ECJ says: EU-mandated mass surveillance “entails an interference with the fundamental rights of practically the entire European population”

Europe’s highest court has given a judgement in the challenge taken by Irish human rights advocacy group Digital Rights Ireland (DRI) to the EU’s regime of Data Retention and mass surveillance. The Court has found that data retention “entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference …

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Tomorrow’s ECJ judgment: Q&A

Tomorrow the European Court of Justice will give judgment in our case challenging mass surveillance under the Data Retention Directive. Here’s a summary of the background. What is the case about? It’s a challenge to data retention – i.e. laws which require ISPs and mobile …

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We need your help to keep working for European digital rights in 2014

2013 was a big year for digital rights and for Digital Rights Ireland in particular. We had a major success with our case against mass surveillance which led to an Advocate-General’s opinion that the Data Retention Directive is incompatible with the European Charter of Fundamental …

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European Court ruling condemns mass surveillance

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice today gave an important opinion in our favour in a case brought by Digital Rights Ireland to challenge European mass surveillance law. The challenge – which we started in 2006 – is to the Data Retention …

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Testifying before the Oireachtas Social Media hearings

DRI was represented today by TJ McIntyre and Fergal Crehan before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications which is currently holding a series of hearings on “Social Media Ethics and Regulation”. There’s a good summary of the proceedings in the Irish Times but …

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Data retention threatens journalists also

Henry McDonald in today’s Guardian has an alarming story about Garda surveillance of crime journalists, including routine monitoring of their mobile phone calls and messages: Journalists in Ireland have raised concerns about the country’s draconian gagging orders on police officers talking to the media, including …

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Innovation, Information and the Internet: Modernising Copyright Law

DRI is organising a conference on copyright reform this Friday (21st October) and would encourage anyone with an interest in the topic to attend. The event is free and you can register online at http://www.dublincopyrightconference.com/. Full details: Innovation, Information and the Internet: Modernising Copyright Law …

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Garda who abused phone records to spy on ex will not be prosecuted, will keep job

Recent media reports have confirmed that a Garda detective sergeant will not face criminal prosecution and will keep her job despite abusing the data retention system to spy on an ex-boyfriend. In November 2010 the annual report of the judge who oversees the data retention …

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Submission to the Copyright Review Committee

Here’s our submission to the Copyright Review Committee: Digital Rights Ireland Copyright Review Submission …

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Submission on the IP Enforcement Directive

Today was the last day for submissions to the European Commission consultation on the IP Enforcement Directive and we’re very grateful to Alan Toner for putting together a short submission emphasising some of the many problems with it. Full text after the jump. …

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Garda plans for web blocking referred to Data Protection Commissioner

In our last post we mentioned Garda plans to introduce web blocking into Ireland. One of the many problems with blocking systems is that they require ISPs to take additional steps to monitor users, resulting in real risks to privacy. These risks are amplified in …

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Garda plans to introduce web blocking in Ireland

Last year we revealed that the Department of Justice was working on secret plans to introduce internet filtering in Ireland. Now, despite a complete lack of any legislation, public consultation or democratic discussion, these plans have moved to the implementation stage. In a letter which …

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