Second Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN) Workshop
Fri 22 May 2015, 15:40
The second edition of the Internet Privacy Engineering Network (IPEN) workshop will take place on 5 June 2015 at KU Leuven. Please see the draft programme and register here.
IPEN is an initiative launched by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) aiming to bring together developers and data protection experts with a technical background from different areas in order to launch and support projects that build privacy into everyday tools and develop new tools which can effectively protect and enhance our privacy. More information is available here. The report of the first IPEN workshop is available here.
UN report: encryption and anonymity online are necessary to advance human rights
Fri 29 May 2015, 18:40

Encryption and anonymity on the internet are necessary for the advancement of human rights, according to a new report from the United Nations. The report from David Kaye, a UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression, asserts that privacy is a “gateway for freedom of opinion and expression.”

The report is available for download here.

EFF annual report on government data requests
Fri 19 Jun 2015, 10:24

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released the annual “Who’s Got Your Back” report. For four years, EFF documented the practices of major Internet companies and service providers, judging their publicly available policies, and highlighting best practices. Over the course of the first four reports, EFF watched a transformation take place among the practices of major technology companies. Please see the major findings in the 2015 report here.

Download the complete Who Has Your Back? 2015: Protecting Your Data From Government Requests report as a PDF.

Access joins letter to UK officials criticizing GCHQ for spying on human rights groups
Wed 1 Jul 2015, 21:20

This week, Access joined a coalition letter to the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom sharply criticizing the government for spying on international human rights groups. The letter responded to revelations in a ruling by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which disclosed that Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) had spied on organizations in South Africa and Egypt. The UK is a member of the so-called Five Eyes coalition of governments — including the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand — that collaborates on intelligence gathering.

AFET Committee adopts its Report on Human rights and technology
Wed 1 Jul 2015, 19:20

The European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) adopted its Report on “Human rights and technology: the impact of intrusion and surveillance systems on human rights in third countries” on 26 May 2015.

The Report aimed at providing input in order to help create smart European legislation which deals adequately with all the concerns, but at the same time takes into account new technological solutions.

Belgian coalition demands suspension of the TTIP negotiations
Thu 2 Jul 2015, 15:20

On 26 June 2015, the Belgian EDRi member Liga voor Mensenrechten, together with a wide coalition of other Belgian human rights and consumer organisations, trade union confederations, and environmental and development NGOs, published a declaration asking for an immediate suspension of the negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that are currently ongoing between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU).