention (04.07.2019)
https://edri.org/real-time-bidding-the-auction-for-your-attention/

Video: Dance. Enjoy. Share. With care.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5N_lrtOkW3g

Right a wrong: ePrivacy now! (09.10.2019)
https://edri.org/right-a-wrong-eprivacy-now/

“E-evidence”: Repairing the unrepairable (14.11.2019)
https://edri.org/e-evidence-repairing-the-unrepairable/

(Contribution by Ella Jakubowska, EDRi intern)

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20 Nov 2019

ePrivacy hangs in the balance, but it’s not over yet…

By Ella Jakubowska

Unless you have been living under a rock (read: outside the “Brussels bubble”) you will likely be aware of the long and winding road on which the proposed ePrivacy Regulation has been for the last three years. This is not unusual for a piece of European Union (EU) legislation – the 2018 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a great example of the painful, imperfect, but ultimately fruitful processes that EU law goes through, in this case in a marathon spanning almost 25 years! Even now, Data Protection Authority (DPA) fines, litigation and regulatory reviews are testing the benefits and boundaries of GDPR, helping to shape it progressively into an even more effective piece of legislation.

Let us rewind to January 2017, when the European Commission delivered its long-awaited proposal for a Regulation on Privacy and Electronic Communications, also known as “ePrivacy”. In October of the same year, the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) proposed a comprehensive series of improvements to the text in order to better protect fundamental rights. This included enhanced confidentiality of communications and privacy as a central foundation of online product and service design. We welcomed these amendments for their respect for and promotion of digital rights.

Unfortunately, the European Council has since seriously watered down the draft text, introducing worrying limits to the safeguards that ePrivacy offers for personal data and communications. In response to the worsening protections – and the negotiations lingering like a bad smell – EDRi, Access Now, Privacy International, and two other civil society organisations co-authored an open letter to the EU members states on 10 October 2019, urging them to swiftly adopt a strong ePrivacy Regulation. Yet the most recent European Council text has still not improved in any aspect. Concerningly, its introductory remarks use the emotive age-old arguments of child protection and terrorism to justify some vague “processing of communications data for preventing other serious crimes”. We believe this represents a slippery slope of surveillance and intrusion, and undermines the fundamental purpose of ePrivacy: protecting our fundamental right to privacy and confidentiality of communications.

The political stage of the file is now coming to a close after almost three painful years of back and forth. The imminent fate of the Council’s proposal will be decided on 22 November 2019 at the COREPER level. If the Member States vote to adopt the Council text, the file will move forward to the trilogue stage, where the States will be able to engage in technical discussions about the shape of the legislation. If the Member States vote to reject the Council text, however, all options – including the complete withdrawal of the ePrivacy proposal by the European Commission – will be on the table.

Despite these challenges, ePrivacy remains an essential piece of legislation for safeguarding fundamental rights in the online environment. Complementing the GDPR, a strong ePrivacy text can still protect the privacy of individuals, ensure mechanisms for meaningful consent, and establish rules on the role of each Member State’s Data Protection Authority (DPA) as their supervisory authority. It will embed privacy by design and default, making the internet a more secure space for everyone.

To quote an infamous political figure, we will not “die in a ditch” over ePrivacy. Whatever the outcome of the COREPER vote, we will continue to work tirelessly to secure the right to online privacy across Europe. So get your popcorn ready, stay tuned for the next episode in this epic saga, and be prepared in the event of some last minute plot-twists!

The History of the General Data Protection Regulation
https://edps.europa.eu/data-protection/data-protection/legislation/history-general-data-protection-regulation_en

e-Privacy revision: Document pool
https://edri.org/eprivacy-directive-document-pool/

EU Council considers undermining ePrivacy (25.07.2018)
https://edri.org/eu-council-considers-undermining-eprivacy/

Five reasons to be concerned about the Council ePrivacy draft (26.09.2018)
https://edri.org/five-reasons-to-be-concerned-about-the-council-eprivacy-draft/

Open letter to EU Member States: Deliver ePrivacy now! (10.10.2019)
https://edri.org/open-letter-to-eu-member-states-deliver-eprivacy-now/

The most recent European Council ePrivacy text (15.11.2019)
https://www.politico.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/file.pdf

(Contribution by Ella Jakubowska, EDRi intern)

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10 Oct 2019

Open letter to EU Member States: Deliver ePrivacy now!

By EDRi

On 11 October 2019, EDRi, together with four other civil society organisations, sent an open letter to EU Member States, to urge to conclude the negotiations on the ePrivacy Regulation. The letter highlights the urgent need for a strong ePrivacy Regulation in order to tackle the problems created by the commercial surveillance business models, and expresses the deep concerns by the fact that the Member States, represented in the Council of the European Union, still have not made decisive progress, more than two and a half years since the Commission presented the proposal.

You can read the letter here (pdf) and below:

Open letter to EU Member States
11.10.2019

Dear Minister,

We, the undersigned organisations, urge you to swiftly reach an agreement in the Council of the European Union on the draft ePrivacy Regulation.

We are deeply concerned by the fact that, more than two and a half years since the Commission presented the proposal, the Council still has not made decisive progress. Meanwhile, one after another, privacy scandals are hitting the front pages, from issues around the exploitation of data in the political context, such as “Cambridge Analytica”, to the sharing of sensitive health data. In 2019, for example, an EDRi/CookieBot report demonstrated how EU governments unknowingly allow the ad tech industry to monitor citizens across public sector websites.1 An investigation by Privacy International revealed how popular websites about depression in France, Germany and the UK share user data with advertisers, data brokers and large tech companies, while some depression test websites leak answers and test results to third parties.2

A strong ePrivacy Regulation is necessary to tackle the problems created by the commercial surveillance business models. Those business models, which are built on tracking and cashing in on people’s most intimate moments, have taken over the internet and create incentives to promote disinformation, manipulation and illegal content.

What Europe gains with a strong ePrivacy Regulation

The reform of the current ePrivacy Directive is essential to strengthen – not weaken – individuals’ fundamental rights to privacy and confidentiality of communications.3 It is necessary to make current rules fit for the digital age.4 In addition, a strong and clear ePrivacy Regulation would push Europe’s global leadership in the creation of a healthy digital environment, providing strong protections for citizens, their fundamental rights and our societal values. All this is key for the EU to regain its digital sovereignty, one of the goals set out by Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen in her political guidelines.5

Far from being an obstacle to the development of new technologies and services, the ePrivacy Regulation is necessary to ensure a level playing field and legal certainty for market operators.6 It is an opportunity for businesses7 to innovate and invest in new, privacy-friendly, business models.

What Europe loses without a strong ePrivacy Regulation

Without the ePrivacy Regulation, Europe will continue living with an outdated Directive which is not being properly enforced8 and the completion of our legal framework initiated with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will not be achieved. Without a strong Regulation, surveillance-driven business models will be able to cement their dominant positions9 and continue posing serious risks to our democratic processes.10 11 The EU also risks losing the position as global standard-setter and digital champion that it earned though the adoption of the GDPR.

As a result, people’s trust in internet services will continue to fall. According to the Special Eurobarometer Survey of June 2019 the majority of users believe that they only have partial control over the information they provide online, with 62% of them being concerned about it.

The ePrivacy Regulation is urgently needed

We expect the EU to protect people’s fundamental rights and interests against practices that undermine the security and confidentiality of their online communications and intrude in their private lives.

As you meet today to discuss the next steps of the reform, we urge you to finally reach an agreement to conclude the negotiations and deliver an upgraded and improved ePrivacy Regulation for individuals and businesses. We stand ready to support your work.

