News & announcements
Today, more than 80 organisations, represented by The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and European Digital Rights (EDRi), sent a letter (pdf) to the European Commission demanding the end of dangerous experimentation with the functioning of the Internet in Europe and the protection of the principles of openness and neutrality.
"The Internet's unique value is openness. The experimentation by certain European access providers with blocking, filtering and throttling of services creates borders in an online world whose key value is the absence of borders." explains Joe McNamee, Executive Director of EDRi. "This reckless experimentation will continue unless the European Commission puts a stop to it."
The European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) has adopted its Opinion on the Data Protection Regulation. Even though the adopted text has fatal flaws, it represents a significant improvement compared with the Opinions adopted in other committees. Despite the avalanche of lobbying by a section of industry, business associations, “SME associations” funded by big business, “independent” associations funded by big business and lobbying by the US government, this change is a remarkable tribute to the impact of citizens having their say in Brussels. It also shows that the momentum is slowly moving towards more coherent support for privacy in Europe.
One example of this change of direction is “data portability”.
The ridiculous efforts of certain companies to censor the Internet are already a serious cause for concern. This trend becomes even more worrying when such privatised censorship gets political support.
Next week, the European Parliament votes on a non-binding resolution supporting a ban on "all forms of pornography" (paragraph 17), with online policing being done by private companies (paragraph 14).
On Monday 4 March, EDRi celebrated its 10th anniversary at the European Parliament in Brussels. To mark the occasion, EDRi held a meeting with European Commission Vice-President, Viviane Reding. The Vice-President is responsible for the Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship portfolio in the Commission.
"As EU Commissioner in charge of the Information Society and now as EU Commissioner for Justice, I have worked together with the European Digital Rights organisation for many years," she said. "Thanks to our joint efforts we have made sure that the internet could not be blocked and that data protection standards remain high in Europe. Today we are celebrating EDRi's 10th anniversary. Congratulations for 10 years of great work!