Data Protection

Black mailboxes / CC0 Bernard Hermant
Black mailboxes / CC0 Bernard Hermant

Protecting people's rights online

Influencing the new EU law on digital platforms

The European Commission has replied to our crowd-sourced model law on how online platforms should deal with content moderation procedures whilst respecting fundamental rights. Read it here.


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Old phone taken apart/ CC0 James Jewis

E-WASTE IS JUST LIKE LOVE

Don’t throw it all away

Have you ever heard about premature obsolescence? Negligent – and sometimes intentional – design practices that reduce the lifetime of products. We want a common EU market that favours products that last. Good for your pockets, good for consumers, and good for the planet!


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A Digital and Green Transition: Will Artificial Intelligence foster or hamper the Green New Deal?

03.02.2021

Live Webinar - Register here!

Two of the European Commission’s key priorities for the upcoming years are Europe fit for the Digital Age and the Green Deal. In our event the Greens/EFA will explore how we can ensure the two goals promote each other and which actions we need to ensure the digital transition and Green Deal are not mutually exclusive.


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Surveillance Cameras/CC0 Milosz Klinowski

Ban Biometric Mass Surveillance

Join the Campaign!

Governments are experimenting with highly intrusive facial recognition systems and other biometric mass surveillance in public spaces in the EU. We think they have alarming consequences for fundamental rights and want them to be banned.


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Face surveillance vs Facial Authentication: What is it and why should biometric mass surveillance be banned in the public space?

26.01.2021

Live Webinar - Register here!

Often when people think of facial recognition, they think about unlocking their phones with their face. Facial authentication is used to verify that someone is who they say they are, when for example gaining secured access to a building or traveling through a passport gate. This is a one-to-one comp...


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Greens/EFA debriefing of the plenary session

14-18 December

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included the Council Conclusions on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), Rule of Law and Climate Law, the presentation of the Digital Service Act (DSA), the Drinking Water Directive, transitional provisions for Agricultural Funds, the European Year of Rail 2021, a new Strategy for European SMEs, and the future relations between the EU and the UK following Brexit negotiations.


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People sitting at a table with laptops/ CC0 Headway

Commission proposal first step to end Wild West of Internet giants

Digital Services Act

We welcome the European Commission's move to end the Wild West style Internet giants and to make online platforms accountable for how they spread content and when they remove content from users.


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Social media icons on phone screen / CC0 dole777

Fighting for your rights online

Did you know that the EU's internet rules haven't changed in 20 years? The reform of the rules through the "Digital Services Package” has the potential to be either a threat to fundamental rights or a major improvement.


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Plenary Flash 14-18 December 2020

Greens/EFA priorities for the session

During this week plenary session, the European Parliament will debate and/or vote on digital services act, the conclusions of the European Council meeting, water legislation, new strategy for European SMEs, European Year of Rail, Council configuration on Gender Equality, ...


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Monitor showing Java programming/ CC0 Ilya Pavlov

Terrorist Content Online Regulation

A threat to freedom of speech, media, arts and sciences

Preventing the recruitment of terrorists is an important objective. We want incitement to violence, glorification of terrorism as well as bomb-building instructions published by terrorist organizations to be removed from the Internet. But the means to achieve this goal, as proposed by the Commission and supported by Council, are problematic and threaten fundamental rights.


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The Risks of Discrimination of Biometric Mass Surveillance

03.12.2020

Live Webinar - Register here!

Throughout the European Union, governments are experimenting with highly intrusive systems of facial recognition and other biometric mass surveillance in public spaces. At the same time, there has been a global uproar against the usage of these technologies due to their alarming consequences for fun...


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Affordable Housing

18.11.2020

AirBnB and the Digital Services Act - Possibilities for regulating online short-term rental to ensure affordable housing

We want to have a conversation about ‘the AirBnB-effect.’ The expansive growth of short-term holiday rental is extracting housing from the market and driving up prices, and has a negative impact on liveability in large cities and popular tourist destinations in Europe.  This phen...


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