Europe Office

The European Union (EU) and its Member States play a major role in shaping global tech law and policy and exerting influence far beyond their own borders. We also engage and work with the Council of Europe on standard-setting.

CDT Europe advocates for the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights in European tech law and policy.


For more information about CDT’s European policy efforts, contact Iverna McGowan, Director, Europe Office of CDT, at [email protected].


For press inquires, please email our EU press team at [email protected].

Equality and Participation

At CDT Europe, we work to increase equality, amplify voices, and promote human rights in European level law and policy debates. We champion policies, laws, and technical designs that protect against invasive, discriminatory, and exploitative uses of new technologies. We use our in-depth tech policy knowledge to build capacity and, in turn, learn from other civil society partners on issues such as discriminatory impact of algorithms and participation in online debates.

Platform Accountability

CDT Europe is closely following European-level legislative files such as the Digital Services Act. In our interventions, CDT Europe insists that online platforms be transparent, accountable, and respect human rights. We also advocate that regulation should set limits on the collection and use of personal information and give people greater control. Our work also focuses on curtailing government censorship and enabling all people to access and share information of their choosing without harassment or undue interference.

Freedom from Government Surveillance

CDT Europe also works at the European-level to ensure that people are free from unwarranted surveillance. In line with international human rights law standards, we advocate that government surveillance should have strict, independent oversight and checks against bias. We also believe that the European Union and its Member States should play a positive role in global debates on better protections against such surveillance, in line with the EU’s own human rights foreign policy.

Latest from the EU

Joint Statement Calls Out Internet Fragmentation

A graphic detailing a CDT Europe event with GNI, entitled "How can we apply human rights due diligence standards to content moderation? Focus on the EU Digital Services Act." Event on July 29, 2021. Grey text on a while, orange, and blue background.

How can we apply human rights due diligence to content moderation? Focus on the EU Digital Services Act – Event Summary

International Coalition Calls on Apple to Abandon Plan to Build Surveillance Capabilities into iPhones, iPads, and other Products