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CDT's Efforts in Europe

The European Union plays a major role in shaping the policies of the global Internet, exerting influence far beyond its own borders. The Center for Democracy & Technology works actively with the EU institutions, Member States, civil society, and the technology sector to forge outcomes that respect legal, political, and cultural differences while promoting the core values of an open and inclusive internet.

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Letter to Article 29 Working Party on the Right to Be Forgotten

The Article 29 Working Party recently met with representatives from the major search engine operators to discuss the implementation of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision that search engines have an obligation to remove links to pages containing personal information about Europeans when informed that this information is “no longer relevant” or otherwise amounts to a burden on the person’s data protection rights. CDT sent a letter to members of the Article 29 Working Party, urging them to provide clear and consistent guidelines for responding to link-removal requests and to develop procedural safeguards to prevent these “right to be forgotten” mechanisms from being abused.

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Protecting Human Rights in the Age of Surveillance

The Center for Democracy & Technology and the American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law held a daylong convening to discuss how to protect privacy and free expression rights in an era of massive trans-border surveillance. The roundtable had several immediate outputs, including identification of key opportunities for civil society engagement for the short, medium, and long term. We also uncovered gaps in law, theory and practice that would benefit from new research and analysis.

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Application to Intervene in Big Brother Watch v UK

In September 2013 a group of non-governmental organizations and activists led by Big Brother Watch filed a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against surveillance activities conducted by the UK government as disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. CDT and PEN American Center applied to the ECtHR to intervene in the case because of its significant implications for human rights on the Internet. This is the formal application requesting intervention.

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Summary of Big Brother Watch v United Kingdom

In September 2013 a group of non-governmental organizations and activists led by Big Brother Watch filed a challenge in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) against surveillance activities conducted by the UK government as disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. CDT and PEN American Center applied to the ECtHR to intervene in the case because of its significant implications for human rights on the Internet. CDT developed a summary of the case.

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EuroParl LIBE Committee Inquiry on Electronic Mass Surveillance of EU Citizens

On September 24, 2013, Jens-Henrik Jeppesen and Greg Nojeim testified jointly before the European Parliament LIBE Committee Inquiry on behalf of Leslie Harris, CDT’s CEO and President, regarding the electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens. Specifically, Harris’ testimony addresses the evolving nature of the “Golden Age of Surveillance” in the United…

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The Importance of Internet Neutrality to Protecting Human Rights Online

The Internet has tremendous capacity to advance human rights, in particular freedom of expression and related rights. To maximize the Internet’s potential, it must remain decentralized, open, and truly global. Establishing rules to preserve Internet neutrality is one way to prevent the imposition of structural inequalities that would distort this environment.

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Proposed EU Directive to Ensure a High Common Level of Network and Information Security

CDT submitted these comments on the proposed European Commission’s proposed directive on cyber security. CDT agrees with the European Commission’s motives for proposing EU legislation on cybersecurity – to ensure a high common level of network and information security (NIS). We support the objective of enhancing the level of cybersecurity cooperation and collaboration across the…

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CDT Recommendations for EU Net Neutrality Policy

This paper offers CDT’s view concerning EU-level policy on net neutrality. Below, CDT: Explains that what is really at stake here is the ability of innovators and competitors to challenge today’s Internet giants and bring Internet-focused growth to new companies and locations; Outlines why it is important to establish basic expectations concerning net neutrality now, rather than waiting until…

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