Yours sincerely,

AccessNow
The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)
European Digital Rights (EDRi)
Privacy International
Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI)

1 https://www.cookiebot.com/media/1121/cookiebot-report-2019-medium-size.pdf
2
https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3194/privacy-international-study-shows-your-mental-health-sale
3
https://edpb.europa.eu/our-work-tools/our-documents/outros/statement-32019-eprivacy-regulation_en
4
https://www.beuc.eu/publications/beuc-x-2017-090_eprivacy-factsheet.pdf
5
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/sites/beta-political/files/political-guidelines-next-commission_en.pdf
6
https://edpb.europa.eu/our-work-tools/our-documents/outros/statement-32019-eprivacy-regulation_en
7 https://www.beuc.eu/publications/beuc-x-2018-108-eprivacy-reform-joint-letter-consumer-organisations-ngos-internet_companies.pdf
8
https://edri.org/cjeu-cookies-consent-or-be-tracked-not-an-option/
9
http://fortune.com/2017/04/26/google-facebook-digital-ads/
10
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/04/google-democracy-truth-internet-search-facebook
11
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy

Read more:

Open letter to EU Member States on ePrivacy (11.10.2019)
https://edri.org/files/eprivacy/ePrivacy_NGO_letter_20191011.pdf

Right a wrong: ePrivacy now! (09.10.2019)
https://edri.org/right-a-wrong-eprivacy-now/

Civil society calls Council to adopt ePrivacy now (05.12.2018)
https://edri.org/civil-society-calls-council-to-adopt-eprivacy-now/

ePrivacy reform: Open letter to EU member states (27.03.2018)
https://edri.org/eprivacy-reform-open-letter-to-eu-member-states/

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09 Oct 2019

Right a wrong: ePrivacy now!

By Ella Jakubowska

When the European Commission proposed to replace the outdated and improperly enforced 2002 ePrivacy Directive with a new ePrivacy Regulation in January 2017, it marked a cautiously hopeful moment for digital rights advocates across Europe. With the backdrop of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adopted in May 2018, Europe took a giant leap ahead for the protection of personal data. Yet by failing to adopt the only piece of legislation protecting the right to privacy and to the confidentiality of communications, the Council of the European Union seems to have prioritised private interests over the fundamental rights, securities and freedoms of citizens that would be protected by a strong ePrivacy Regulation.

This is not an abstract problem; commercial surveillance models – where businesses exploit user data as a key part of their business activity – pose a serious threat to our freedom to express ourselves without fear. This model relies on profiling, essentially putting people into the boxes in which the platforms believe they belong – which is a very slippery slope towards discrimination. And when children increasingly make up a large proportion of internet users, the risks become even more stark: their online actions could impact their access to opportunities in the future. Furthermore, these models are set up to profit from the mass sharing of content, and so platforms are perversely incentivised to promote sensationalist posts that could harm democracy (for example political disinformation).

The rise of highly personalised adverts (”microtargeting”) means that online platforms increasingly control and limit the parameters of the world that you see online, based on their biased and potentially discriminatory assumptions about who you are. And as for that online quiz about depression that you took? Well, that might not be as private as you thought.

It is high time that the Council of the European Union takes note of the risks to citizens caused by the current black hole where ePrivacy legislation should be. Amongst the doom and gloom, there are reasons to be optimistic. If delivered in its strongest form, an improved ePrivacy Regulation helps to complement the GDPR; will ensure compliance with essential principles such as privacy by design and by default; will tackle the perversive model of online tracking and the disinformation it creates; and it will give power back to citizens over their private life and interests. We urge the Council to swiftly update and adopt a strong, citizen-centered ePrivacy Regulation.

e-Privacy revision: Document pool
https://edri.org/eprivacy-directive-document-pool/

ePrivacy: Private data retention through the back door (22.05.2019)
https://edri.org/eprivacy-private-data-retention-through-the-back-door/

Captured states – e-Privacy Regulation victim of a “lobby onslaught” (23.05.2019)
https://edri.org/coe-eprivacy-regulation-victim-of-lobby-onslaught/

NGOs urge Austrian Council Presidency to finalise e-Privacy reform (07.11.2018)
https://edri.org/ngos-open-letter-austrian-council-presidency-eprivacy/

e-Privacy: What happened and what happens next (29.11.2017)
https://edri.org/e-privacy-what-happened-and-what-happens-next/

(Contribution by Ella Jakubowska, EDRi intern)

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09 Oct 2019

Why weak encryption is everybody’s problem

By Ella Jakubowska

Representatives of the UK Home Department, US Attorney General, US Homeland Security and Australian Home Affairs have joined forces to issue an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg. In their letter of 4 October, they urge Facebook to halt plans for end-to-end (aka strong) encryption across Facebook’s messaging platforms, unless such plans include “a means for lawful access to the content of communications”. In other words, the signatories are requesting what security experts call a “backdoor” for law enforcement to circumvent legitimate encryption methods in order to access private communications.

The myth of weak encryption as safe

Whilst the US, UK and Australia are adamant that their position enhances the safety of citizens, there are many reasons to be skeptical of this. The open letter uses emotive language to emphasise the risk of “child sexual exploitation, terrorism and extortion” that the signatories claim is associated with strong encryption, but fails to give a balanced assessment which includes the risks to privacy, democracy and most business transactions of weak encryption. By positioning weak encryption as a “safety” measure, the US, UK and Australia imply (or even explicitly state) that supporters of strong encryption are supporting crime.

Government-led attacks on everybody’s digital safety aren’t new. Since the 1990s, the US has tried to prevent the export of strong encryption and—when that failed—worked on forcing software companies to build backdoors for the government. Those attempts were called the first “Cryptowars”.

In reality, however, arguing that encryption mostly helps criminals is like saying that vehicles should be banned and all knives blunt because both have been used by criminals and terrorists. Such reasoning ignores that in the huge majority of cases strong encryption greatly enhances people’s safety. From enabling secure online banking, to keeping citizens’ messages private, internet users and companies rely on strong encryption every single day. It is the foundation of trusted, secure digital infrastructure. Weak encryption, on the other hand, is like locking the front door of your home, only to leave the back one open. Police may be able to enter more easily – but so too can criminals.

Strong encryption is vital for protecting civil rights

The position outlined by the US, UK and Australia is fundamentally misleading. Undermining encryption harms innocent citizens. Encryption already protects some of the most vulnerable people worldwide – journalists, environmental activists, human rights defenders, and many more. State interception of private communications is frequently not benign: government hacking can and does lead to egregious violations of fundamental rights.

For many digital rights groups, this debate is the ultimate groundhog day, and valuable effort is expended year after year on challenging the false dichotomy of “privacy versus security”. Even the European Commission has struggled to sort fact from fear-mongering.

However, it is worth remembering that Facebook’s announcement to encrypt some user content is so far just that: an announcement. The advertisement company’s approach to privacy is a supreme example of surveillance capitalism: protecting some users when it is favourable for their PR, and exploiting user data when there is a financial incentive to do so. To best protect citizens’ rights, we need a concerted effort between policy-makers and civil society to enact laws and build better technology so that neither our governments nor social media platforms can exploit us and our personal data.

The bottom line

Facebook must refuse to build anything that could constitute a backdoor into their messaging platforms. Otherwise, Facebook is handing the US, UK and Australian governments a surveillance-shaped skeleton key that puts Facebook users at risk worldwide. And once that door is unlocked, there will be no way to control who will enter.

