privatised law enforcement
December 19, 2018 · On the ground | Information democracy | Platform regulation
Poland: Privatised law enforcement or protecting users’ rights?
How to regulate content moderation policies of Facebook and other social media platforms is a challenge worldwide. In Poland, such a discussion has been ongoing for more than a year. A few months ago, the previous Minister of Digital Affairs Anna Strzezynska presented the proposal for a new bill, whose aim was to guarantee that […]
May 15, 2017 · Document pools
Audiovisual Media Services Directive reform: Document pool
On 25 May 2016, the European Commission proposed to reform the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (the “AVMS Directive” or “AVMSD”). The current AVMS Directive (2010) is the European Union (EU) legal framework that regulates traditional TV broadcasters and on-demand services in the EU Member States. The AVMSD contains rules on audiovisual advertising; jurisdiction over providers; […]
November 25, 2016 · Blogs
New leaks confirm TiSA proposals that would undermine civil liberties
Today, on 25 November 2016, German blog Netzpolitik.org in association with Greenpeace published new leaked documents concerning the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), a “trade” agreement that is currently being negotiated between 23 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), including the European Union.
September 7, 2016 · Blogs
What digital rights are at imminent risk? All of them.
Our civil rights in the digital environment are based on our rights to protect our personal security and data, our right to communicate freely, and our right for any restrictions to be necessary, predictable and proportionate. Every one of these rights is now under imminent threat.
May 30, 2016 · Blogs
EU Commission under investigation for EU Internet Forum documents
In the past year, EDRi made numerous formal requests to get more information about the EU Internet Forum. This Forum was set up by the EU Commission to persuade companies to do “more” to fight terrorism. After months of obstruction from the European Commission, EDRi made a maladministration complaint to the European Ombudsman. As a […]
April 27, 2016 · Blogs | Information democracy | Transparency
Leaked EU Communication – Part 1: Privatised censorship and surveillance
EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: Subject to the principle of proportionality, limitations [to fundamental rights] may be made only if they are necessary and genuinely meet objectives of general interest recognised by the Union or the need to protect the rights and freedoms of others. A draft European Commission Communication on Platforms has been leaked. […]
March 10, 2016 · Document pools
EU Internet Forum against terrorist content and hate speech online: Document pool
Since last year, we have been reporting on the “EU Internet Forum” set up by the European Commission to fight terrorism and hate speech online. In reality, the IT-Forum gathers two initiatives: one run by the Home Affairs Directorate General of the European Commission, on “terrorism”; and one run by the Justice and Consumers Directorate […]
February 24, 2016 · Blogs
EU consultation on “Intellectual Property Rights” enforcement – Have your say!
Injunctions, internet blocking, blackmailing of individuals accused of unauthorised peer-to-peer filesharing – the so-called IPRED Directive has been very controversial. Now, the European Commission has launched a consultation on the Directive (whose full name is Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRED) in the online environment). The consultation is of great importance […]
February 1, 2016 · Blogs
EDRi’s work in 2015
Information technology has a revolutionary impact on our society. It has boosted freedom of communication and democracy but has also led to new approaches to surveillance and is increasingly used to impose restrictions on fundamental rights. In the past year, we worked hard to ensure that your rights and freedoms in the online environment are […]
January 9, 2013 · Blogs
Commission’s own internal review condemned CleanIT’s incoherence and cost
The CleanIT project has received a huge amount of criticism from outside of the EU institutions. But imagine if the Commission had been alerted to the incoherence of the planned project. Imagine if, before investing 325.796 Euro in CleanIT, the European Commission had been warned that the project lacked methodology and did not represent value […]