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Leaked document: Does the EU Commission really plan to tackle illegal content online?
Thu 21 Sep 2017, 18:20

On 14 September, Politico published a leaked draft of the European Commission’s Communication “Tackling Illegal Content Online”. The Communication contains “guidelines” to tackle illegal content, while remaining coy in key areas. It is expected to be officially published on 27 September.

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Italy plans to extend telecoms data retention and increase censorship powers
Tue 1 Aug 2017, 13:00

On 19th July, the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament approved two amendments to existing laws. One of the amendments aims at extending telecommunications data retention to 6 years, while the other gives Agcom, the communications regulator, powers to order takedown powers and blocking of online content without judicial oversight.

Leaked document: EU Presidency calls for massive internet filtering
Wed 6 Sep 2017, 11:20

A Council of the European Union document leaked by Statewatch on 30 August reveals that during the summer months, that Estonia (current EU Presidency) has been pushing the other Member States to strengthen indiscriminate internet surveillance, and to follow in the footsteps of China regarding online censorship. Standing firmly behind its belief that filtering the uploads is the way to go, the Presidency has worked hard in order to make the proposal for the new copyright Directive even more harmful than the Commission’s original proposal, and pushing it further into the realms of illegality.