EDRi Position paper on encryption: High-grade encryption is essential for our economy and our democratic freedoms (25.01.2015)
https://www.edri.org/files/20160125-edri-crypto-position-paper.pdf

Encryption – debunking the myths (03.05.2017)
https://www.edri.org/files/20160125-edri-crypto-position-paper.pdf

Encryption Workarounds: a digital rights perspective (12.09.2017)
https://edri.org/files/encryption/workarounds_edriposition_20170912.pdf

(Contribution by Ella Jakubowska, EDRi intern)

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22 May 2019

ePrivacy: Private data retention through the back door

By Digitalcourage

Blanket data retention has been prohibited in several court decisions by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the German Federal Constitutional Court (BVerfG). In spite of this, some of the EU Member States want to reintroduce it for the use by law enforcement authorities – through a back door in the ePrivacy Regulation.

The ePrivacy Regulation

The ePrivacy Regulation, which is currently under negotiation, is aimed at ensuring privacy and confidentiality of communications in the electronic communications, by complementing and particularising the matters covered in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Confidentiality of communications is currently covered by the ePrivacy Directive dating back to 2002. A review of this piece of legislation is long overdue, but Member States keep delaying the process and therefore not updating necessary protections for online privacy in the EU.

Ever since 2017, the EU Ministers of Justice and Interior have been “deliberating” the Tele2 verdict by the European Court of Justice. The Court had declared the blanket retention of telecommunications metadata inadmissible. Yet the EU Member States are unwilling to accept this ruling. During an informal discussion in Valetta on 26 and 27 January 2017, the Justice and Interior Ministers expressed their wish for “a common reflection process at EU level on data retention in light of the recent judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union” (Ref. EU Council 6713/17) to implement EU-wide data retention. This process was set in motion in March 2019 by the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. A sub-group of the Council’s Working Party on Information Exchange and Data Protection (DAPIX) was put in charge. From the very beginning, this reflection process has mainly served the purpose of finding opportunities to implement yet another instance of data retention on the EU level. This has been proven by documents published by EDRi member Statewatch.

Instead of complying with the clear rulings by the European Court of Justice (Tele 2 and Digital Rights Ireland), the responsible ministers are doing everything they can to “resurrect” data retention, potentially using ePrivacy as a basis for a new era of data retention. In a working document (WK 11127/17), the Presidency of the EU Council in 2017 concluded in addition to a specific data retention legislation it would be desirable to also collect citizens’ communications data (metadata) in ePrivacy to avoid so companies can use it for commercial purposes. The logic behind being, probably, to circumvent CJEU case law by not imposing an obligation on companies but having the data available when law enforcement needs it thanks to ePrivacy.

Private data retention

In plain words, this means: If the courts will not allow mass data retention, service providers will simply be given incentives to do so by their own choice. That is why the ePrivacy Regulation is being watered down by Member States in order to give the service providers manifold permissions to store data for a wide variety of reasons (see Article 6 of the draft ePrivacy Regulation). Those responsible are relying on the assumption that the providers’ appetite for data will be sufficient even without an explicit obligation to retain data.

The immediate problem with this type of private data retention is the fact that it weakens the protection of all users’ personal data against data hungry corporations whose main interest is making profit. What’s even worse is that, once again, a governmental function is being outsourced to private corporations. These corporations are not subject to democratic scrutiny, and they are given ever more power over the countries concerned.

In Germany, the hurdles for criminal investigators to get access to data are already very low. The e-mail provider Posteo, for example, had to pay a fine because they were unable to provide the criminal investigators the IP addresses from which a certain e-mail account had been accessed. Posteo simply hadn’t stored those data; they were erased as soon as they were received. The Court declared the fine to be justified. This decision could easily lead to a situation where private companies prefer to err on the side of caution and store even more data, just to avoid such fines.

The draft ePrivacy Regulation as proposed by the European Commission in 2017 placed relatively strict duties on service providers regarding data protection. For example, they were obliged to either erase or anonymise all data that was no longer needed. This is diametrically opposed to the goal of private data retention, and the DAPIX task force noticed it, too. As the Presidency of the EU Council statedservice providers will be given the freedom to use and store data in order to prevent “fraudulent use or abuse”. And these data could then be picked up by law enforcement doing criminal investigation.

No data retention through the back door!

EDRi member Digitalcourage wanted to know how the German government argued with respect to the data retention issue, and submitted a request for the disclosure of documents related to it. Unfortunately, the request was largely denied by the Council of the European Union, long after the legal deadline was missed. The secretariat declared that a disclosure would be a threat to public safety – the risk to the relationship of trust between the Member States and Eurojust, the EU agency dealing with judicial co-operation in criminal matters among agencies of the Member States, would be too severe. Furthermore, such a disclosure would threaten ongoing criminal investigation or judicial procedures. No further details were given. Digitalcourage lodged an appeal against this dismissal, but in addition to being asked for patience, they haven’t received an answer from the European Commission. Several requests pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act have also been submitted to German ministries.

It is unbelievable to imagine policy makers contemplating existing and potential new surveillance laws that would clearly be illegal. However, this is exacly what the DAPIX task force is doing, and they are doing it behind closed doors. The changes they propose can be found in the current draft ePrivacy Regulation. Digitalcourage will continue to request documents from the EU and the German government. As soon as the trilogue negotiations between EU Council, Commission and Parliament begin, the concerns will be voiced our concerns and a demand: No data retention through the back door!

This article was first published at https://digitalcourage.de/blog/2019/eprivacy-private-data-retention-through-the-back-door

Digitalcourage
https://digitalcourage.de/en

ePrivacy: Private data retention through the back door (in German, 18.04.2019)
https://digitalcourage.de/blog/2019/eprivacy-private-vorratsdatenspeicherung-durch-hintertuer

(Contribution by EDRi member Digitalcourage, Germany)

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19 Feb 2019

EDRi’s Press Review 2018

By EDRi

During the past year, our work to defend citizens’ rights and freedoms online has gained an impressive visibility – we counted more than three hundred mentions! – in European and international media. Below, you can find our press review 2018.

JANUARY

01/01 EU i linedans mellem desinformation og censur (Mandag Morgen)
10/01 Does Software Piracy Hurt Sales? The $431,000 Buried EU Study Says ‘No’ (PC Steps)
16/01 O francês Macron poderá vencer a guerra contra as fake news? (Veja)
19/01 El RGDP: nueva normativa europea a partir de 2018 (1&1Digital Guide )
20/01 GDPR: Harmonization or Fragmentation? Applicable Law Problems in EU Data Protection Law (Berkley Technology Law Journal)
22/01 Šmírování zuby nehty (České noviny)
22/01 Kampf gegen Hate SpeechDie EU setzt weiterhin auf Freiwilligkeit (Deutschlandfunk)
23/01 Youtube scannt “hunderte Jahre” Videomaterial am Tag (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
31/01 Net neutrality in Europe: will the US case change the way our telecom suppliers provide internet services? (EU Logos)


