ORG policy update/2018-w26

This is ORG's Policy Update for the week beginning 25/06/2018.

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”EU mass surveillance is alive and well, according to privacy groups”

Privacy rights groups are calling on the CJEU to clamp down on at least 17 EU governments that require domestic telecommunications firms to store all communications data. An open letter released this Monday was signed by more than 60 privacy rights groups, NGOs and academics, among others, calls on the European Commission to uphold "the rights of EU citizens and residents" by referring all non-compliant EU member states to the CJEU for sanctions. Signatories to the "stop data retention" letter include Bits of Freedom, Digital Rights Ireland, Electronic Frontier Norway, as well as the U.K.'s Liberty, Open Rights Group and Privacy International. Executive Director Jim Killock "The courts were completely clear: no blanket retention," He added, "Governments do not get to pick and choose what courts tell them."

Media coverage

See ORG Press Coverage for full details. 2018-06-26-WikiTribune- Why aren't we all voting online? Author: Harry Ridgewell Summary: Rice told WikiTribune that England’s 2007 and 2008 e-voting trials were the “equivalent of someone tipping out a bucket of paper ballots in an empty room and counting them and then … [saying] this is the outcome.” Topics: Data protection Online Voting

2018-07-01-mix94.5- A Proposed Copyright Law In The EU Could Make Memes Illegal Author: Rudi Edsall Summary: Proposed EU law could effectively make memes illegal. The legislation will force online platforms such as Facebook and YouTube to prevent copyrighted content from being published on their social media sites as they will no longer be licensed to do so. “It’s just impractical to imagine that things would be filtered in one place and not another,” Killock said to Global News Canada. “I think that bluntly, this will end up applying everywhere.” Topics: Data protection Copyright

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