Copyright reform: Unlocking copyright for users?
Wed 24 Aug 2016, 19:33

On 8 September 2016, only a few days before the European Commission will announce its plans for a copyright reform, Communia and EDRi will be organising an event to discuss some of they key issues, namely the failures of the current EU copyright law, and the situation of exceptions and limitations. The event “Copyright Reform: Unlocking copyright for users?” takes place at the European Parliament, room 6G1.

Copyfails bonus track: Copyright levies
Fri 29 Jul 2016, 19:47

The EU is reforming its copyright rules. EDRi wants to introduce you to the main failures of the current copyright system, with suggestions on how to fix them. You can find all the Copyfails here.

This article is an additional one – a “bonus track” – to the series presenting Copyfails.

European Court confirms: Strict safeguards essential for data retention
Tue 19 Jul 2016, 15:20

Today, on 19 July 2016, the Advocate General Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe of the Court of Justice of the European Union issued an Opinion on a case Tele2 Sverige AB v Post- och telestyrelsen (C-203/15) that deals with data retention obligations that were imposed by law on a Swedish telecom provider.

The Court was asked a set of questions related to the respect of European Union law, in the context of the data retention laws in Sweden and the UK. In the Opinion issued today, the AG re-stated principles that were previously established in the Digital Rights Ireland case. He also provided extensive further analysis of the legal context that national courts need to consider when they “rigorously verify that no other measure or combination of measures” can be as effective as the national data retention regime being proposed.

Fitness wristbands violate European law
Thu 3 Nov 2016, 16:41

Several fitness wristbands violate Norwegian and European consumer and privacy legislation. The Norwegian Consumer Council is submitting a formal complaint against four companies to the Norwegian Data Protection Authoritiy and the Consumer Ombudsman.

New e-Privacy rules need improvements to help build trust
Thu 9 Mar 2017, 21:00

On 10 January 2017, the European Commission published its long-awaited proposal for an e-Privacy Regulation (ePR) to replace the 2002 e-Privacy Directive (ePD). This new regulation complements the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), adding more clarity and legal certainty for individuals and businesses – helping to protect our personal data by providing specific rules related to our freedoms in the online environment.

EU Commission to keep watch on Belgium’s rights-harming, disproportionate Passenger Name Record system
Mon 27 Feb 2017, 15:40

A few weeks ago, Access Now received a response from the European Commission regarding the organization's notification in November that Belgium’s plan for a Passenger Name Record (PNR) system breaches EU law. Since then the Belgian Parliament has adopted its proposed PNR law, despite the lack of evidence to show it will help stop crime or terrorism. This has set in motion what is essentially a rights-harming exercise in security theatre.