FEBRUARY

03/02 Neutralité du net : “Certains voudraient faire d’internet un nouveau minitel” (Sciences et Avenir)
09/02 Commission lobbies for police access to website owners list (Euractiv)
12/02 Logan Paul: Following the YouTube controversy, should social media have the same regulations as journalism? (Independent)
13/02 EU-Kommission will Plattformen die Löschung von illegalen Inhalten ohne Netz und doppeltem Boden empfehlen (Netzpolitik.org)
13/02 Tutto quello che Tinder sa di te. Da leggere prima di San Valentino (Cyber Security)
13/02 Bruxelles passe à la vitesse supérieure contre les contenus illégaux en ligne (document) (Contexte)
14/02 Auf Facebook kommt in Europa eine Lawine an Verfahren zu (Radio fm4)
14/02 Germany: Flawed Social Media Law (No Comment Diary)
14/02 EU adds pressure on online platforms with plan for fast removal of terrorist content (EURACTIV)
14/02 L’UE durcit le ton sur les contenus à caractère terroriste en ligne (EURACTIV.fr)
14/02 Germany: Flawed Social Media Law (World Justice News)
14/02 Dating online, Garante Ue Buttarelli ‘L’uso dei nostri dati non è chiaro’ (Privacy Italia)
15/02 Netizen Report: In Leaked Docs, European Commission Says Internet Companies Should Self-Regulate on Harmful Speech (Slate)
15/02 Commission suggestions for speeding up removal of illegal online content in keeping with the voluntary approach (Agence Europe)
15/02 Europa will mehr löschen lassen (Spiegel)
15/02 EU-Kommission: Nutzer können gegen Facebook & Co in ihrem Herkunftsland klagen (HeiseOnline)
15/02 Leak: Online-Plattformen sollen illegale Inhalte innerhalb einer Stunde löschen (EurActive)
16/02 Tweets of the Week: Dutch minister resigns, Boris Johnson’s credibility, and Bad Valentines (EURACTIV)
16/02 De la neutralité du net à celle des terminaux (Le Monde)
18/02 «Echaríamos a todo gobierno que nos pidiera los datos que le damos a Facebook» (El Correo)
18/02 Terror als Vorwand der EU-Kommission für Copyrightfilter (Radio fm4)
17/02 Netzpolitischer Wochenrückblick KW7: Daten minimieren mal anders (Netzpolitik)
19/02 Keine Ent­schä­d­i­gungs­re­ge­lung für Ato­m­aus­s­tieg / BVerwG prüft Fahr­ver­bote / Deniz Yücel frei (Legal Tribune Online)
20/15 Rapport Netizen: Selon un document fuité de la Commission européenne, les entreprises de technologie devraient s’auto-réguler sur les discours offensants (Global Voices)
22/02 Une messagerie sécurisée, privée et chiffrée ? Voici Mailfence ! (GeekHebdo)
23/02 Explained: what the EU’s major new data protection rules mean for you (EuroNews)
23/02 The Rise of the Namibian Surveillance State: Part 2 (The Namibian)


MARCH

01/03 EU Commission’s Recommendation: Let’s put internet giants in charge of censoring Europe (EUbusiness.com)
01/03 EU gives Facebook and Google three months to tackle extremist content (The Guardian)
01/03 EU piles pressure on internet giants to remove extremist content (The Jerusalem Post)
02/03 /EU Tells Internet Firms to Delete Terrorist Content Within One Hour (PCMag)
07/03 General Data Protection Regulation: new laws from 2018 (1&1 Digital Guide)
08/03 Es duro ver a España en la misma lista que Turquía al hablar de respeto los derechos digitales y la privacidad (Publication)
08/03 Council of Europe takes world-leading step towards protecting online rights (EUbusiness.com)
08/03 EU ‘Recommends’ 1 Hour Takedown on Terrorist Content (Find VPN)
09/03 #failoftheweek: Es lebe das Flugtaxi / Die neuesten Tricks der Tracker / Dillon zu Gast im Studio / Interview mit den Young Fathers / Auf ARD-Alpha startet “Respekt” (1:05:30) (Radio Bayern 2)
15/03 EU Pushes More Censorship… To “Protect” You (Zero Hedge)
13/03 ‘Insidious’ and ‘Dangerous’: Digital Privacy Groups Issue Urgent Warning Over CLOUD Act (Common Dreams)
20/30 CLOUD Act Could Repeal Fourth Amendment Rights by March 23 (Trillions)
22/03 Interview: The ethics of big data, Facebook & Cambridge Analytica (WikiTribune)
23/03 Facebook under scrutiny in the the U.S. and the UK over Cambridge Analytica scandal, users in Iran blocked from Apple’s App Store, U.S. Congress urged to consider “implications” of CLOUD Act (Ranking Digital Rights)
26/03 Rushed US Cloud Act triggers EU backlash (EU Observer)
28/03 CLOUD Act puts Fourth Amendment at Risk (Liberty Nation)
30/03 Upload Filter: Das Ende des freien Internets? (Undogmatisch.net)
31/03 Europe is dealing with Facebook in a way the U.S. hasn’t (NY Daily News)


