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Open Letter in Light of the Competitiveness Council on 30 November 2017

On 30 November, CDT joined over 80 organisations in signing an open letter on the EU copyright reform addressed to the Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council (COMPET), as well as to relevant representatives of other EU institutions. In one sentence, we voice our persisting concerns over the current state of affairs of the discussions in the Council and European Commission on the proposal for a Copyright in the Digital Single Market (DSM) Directive. In an Annex, the letter refers to 29 letters and analyses carried out by various European stakeholders and experts, which highlight the negative impact of the current proposal, particularly in Articles 13 (monitoring and filtering of user uploads), 11 (press publishers’ rights) and 3 (text and data mining exception). 

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CDT response to European Commission Consultation on Improving Cross-Border Access to Electronic Evidence in Criminal Matters

We recognise the concerns about difficulties in obtaining electronic data relevant for criminal investigations that motivates the EC’s initiative. Our overriding message is that as the EC considers its next step, it must ensure that protection of fundamental rights is front and centre. We refer to existing human rights principles on necessity and proportionality and ask that they be included in any initiative the EC puts forward.

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Summary of Meeting with the Digital Agenda Intergroup of the European Parliament

On 6 September 2017, the Digital Agenda Intergroup of the European Parliament and CDT held a closed roundtable on removing illegal content online while protecting human rights. This is a summary of the debate held under Chatham House rules. The event focused on challenges to existing intermediary liability limitations, and free expression, from the DSM Copyright Directive Art. 13, as well as the need for consistent and harmonized notice and action procedures across the EU.

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Simplifying Section 702 and the EU-US Privacy Shield

The E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement assists in the free flow of commerce by allowing companies to transfer data between the European Union and the United States, but it could be in jeopardy if U.S. surveillance law is not reformed. The Privacy Shield agreement was built on assurances that the U.S. would not subject Europeans’ data to “indiscriminate mass surveillance.”

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CDT Signs Open Letter on the EU Copyright Reform

CDT joined over 60 civil society and trade associations in signing an open letter addressed to the Ministers attending the Competitiveness Council and European Parliament Rapporteur MEP Therese Comodini Cachia and her colleagues, highlighting the various problematic provisions of the European Commission’s proposal. In view of these concerns, the letter calls on European lawmakers to put the EU copyright reform back on track by not only opposing the most damaging aspects of the proposal, but also by adopting a more ambitious agenda for positive reform.

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CDT Co-Signs Letter Calling on Commission to Act Against Germany’s Draft Network Enforcement Law

CDT has signed a joint letter on the draft German law that threatens to fine large social media platforms if they do not react swiftly to take down certain types of content. Together with other civil and human rights organisations, as well as industry bodies representing the Internet technology, we call on the European Commission to ensure compliance of the draft German law with EU law, including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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CDT’s Analysis of the European Commission’s proposed ePrivacy Regulation

In general, we support the Commission’s initiative to update and rewrite the ePD. We agree with many of the motivations and intentions behind it. However, we offer a number of observations about the approach taken by the Commission that we suggest should be taken into account as the proposal is considered by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.

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Rethinking Privacy Self-Management and Data Sovereignty in the Age of Big Data

This paper advances the idea that the rise of large data collection and processing, also known as big data, has challenged the validity of data-protection regimes founded on ideals of individual control. With a focus on data sovereignty, it investigates concepts able to meet the requirements of big-data technologies, while also offering guidance for future policy regimes.

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Joint Open Letter on Article 13 of EU Commission’s Copyright Proposal

CDT has signed a joint open letter together with other civil society organisations expressing concern over the European Commission’s copyright proposal, in particular its upload filter obligation provision. Article 13 of the proposal forces internet intermediaries to use content identification technology to prevent users from uploading unlicensed copyrighted content. This is a dramatic erosion of the liability protections in the E-Commerce Directive and would negatively impact the free speech of citizens who would see their content blocked even if it is a legal use of copyright content under a copyright exception.

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