European privacy reform is broken badly
4 Mar 2015 •
New leaked documents show that European Union Member States, led by Germany, are systematically working to destroy the fabric of European privacy legislation.
Access sends open letter to Commissioner Malmström seeking clarifications on claims from yesterday’s hearing
30 Sep 2014 •
In an open letter sent today to Commissioner Malmström, Access requests the Commissioner-designate for Trade for immediate feedback on the aspersions she placed on the validity of the acquired document during yesterday’s hearing in the European Parliament.
Document shows Commissioner Malmström secretly working with the U.S. to undermine data protection regulations
28 Sep 2014 •
The former Home Affairs Commissioner has been systematically undermining the work of her own commission, and would be unfit to defend EU citizens’ interests as Trade Commissioner.
Blanket data retention: Law enforcement wants it, but they don’t need it
15 Sep 2014 •
On April 8, 2014, Europe’s highest court, the ECJ, released a long-awaited decision on the controversial Data Retention Directive, confirming what we all knew: the blanket surveillance mandated by the Data Retention Directive is neither necessary nor proportionate.
Civil Society Groups Set the Record Straight on “Right to be Forgotten”
10 Sep 2014 •
On September 9, Access, together with a coalition of 10 European and international digital rights groups submitted a letter to the Google Advisory Council to set the record straight about the so-called “right to be forgotten” and to address misrepresentations of a recent European Court of Justice ruling.
EU Commission takes note of NGO letter highlighting DRIP’s violations of EU law
22 Aug 2014 •
This month, the European Commission responded to a letter sent on behalf of 21 digital rights organisations – including Access, Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR), EDRi, Initiative für Netzfreiheit, AKVorrat, and EFF – outlining several violations of E.U. law in the passage of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIP) in the United Kingdom.
Wikipedia Zero and net neutrality: Wikimedia turns its back on the open internet
8 Aug 2014 •
Wikipedia’s vision is “a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.” It’s a value that we at Access share. So we were shocked last week when the Wikimedia Foundation, which supports and hosts Wikipedia, turned its back on the greatest driver of open access to information the world has ever known, the open internet.
Civil society groups alert European Commission to UK’s breach of EU Law
22 Jul 2014 •
Today Access, together with 20 digital and civil rights organisations, sent the following letter (linked here and below) to E.U. Commissioners Michel Barnier and Cecilia Malmström to bring their attention to an infringement of E.U. law by the United Kingdom through the adoption of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (“DRIP”).
Three things you should know about the Google Spain case
10 Jul 2014 •
On May 13th, the European Court of Justice ruled on the case between the Spanish citizen, Mario Costeja González and Google Spain, regarding the Spanish Data Protection Authority requests for the search engine to withdraw personal data relating to Mr Costeja González from its index and to prevent access to the data in the future.
Mitigating the CJEU’s dangerous precedent
14 May 2014 •
Yesterday, in a sweeping and dangerous judgement the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that Google should de-index a lawfully published newspaper article about a Spanish citizen. Access believes the Court erred in increasing liability for intermediaries online, unnecessarily and wrongly pitting privacy against access to information, with an unfavorable result.