APRIL

02/04 GOOGLE E FACEBOOK: espionagem no tempo de internet – Por Estevam Dedalus (Polêmica Paraíba)
02/04 Google och Facebook lägger miljoner på att påverka EU-politikerna (Expressen)
03/04 Contra el filtrado de contenido en Internet y el impuesto a la cita: paremos la #CensorshipMachine (Publico)
03/04 Retro: Ústavní soud zrušil protiústavní šmírovací zákon (Almanach)
04/04 Around 100 organisations urge Council of Europe to show greater transparency in negotiations on cybercrime (Agance Europe)
04/04 “Not Transparent”: NGOs Hit Out at Cybercrime Convention Talks (Computer Business Review)
05/04 Cos’è la General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), la nuova legge UE per la privacy (EuroNews)
06/04 Forze dell’ordine e Ministeri italiani in balia dell’antivirus… di Mosca (EuroNews)
07/04 Russia e Cina monopolizzano la sicurezza informatica europea (Gli Occhi Della Guerra)
09/04 EU: Více cenzury pro vaše „dobro“ (Tadesco)
09/04 Websites Worry EU May Seek Heavy Copyright Monitoring (Big Law Business)
10/04 Gafa : «Les géants du Net ont compris qu’il faut composer avec l’UE» (La Croix)
11/04 Contra el filtrado de contenido en internet (Avanguardia)
12/04 L’activisme digital alça la veu contra la directiva europea que vol protegir els drets d’autoria a Internet (Directa)
12/04 Internet Censorship – Guess What’s Coming Next? (True Publica)
16/04 EU to give judges power to seize terror suspect emails and texts (Financial Times)
17/04 Proposal Gives EU Judges Power To Demand Data Across Borders (Silicon UK)
17/04 Brussel wil bedrijven buiten EU dwingen data te overhandigen (NU.nl)
17/04 Η Κομισιόν θα αναγκάσει τους τεχνολογικούς κολοσσούς να παραδίδουν άμεσα τα ηλεκτρονικά μηνύματα υπόπτων τρομοκρατίας (Lifo)
17/04 Europa dwingt techbedrijven data van terreurverdachten vrij te geven (Demorgen)
17/04 Europa dwingt techbedrijven data van terreurverdachten vrij te geven (HLN)
17/04 EU to force tech firms to hand over terror suspects’ messages (The Guardian)
17/04 Tech companies to be forced to give police overseas data under EU proposal (Reuters)
17/04 EU proposes ‘revolutionary’ fast-track system for police data access (EURActive)
17/04 The EU may order tech firms to hand over terror suspects’ data inside 6 hours (Technology review)
17/04 Europese Commissie wil dat techbedrijven data sneller gaan overhandigen (Dutch IT Channel)
17/04 EU “e-evidence” proposals turn service providers into judicial authorities (EU Business)
17/04 Kritik mot EU-förslag om utlämning av data (Ny Teknik)
17/04 Kritik mot EU-förslag om utlämning av data (Sydvenskan)
17/04 EU kräver snabbare hjälp från Facebook och Apple (BreakIt)
17/04 EU vil tvinge techgiganter til at udlevere data hurtigt (Berlingske Business)
17/04 Perusahaan Teknologi Wajib Serahkan Data Pengguna ke Otoritas UE (Kabar24)
18/04 EU proposal to force tech firms to give overseas data to police (EJ Insight)
18/04 Title (Publication)
18/04 EU plans to increase access to electronic evidance in court cases (EU Policies)
18/04 Tech titans could be forced to give police overseas data under new proposal (ARN)
18/04 L’UE s’achemine vers l’obligation de partage de données avec la police (EurActive)
18/04 EU: Mere censur for at “beskytte” (Dokument)
18/04 EU wil bedrijven buiten Europa gaan dwingen data te overhandigen (Numrush)
18/04 Unia chce dać policji łatwiejszy dostęp do naszych danych online (Onet Wiadomości)
18/04 Proposals on electronic evidence perceived as hasty response to US CLOUD Act (Agance Europe)
19/04 Szykują się pierwsze skargi na podstawie RODO (Gazeta Prawna)
23/04 Tarifários zero rating em Portugal criticados por organizações internacionais (SapoTek)
23/04 “Portugal tem as piores violações da neutralidade da internet” (Pais ao Minuto)
23/04 Associações europeias pedem à Anacom medidas para “internet livre e aberta” (Expresso)
23/04 Associações europeias pedem à Anacom medidas para “Internet livre e aberta” (Diario de Noticias)
23/04
Associações europeias pedem à Anacom medidas para “Internet livre e aberta”
(Dinheiro Vivo)
23/04 Organizações de diversos países pedem à ANACOM que defenda a neutralidade da Internet (Ardina)
23/04 Perusahaan Teknologi Harus Serahkan Data Luar Negeri di bawah Proposal U (Saru Harapan)
24/04 Portuguese NGOs urge Anacom to block zero-rating offers (Telecom Paper)
24/04 Organizações internacionais pedem à ANACOM o fim do zero-rating (Aberto até de Madrugada)
24/04 Facebook is about to get hit with regulation, just not from the U.S. (The Informer)
25/04 Männer in der digitalen Welt (Volksblat)
25/04 Net neutrality death delayed (Capacity Media)
26/04 Tech Companies to Be Forced to Give Police Overseas Data under EU Proposal (OMG News)
26/04 Over 145 organisations representing a broad spectrum of stakeholders join forces to call upon the EU Member State Ambassadors to continue technical discussions on the copyright reform and to not grant the Bulgarian Council Presidency a mandate to negotiate with the European Parliament (CopyBuzz)
26/04 EU pritišće Facebook i Google da pojačaju borbu protiv lažnih vijesti (Lider)
26/04 EU piles pressure on social media over fake news (Reuters)
26/04 EU-Kommissar für Sicherheitsunion fordert Klarnamen-Registrierung im Internet (NetzPolitik)
26/04 EU tells platforms to sort fake news by October or face new law (EU Observer)
26/04 “Fake news” strategy needs to be based on real evidence, not assumptions (EU Business)
26/04 Organizações de diversos países pedem à Anacom que defenda a neutralidade da Internet (Ardina)
26/04 EU jača pritisak na društvene mreže zbog širenja lažnih vijesti (AlJazeera Balkans)
26/04 EU tells social media giants to combat fake news or face new regulations (BrinkWire)
26/04 EU jača pritisak na društvene mreže zbog širenja lažnih vijesti (Publication)
26/04 EU piles strain on social media over faux information (Mining for news)
26/04 Europska komisija sastavlja Kodeks za sprječavanje širenja lažnih vijesti (Index.hr)
26/04 EU piles pressure on social media over fake news (UsamaTech)
26/04 EU Piles Pressure on Social Media Over Fake News (America News Portal)
27/04 EU piles pressure on social media over fake news (CGTN)
27/04 EU Piles Pressure on Tech Giants Like Facebook, Google Over Fake News (News18)
27/04 EU Piles Pressure on Social Media Over Fake News (NewsRains)
27/04 EU Piles Pressure on Tech Giants Like Facebook, Google Over Fake News (Newsnow)
27/04 Letzte Ausfahrt: Gesetzgeberische Maßnahmen (MDR.de)
27/04 Unión Europea no sede terreno ante noticias falsas (El Tiempo)
29/04 EU tells social media giants to combat fake news or face new regulations (ProNews)
30/04 Burgerrechtenbeweging bezorgd om e-privacywetten (Computable)


MAY

02/05 Why Europe’s privacy clampdown may not solve Facebook’s data scandal woes (Foxnews)
02/05 “Rights offline are valid online, laws offline are valid online”, says global Internet expert at World Press Freedom Day launch (DemerareWaves)
02/05 France, Spain, Italy and Portugal go beyond maximalist on © (CopyBuzz)
07/05 EU-Staaten arbeiten an neuen Ansätzen zur Vorratsdatenspeicherung (Heise Online)
08/05 Nowy model pozyskiwania danych cyfrowych w sprawach karnych (Publication)
10/05 Conoces tus derechos digitales (ElMundo)
15/05 EDRi calls on Parliament’s political groups to ban micro-targeting in their election campaigns (Agance Europe)
15/05 Offener Brief: Europäische Parteien sollen auf Microtargeting verzichten (Netzpolitik)
15/05 Title (DKE Chicago)
18/05 Netzpolitischer Wochenrückblick KW 20: Bayern kriegt Polizeigesetz, Berlin informiert über Funkzellenabfrage (Netzpolitik)
22/05 What Europe needs to ask Mark Zuckerberg (Politico)
22/05 Perusahaan-Perusahaan Teknologi Wajib Berbagi Data (NNews.id)
22/05 GDPR: How Europe’s new Internet rules could change your life (alJazeera)
22/05 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg begins European leg of apology tour (Los Angeles Times)
23/05 Facebook’s Zuckerberg in Europe as tough data rules take effect (rfi)
23/05 European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and Lessons for U.S. Privacy Policy (Competitive Enterprise Institute)
23/05 Cos’è la General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), la nuova legge UE per la privacy (EuroNews)
24/05 Ons vier jaar durende gevecht voor de bescherming van jouw gegevens (HQ-Niews)
24/05 Com ens protegeix el nou reglament europeu de protecció de dades? (VilaWeb)
25/05 RODO: koniec z traktowaniem nas jak towar (Portal Pomorza)
25/05 Czy RODO oznacza koniec traktowania nas jak towarów? (DII)
25/05 Today, a new E.U. law transforms privacy rights for everyone. Without Edward Snowden, it might never have happened. (The Washington Post)
25/05 GDPR: European tech firms struggle with new data protection law (AlJazeera)
25/05 POLITICO Brussels Influence, presented by The GSMA: Facebook hearing mess — EU election countdown — In-house agencies (Politico)
25/05 Unión Europea implementa fuertes medidas de protección de privacidad en internet (LeRed21)
31/05 The latest EDRi-gram (Wired)
31/05 Proposed EU Copyright Law Could Drastically Change Internet Sharing and Publishing (ECW)
31/05 Industry groups amp up lobby campaign to topple ePrivacy bill (EurActive)


