What’s Next For Europe’s Internet Censorship Plan?

Last month, a key European vote brought the EU much closer to a system of universal mass censorship and surveillance, in the name of defending copyright. Members of the EU Parliament voted to advance the new Copyright Directive, even though it contained two extreme and…

UK Surveillance Regime Violated Human Rights

On September 13, after a five-year legal battle, the European Court of Human Rights said that the UK government’s surveillance regime—which includes the country’s mass surveillance programs, methods, laws, and judges—violated the human rights to privacy and to freedom of expression. The court’s opinion is…

European Court of Human Rights Rules UK Surveillance Violated Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the UK’s surveillance regime, revealed by Edward Snowden, violates human rights set out in the European Convention. In consolidated cases Big Brother Watch v. UK, Bureau of Investigative Journalism v. UK, and 10 Human Rights Organizations…

New Copyright Powers, New “Terrorist Content” Regulations: A Grim Day For Digital Rights in Europe

Despite waves of calls and emails from European Internet users, the European Parliament today voted to accept the principle of a universal pre-emptive copyright filter for content-sharing sites, as well as the idea that news publishers should have the right to sue others for quoting…

Today, Europe Lost The Internet. Now, We Fight Back.

Today, in a vote that split almost every major EU party, Members of the European Parliament adopted every terrible proposal in the new Copyright Directive and rejected every good one, setting the stage for mass, automated surveillance and arbitrary censorship of the internet: text messages…

Top European Court Hears Key “Right to Be Forgotten” Case

Today the Court of Justice for the European Union heard arguments in Google v. Commission nationale de l’informatique et des liberté concerning the “Right to Be Forgotten.” Google v. CNIL follows a ruling in Google v. Spain that Europeans have a right, in some circumstances,…

Wanting It Badly Is Not Enough: Real Problems For Creators Deserve Real Solutions

As the European Parliament prepares for tomorrow’s vote on the new Copyright Directive with its provisions requiring mass-scale filtering of all public communications to check for copyright infringement (Article 13) and its provisions requiring paid permission to link to the news if you include as…

Not In Our Name: Why European Creators Should Oppose the EU’s Proposal To Limit Linking and Censor The Internet

The European Copyright Directive vote is in three days and it will be a doozy: what was once a largely uncontroversial grab bag of fixes to copyright is now a political firestorm, thanks to the actions of Axel Voss, the German MEP who changed the…

Fake Compromises, Real Threats in Next Week’s EU Copyright Vote

In July, millions of Europeans called on the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) to vote down a proposal that would impose copyright filters on European social media, and create a new power for newspapers to charge or sue anyone linking to their news stories. The…

U.S. Defends Privacy Shield, But Fails to Comply with Privacy Commitments

The Department of Commerce has told the President of the European Parliament that the US is in compliance with the Privacy Shield, a pact that permits US companies to obtain the personal data of Europeans. The statement follows a resolution of Parliament to suspend the…