JUNE

01/06 GDPR a EDSM: Od svobodného internetu na hlídaný EUnet? (PCtunning)
03/06 European Digital Rights Activists Warns About EU Censorship Machine (FreezeNet)
04/06 EU-US work on police access to data hits roadblocks (PoliticoPRO)
05/06 Compte rendu de la conférence du 24 mai 2018 – Conversations européennes #3 – Réguler l’internet, un enjeu politique européen (EU Logos)
08/06 EU GDPR Comes Into Force, But Reaction Is Divided (FreezeNet)
11/06 Internet se může zcela změnit. Kontroverzní zákon je o krok blíž (Svobodni Svet)
DD/MM Title (Publication)
06/06 Dok se mi “zabavljamo” GDPR-om, EU uvodi “porez na linkove” i filtriranje naših sadržajae (Netokracija)
11/06 Kodi CLAMPDOWN: New piracy laws could change the face of illegal streaming FOREVER (Express)
12/06 Will EU copyright law ‘carpet bomb’ the digital world? (New Internationalist)
13/06 Will US net neutrality repeal be felt around the world? (WikiTribune)
14/06 What’s really behind the EU law that would ‘ban memes’ – and how to stop it before June 20 (TheNextWeb)
15/06 What’s in actuality within the help of the EU law that can perchance “ban memes” – and cease it before June 20 (Multinews)
14/06 L’Internet libre et ouvert est en danger : vous pouvez arrêter ce désastre (Linuxfr)
15/06 Europe’s Proposed “E-Evidence” Package Draws Fire (FreezeNet)
20/06 EU birokrati izglasali cenzuru interneta i zabranu memea, što sada? (Index)
20/06 EU takes first step in passing controversial copyright law that could ‘censor the internet’ (The Verge)
20/06 EU Copyright Reform Proposal Clears Lead Legislative Committee, To Cheers And Jeers (Intellectual Property Watch)
20/06 New EU Rules Could Ban Memes and Destroy the Internet as We Know It (AntiMedian)
20/06 EU Committee Approves Copyright Directive (Computer Business Review)
20/06 Internet Pioneers Warn New EU Rules Would Turn Web Into “Tool for Automated Surveillance and Control” (Common Dreams)
20/06 Joe McNamee: «Cette directive renforce la domination des géants du web» (Le Soir)
20/06 MEPs ignore expert advice and vote for mass internet censorship (EU Observer)
20/06 Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content (TechCrunch)
20/06 Europe Slams the Door on Free Speech and Passes Article 13 (Freezenet)
20/06 EU-Urheberrecht: Weichenstellung für Upload-Filter und Presse-Leistungsschutzrecht (iRight info)
20/06 Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content (Blogramo)
20/06 Europe Slams the Door on Free Speech and Passes Article 13 (FreezeNet)
20/06 Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content (TopTechz)
20/06 Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content – TechCrunch (Tech News)
20/06 Copyright: la commissione giuridica del Parlamento europeo ha votato per la censura di massa su Internet (Virtual Blog News)
20/06 La red se moviliza contra la propuesta europea de copyright que pretende convertir a las empresas en policías de contenidos (Publico)
20/06 Pioneros de Internet advierten que las nuevas normas de la UE convertirán la web en una “herramienta para la vigilancia y el control automatizados” (Steemit)
20/06 Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content (Tech News Park)
20/06 Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content – TechCrunch (Tech Snaq)
20/06 https://www.curtisryals.com/2018/06/20/eu-parliamentary-committee-votes-to-put-american-internet-giants-in-charge-of-what-speech-is-allowed-online/ (Curtis Ryals Reports)
20/06 EU Parliamentary Committee Votes To Put American Internet Giants In Charge Of What Speech Is Allowed Online (Give info)
20/06 https://netzpolitik.org/2018/schlag-gegen-die-netzfreiheit-eu-abgeordnete-treffen-vorentscheid-fuer-uploadfilter-und-leistungsschutzrecht/ (NetzPolitik)
21/06 Como uma nova legislação europeia de direitos autorais pode arruinar a internet como a conhecemos (Gizmodo Brasil)
21/06 Internet Pioneers Warn New EU Rules Would Turn Web Into “Tool for Automated Surveillance and Control” – Jessica Corbett (Wall Street Window)
21/06 Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content – TechCrunch (Tech News)
21/06 European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee Goves green Light to Harmful Link Tax and Pervasive Platform Censorship (Censored Today)
21/06 Филтри и данък върху линковете – какво означават те за нас? (Conservative)
21/06 Пагубни решения за свободното разпространение на информация (Terminal3)
22/06 #LaRéplique – L’approbation par le parlement européen de la directive Copyright suscite des inquiétudes (EurActive Blogs)
22/06 Schlag gegen die Netzfreiheit:EU-Abgeordnete treffen Vorentscheid für Uploadfilter und Leistungsschutzrecht
(Demokratisch Links)
24/06 “Copyright protection in the EU”: the new reform can affect not only the media platforms (Habrahabr)
24/06 The new reform can affect not only the media platforms / IT-GRAD / Habr company blog (TechOrt)
24/06 Die große Filterphobie (Taz)
24/06 European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee Gives Green Light to Damaging Link Tax and Pervasive Platform Censorship (SCAm Channel)
25/06 Zivilgesellschaft: EU-Kommission muss gegen Vorratsdatenspeicherung vorgehen (Heise Online)
25/06 La commission des affaires juridiques du Parlement européen a voté pour les robots-censeurs de l’article 13 : quelle sera la suite ? (My tiny Tool)
26/06 La direttiva europea sul copyright minaccia internet? (World News netwoek Italy)
28/06 The latest EDRi-gram (Wired)
29/06 Segons European Digital Rights (EDRi) Espanya destaca “vergonyosament” en llibertat d’expressió (Català Digital )
29/06 EU-Copyright-Eklat: Dorothee Bär und Netzpolitiker gegen Upload-Filter (Heise Online)
29/06 Otra ONG de defensa de los derechos civiles pide derogar la ‘ley mordaza’ (El Nacional)
28/06 Directive Copyright : le vote du Parlement européen fixé au 5 juillet (Numerama)
28/06 La direttiva dell’UE sul copyright: una minaccia per la rete? (Buongiorno Slovachia)
29/06 Otra ONG de defensa de los derechos civiles pide derogar la ‘ley mordaza’ (Niews Reporter)
30/06 Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content (TYoungSystems)


JULY

02/07 Interview zur DSGVO: Mit so krassen Reaktionen wurde wirklich nicht gerechnet (TreffPunktEuropa)
02/07 MEPs’ email says Article 13 “will not filter the internet”; JURI MEP’s tweet says it will (CopyBuzz)
02/07 https://unita.news/2018/07/02/i-danni-che-la-direttiva-sul-copyright-fara-alle-nostre-liberta-e-cosa-possiamo-fare-per-contrastarla/ (Unità News)
03/07 Italian Wikipedia ‘goes dark’ in protest over proposed EU copyright laws (NewsTalk)
03/07 Title (Heise Online)
03/07 EDRI Publishes Legal Analysis of Upload Filter Legislation, Article 13 (FreezeNet)
03/07 Copyright Filter: EU Rapporteur Voss accuses opponents of “Fake News” before (Techwarf)
03/07 Folgenschwere Abstimmung: EU-Parlament entscheidet über Zukunft des Urheberrechts (NetzPolitik)
04/07 Copyright: Wikipedia dopo Italia, al buio anche Spagna, Lettonia ed Estonia (Radio Roseto)
04/07 Όταν το όραμα γίνεται ψευδαίσθηση: Η Πρόταση Οδηγίας για τα δικαιώματα πνευματικής ιδιοκτησίας στην ψηφιακή ενιαία αγορά (Lawpost)
04/07 Es geht um Fairness – nicht um Zensur (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
04/07 Folgenschwere Abstimmung: EU-Parlament entscheidet über Zukunft des Urheberrechts (Kein Feiwild)
05/07 European MEPs Saves the Internet and Rejects Article 11 and Article 13 (FreezeNet)
05/07 Im nächsten Kampf um die Netzfreiheit (Sichtplaz)
05/07 Im nächsten Kampf um die Netzfreiheit (Sichtplaz)
05/07 Chi vuole e chi no la direttiva europea sul copyright (Wired)
05/07 Direttiva Ue sui diritti d’autore, quali conseguenze sull’informazione digitale (Due Righe)
05/07 “Todesdrohungen”: Klagen über Lobbying überschatten EU-Copyright-Entscheid (Heise Online)
05/07 Im nächsten Kampf um die Netzfreiheit (Sichtplaz)
05/07 Article 13 rejected by MEPs: What you need to know about the law that could have killed internet culture (alphr)
05/07 European Parliament Rejects Starting Negotiations On Copyright Reform Proposal (Intelectual Property Watch)
05/07 EU Parliamentarians support an open and democratic debate around the Copyright Directive (EUbusiness)
06/07 European Union rejects controversial copyright reforms (PCfind)
06/07 Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content (VivalTopFeeds)
06/07 EU-Urheberrechtsreform: Das sind die Reaktionen auf die Entscheidung des Europäischen Parlaments (Cancom)
06/07 Alleged “meme ban” stalls in Europe; internet celebrates with memes (Salon)
06/07 Reform des Urheberrechts – Zwischen Todesdrohungen und Begeisterung – Reaktionen auf EU-Entscheid (Gamestar)
10/07 MEPs send copyright reform proposal back for rethink (EUbusiness)
11/07 Council of Europe cooperation against cybercrime — human rights Octopus or fishy deals? (FinTechLog)
14/07 Privacy Rights Organization Zwiebelfreunde Raided by German Police (FreezeNet)
16/07 Ceta, si crede ancora che porterà guadagni miracolosi. Ma i numeri dicono altro (Il Fatto Quotidiano)
16/07 Get to Know Berlin’s Hottest Female Entrepreneurs for 2018 (The Culture Trip)
18/07 What will it take to #savetheinternet in Europe? The view from Romania (Globam Voices)
23/07 Schutz gegen Tracking unerwünscht: Österreich verschiebt ePrivacy-Reform auf den St. Nimmerleinstag (Netzpolitik)
24/07 YouTube patzt beim Löschen von Terrorvideos (Heise Online)
27/07 Digitaler Binnenmarkt – here we come? (UdL Digital)
31/07 EFF Pioneer Awards 2018 an Netzaktivisten Joe McNamee, Fair-Use-Kämpferin Stephanie Lenz und Forscherin Sarah T. Roberts (Netzpolitik)
31/07 Cosa bisogna fare per #salvareinternet in Europa? Punti di vista dalla Romania (Global Voices)


AUGUST

14/08 How to file a copyright infringement complaint on YouTube (Pleaders)
15/08 3 ways to ensure the internet’s future is creative, collaborative, and fair (BigThink)
19/08 El Internet Freedom Festival 2019 buscará consolidar València como la “capital mundial de los derechos digitales” (EuropaPress)
20/08 Internet Freedom Festival torna per a consolidar València com a “capital mundial dels drets digitals” (Valencia Extra)
21/08 EU aiming at early removal of extremist content (China Daily)
21/08 EU to force removal of extremist content (Ecns.cn)
23/08 #SaveYourInternet: Europljani izlaze na ulice 26. kolovoza, pridružite se i vi! (Netokracija)
30/08 I’m back in Europe just in time for the latest EDRi-gram (Wired)


SEPTEMBER

03/09 Curtain up for the next round (Web Schauder)
03/09 La guerra del copyright vuelve a la Eurocámara sin consenso a la vista (El Diario)
04/09 How the EU will force all artists to use Youtube, forever (BoingBoing)
04/09 Tech Firms Brace for Salvo of European Privacy Rules (National Jpurnal)
05/09 La UE abre la puerta a garantizar el anonimato de los alertadores de corrupción (La Vanguardia)
05/09 New European Copyright Proposal Blasted As Internet Threat (Freezenet)
05/09 Lobbyismus per Mail-Lawine (Frankfurter Allgemeine)
05/09 How the EU will drive all artists to make use of Youtube, endlessly (WakaJobs)
06/09 YouTube Chief Says Article 13 “Undermines Creative Economy” (TorrentFreak)
0709 YouTube’s CBO speaks out against Article 13 of EU’s controversial copyright law (PacktHub)
07/09 YouTube Chief Says Article 13 “Undermines Creative Economy” (Dimitrology)
11/09 The continental rift: Two pieces of EU legislative reform that could have ‘substantial effect’ on freedom of expression rights for media and public alike (Press Gazette)
12/09 Here Comes Another EU Law Threatening Google and Facebook With Enormous Fines (Fortune)
12/09 European Parliament Approves Negotiating Stance On Copyright Reform (Intelectual Property Watch)
12/09 EU lawmakers back controversial copyright reforms (EuroNews)
12/09 Juncker goes to war against disinformation and online terrorist content (EurActive)
12/09 EU Parliament flip-flops backwards on copyrigh (EUBussines)
12/09 Here Comes Another EU Law Threatening Google and Facebook With Enormous Fines (Yahoo)
12/09 EU-Kommission will Terrorismus mit Upload-Filtern und automatischen Systemen bekämpfen (Netzpolitik)
12/09 Tout comprendre sur la directive européenne sur le droit d’auteur (Konbini)
12/09 EU-Parlament stimmte für Uploadfilter und Linksteuer (Der Standard)
12/09 La riforma sul Copyright è passata (StartUp Italia)
12/09 Perché l’approvazione della riforma del copyright non è un buona notizia (Wired Italia)
12/09 La Comisión Europea quiere que las webs borren los comentarios relacionados con terrorismo en menos de una hora (El Diario)
12/09 União Europeia dá sinal verde para nova lei de direitos autorais que pode arruinar a web (Gizmodo)
12/09 European Parliament Approves Catastrophic Copyright Bill That Threatens the Internet (Gizmodo)
12/09 Here Comes Another EU Law Threatening Google and Facebook With Enormous Fines (Yahoo News)
12/09 Today, the EU will vote on the future of the internet (again) (The Verge)
12/09 Internetbedrijven riskeren miljardenboete bij te laat verwijderen terreurpropaganda (RTL Z)
12/09 EU Government Rejects Internet Rights and Passes Copyright Laws (FreezeNet)
12/09 Google: Nytt direktiv kan strypa de kreativa (Svenska Dagbladet)
13/09 https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/09/european-parliament-approves-catastrophic-copyright-bill-that-threatens-the-internet/ (Gizmodo)
13/09 Il Parlamento europeo minaccia Internet con una catastrofica legge sul copyright (Il Corriere Nazionale)
13/09 New Copyright Powers, New “Terrorist Content” Regulations: A Grim Day For Digital Rights in Europe (IT Security News)
13/09 EU Introduces New Law Forcing Tech Firms to Censor Unwanted Speech in 24 Hours (Breibart)
13/09 Ξετυλίγοντας το κουβάρι: Μεταρρύθμιση στο Δίκαιο της Πνευματικής Ιδιοκτησίας (The Press project)
13/09 Title (MaeketWatch)
13/09 EU Copyright Reform Meets Resistance From Stakeholders, Some Governments (ip-watch.org)
13/09 EU Introduces New Law Forcing Tech Firms to Censor Unwanted Speech in 24 Hours (Breitbart)
15/10 Facebook-Datenleck: Drei Fehler, 30 Millionen erbeutete Profile (Netzpolitik.org)
16/09 Security and migration proposals dominate Juncker`s `State of the Union` announcements (NoRacism.net)
17/09 Europe Doubles Down, Now Demands 1 Hour Removal of Terrorism (FreezeNet)
18/09 Ξετυλίγοντας το κουβάρι: Μεταρρύθμιση στο Δίκαιο της Πνευματικής Ιδιοκτησίας (Ipyxida)


OCTOBER

01/10 Tu DNI electrónico por fin servirá de algo en la Unión Europea, aunque surgen dudas sobre la privacidad (Genbeta)
03/10 Öffentliches Geld? Öffentliches Gut! (Netzpolitik)
05/10 Los trabajadores tendrán desconexión digital en 2019 (ibercampus.es)
06/10 YouTube chief warns EU Copyright Directive could ‘undermine’ the creative economy (IPP Pro)
12/10 > The European Commission’s E-evidence Proposal: Toward an EU-wide Obligation for Service Providers to Cooperate with Law Enforcement? (European Law Blog)
15/10 Wie Europa den Schutz gegen Tracking im Netz aufs Abstellgleis manövriert (netzpolitik.org)
19/10 Civil society warns Commission about a binding solution to online misinformation (Agence Europe)
25/10 The EU call it copyright, but it is massive Internet censorship and must be stopped (Open Democracy)
30/10 Nicht nur die üblichen Verdächtigen: Breites Bündnis fordert von Altmaier Einsatz für Anti-Tracking-Gesetz [Update] (netzpolitik.org)


NOVEMBER

01/11 European NGOs Launch GDPR Campaign (Michigan Standard)
08/11 EU DATENSCHUTZ DER RAT SETZT DEN LIMBO-TANZ MIT DEN EPRIVACY-STANDARDS FORT. (datenschutzpiraten.de)
09/11 ENDGÜLTIG: YOUTUBE BRINGT UPLOADER, ZUSCHAUER UND SICH SELBST IN EINE SCHWIERIGE POSITION (datenschutzpiraten.de)
10/11 UPLOADFILTER EN “LINKTAKS”: WAAR STAAN DE EU-LIDSTATEN (bestuurlijknieuws.nl)
13/11 EU DPAs Receive Thousands of Complaints Under the GDPR (Lexology)
14/11 Censure antiterroriste : Macron se soumet aux géants du Web pour instaurer une surveillance généralisée (ewb.one)
14/11 NGOS FORDERN DEN ÖSTERREICHISCHEN RATSVORSITZ AUF, DIE REFORM DES DATENSCHUTZES IM INTERNET ABZUSCHLIESSEN (datenschutzpiraten.de)
16/11 RGPD: l’autorité belge de protection des données a du mal à tenir le rythme (Le Soir)
22/11#SaveYourInternet : l’Union Européenne va-t-elle tuer la création artistique sur le web ? (Moustique)
23/11Is The Internet Under Threat? Interview With #SaveYourInternet Member On EU’s Copyright Directive (Forbes)


DECEMBER

05/12 E-Evidence: A threat to people’s fundamental rights? (Euractiv)
05/12 Alertan de que Europa frena su propuesta de privacidad ‘online’ mientras avanza hacia un mayor control policial de las redes (Publico)
06/12 EU-Staaten stimmen für Upload-Filter im Kampf gegen Terrorpropaganda (Heise Online)
06/12 Civil society invites Council to review its copy of proposal for a Regulation on electronic evidence (Agence Europe)
07/12 Los Estados paralizan el plan de la UE para vetar las cookies abusivas y blindar los metadatos (El diario)
07/12 e-Evidence: EU-Staaten beschließen umstrittenen Entwurf zu elektronischen Beweismitteln (Netzpolitik)
12/12 Alerta por el JEFTA, el controvertido tratado entre la UE y Japón aprobado este miércoles (Cuarto Poder)
14/12 The UN airs ‘serious concerns’ about an EU bid to control ‘terrorist content’ online (The Canary)
17/12 French privacy watchdog tells Whatsapp to stop sharing data with Facebook (RFI)
19/12 E-Privacy: Österreich legte neue EU-Datenschutzregeln auf Eis (Der Standard)
20/12 Europe and USA Face Off on Data Protection Rules (Courthouse News Service)
22/12 What does the repeal of net neutrality mean for development? (Devex)
30/12 Réseaux sociaux, données personnelles, algorithmes… comment inventer un futur numérique plus radieux ? (Le Monde)


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05 Dec 2018

Civil society calls Council to adopt ePrivacy now

By EDRi

EDRi has joined a letter of 30 representatives from civil society and online industry, to the Ministers in the Telecoms Council, to express the wide support for the ePrivacy Regulation. The letter describes the clear and urgent need to strengthen privacy and security of electronic communications in the online environment, especially in the wake of repeated scandals and practices that undermine citizens’ right to privacy and the trust on online services.

The support from privacy-friendly businesses such as Qwant, Startpage, Startmail, TeamDrive, Tresorit, Tutanota, ValidSoft or WeTransfer show the positive implications that ePrivacy will have for a dynamic and innovative European internet industry. The collaboration between organisations defending citizens’ rights and industry representatives underlines that both EU citizens and privacy-friendly business models have much to gain from a strong ePrivacy Regulation.

EDRi full-heartedly supports the call of the coalition to the Council of Minister’s to finally move the ePrivacy discussion forward, so that a compromise with the European Parliament can be found before the elections in May 2019. If this is achieved, European citizens will benefit from a strong privacy regime and a less intrusive, more dynamic and more innovative EU data economy.

You can find the letter here.

Open letter to EU member states from consumer groups, NGOs and industry representatives in support of the ePrivacy Regulation (03.12.2018)
https://edri.org/files/eprivacy/20181203-Joint-letter-NGO-and-industry.pdf

ePrivacy review: document pool
https://edri.org/eprivacy-directive-document-pool/

Council continues limbo dance with the ePrivacy standards (24.10.2018)
https://edri.org/council-continues-limbo-dance-with-the-eprivacy-standards/

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07 Nov 2018

NGOs urge Austrian Council Presidency to finalise e-Privacy reform

By Epicenter.works

EDRi member epicenter.works, together with 20 NGOs, is urging the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to take action towards ensuring the finalisation of the e-Privacy reform. The group, counting the biggest civil society organisations in Austria such as Amnesty International and two labour unions, demands in an open letter sent on 6 November 2018 an end to the apparently never-ending deliberations between the EU member states.

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It is today 666 days since the European Commission launched its proposal. The e-Privacy regulation is an essential aspect for the future of Europe’s digital strategy and a necessity for the protection of modern democracies from ubiquitous surveillance networks. Echoing European citizens rightful demands for protections of their online privacy, the organisations ask the Austrian Presidency to lead the way into a new privacy era by concluding the e-Privacy dossier by 2019.

The letter comes in a context in which a parliamentary inquiry from the Austrian Social Democratic party tries to shed light on the lobby connections of the Austrian government regarding the hampering of secure communications for its citizens. Right now, the Austrian government’s position is closely aligned with the interests of internet giants like Facebook and Google, big telecom companies and the advertisement industry.

The Austrian government has recently fast-tracked negotiations on the controversial e-evidence proposal, which would weaken the rule of law and foster further surveillance of citizens’ online behaviour. This is a stark contrast to the meager effort Austrian representatives put into negotiations around legislative proposals that aim to protect the fundamental right to privacy – a topic missing from the Austrian Council Presidency agenda.

In order to ensure that e-Privacy laws will not be used as excuse for the establishment of new repressive instruments, epicenter.works demands a clear commitment to the prohibition of data retention. Data retention has been found unconstitutional in different European countries, while epicenter.works was plaintiff in the 2014 proceedings of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) annulling the data retention directive. A circumvention of the ECJ’s ban through the e-Privacy regulation could expose EU citizens to indiscriminate mass-surveillance and severely undermine trust in EU institutions.

Open Letter sent to Austrian Government (in German only, 06.11.2018)
https://epicenter.works/content/offener-brief-wir-brauchen-eprivacy

Parliamentary inquiry from the Austrian Social Democratic Party (in German only, 29.10.2018)
https://www.parlament.gv.at/PAKT/VHG/XXVI/J/J_02174/index.shtml

Council continues limbo dance with the ePrivacy standards (24.10.2018)
https://edri.org/council-continues-limbo-dance-with-the-eprivacy-standards/

ePrivacy: Public benefit or private surveillance? (24.10.2018)
https://edri.org/eprivacy-public-benefit-or-private-surveillance/

ECJ: Data retention directive contravenes European law (09.04.2014)
https://edri.org/ecj-data-retention-directive-contravenes-european-law/

(Contribution by Thomas Lohninger, EDRi member epicenter.works)

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