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> ECLN notice - publications/research - added 19 June 2011
> EU privacy watchdog: Data Retention Directive unlawful
> The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) adopted an Opinion on the European Commission’s Evaluation Report on the Data Retention Directive. The EDPS demonstrates that the Directive violates the privacy of all EU citizens and that the evaluation report itself is flawed. This is good news for your privacy.
> June 2011
> Bitd of FreedomOpinion (pdf)
 
> ECLN notice - publications/research - added 19 June 2011
> All-seeing, all-knowing: the proposal for a National Crime Agency in the UK
> The UK government has announced plans to establish a National Crime Agency, intended to a provide a "multi-agency national response" to a number of issues - organised crime, border security, economic crime, and the exploitation of children. Widely reported in the press as an "FBI-style" agency, the NCA is deemed necessary for a number of reasons. The primary motivation seem to be that "cutting crime is the sole objective that the government has set for the police", but the current response to organised crime is "patchy and fragmented".
> June 2011
> Statewatch news
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 June 2011
> Doctors asked to identify potential terrorists under government plans
> Redrawn counter-terrorism programme will call on doctors' help, but BMA fears threat to patient confidentiality
> Guardian, 6 June 2011
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 June 2011
> Stop the EU plane passenger database
> We urge the EU to abandon its plans to adopt a EU-PNR system. The EU should not use PNR data or transfer them to third countries. The discussion about the EU-PNR systems shows that all travel movements of innocent individuals are to be monitored. This form of “total surveillance” must be prevented. Otherwise, the protection of privacy and civil liberties is at risk. The monitoring of travel movements of citizens in absence of an initial suspicion is a non-justified interference with the fundamental right to privacy/private life! As the data are exclusively collected by private airlines, the accuracy of the data can not be guaranteed. Mistakes arising in this context may lead to serious restrictions to the freedoms of individuals concerned.
> websiteon facebookGerman wiki
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 08 June 2011
> (Be) Petition for dismissed researcher Barbara van Dyck
> On Friday June 3th 2011, the Catholic University of Leuven sacked researcher Barbara Van Dyck because of her public support for the actions of Field Liberation Movement (FLM) in the context of an action against a genetically modified potato field in Wetteren, Belgium on Sunday May 29th. Whether one agrees with the aim and tactic of this action or not, the sanction is disproportionate and a breach of academic freedom and freedom of speech. We appeal to academics worldwide to resist this dismissal and to sign this open letter.
> more informationOnline petition
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 01 June 2011
> Preparatory workshops for DSEI
> DSEI, the world's largest arms fair, is taking place in London this September. Come along for a day of workshops, organised by the Stop The Arms Fair coalition, to plot a day of action on 13th September 2011. (Sunday 12th June, Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ)
> Website Flyer (pdf)
> Stop the Arms Fair coalition
 
> ECLN notice - meetings/conferences - added 19 May 2011
> Report on Jena Refugee Conference and Zella-Mehlis Lager Protest
> We will Break the Isolation from the Lagers! Refugee Conference in Jena and Action-day in Zella-Mehlis 22-24.04.2011
> May 2011
> See video report here
 
> ECLN notice - meetings/conferences - added 19 May 2011
> Irish in Britain Seminar Series 2011 (10 - 31 May)
> The recent upturn in Irish migration indicates that Britain continues to be one of the primary destinations of Irish migrants into the 21st Century.  This year's seminar series covers a broad range of research in the field and aims to put current trends into their broader historical and political context.
> 10-31 may 2011
> Seminar program
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 May 2011
> Hands off our right to move freely around the Union!
> European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) has been in the forefront of the struggle to achieve a Europe without borders with its hotlines at the start of the Schengen process, advice to thousands of individuals about how to overcome visible and hidden barriers to exercising their European rights and regular reports on the impact of EU enlargement on free movement of people.
> Press release ECAS
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 May 2011
> Police search building Dresden for antifascist activists
> On may 3d 150 policemen invaded the communal building Praxis in Dresden, where many people live or have their workspace. Apparently people living there are being accused of forming a criminal organisation to commit illegal actions against fascists. Nazis have made a yearly march in Dresden to commemorate the bombing of the city into the largest neonazi manifestation in Germany, but the last two years they were unable to march because of massive blockades in the city. During the last attempt, frustrated neonazis attacked precisely the building that the police choose to invade now.
> Declaration of support from Rote Hilfe Neuruppin
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 May 2011
> (Greece) Asylum seekers are put in jail!
> (...) We were given notice that from that point on, whoever applies for asylum without holding traveling documents will be detained (we put emphasis on the fact that only few asylum seekers have traveling documents). Despite the fact, that we considered that such an action from the police authorities (...) The police authorities, punishing with imprisonment everyone who is trying to practice his/her right to apply for asylum, are basically demolishing such entitlement. This practice is a cruel violation of human rights of the refugees. The rights of the refugees are ratified in the international conventions and therefore compel our country
> Press release Aitima (PDF)
 
> ECLN notice - publications/research - added 19 May 2011
> (NL) Police break telecom privacy rules
> The police regularly break the rules when asking for information about suspects' telephone calls, the national privacy watchdog CBP said in a new report published on Thursday.
> April 2011
> NewsarticleReport CBP (Dutch, PDF)
> CBP
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 May 2011
> I Am Bradley Manning
> The Bradley Manning support network has started a new campaign. Everybody is asked to send in pictures declaring that he or she are Bradley Manning, to show support for the wikileaks source and demand justice for him.
> websitecampaign
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 May 2011
> Austria: Animal Rights Activists acquitted
> Three years after Police in Vienna invaded 23 houses and issued arrest orders against 10 persons on suspicion of forming a 'criminal organisation' (for organising animal rights actions) all 13 (3 were added later) accused were found not guilty.
> BlogWebsite
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 19 May 2011
> Dutch minister announced to stop collecting fingerprints for central database
> Everybody who applies for a passport will still be demanded to hand over fingerprints, but for the time being this will only be stored on the chip in the passport, without a copy in a central database as they had wanted (and had done so far). This after a majority in parliament, advised by experts on privacy and data retention refused to support the plan.
> Newsarticle at nu.nl (Dutch)
 
> ECLN notice - publications/research - added 19 May 2011
> European Commission: Top 10 misleading statements on data retention
> The European Commission adopted its evaluation report on the Data Retention Directive this week. The Commission lived down to our expectations, with the report itself and the Commissioner’s press conference producing an imaginative selection of misleading statements. The following are ten of the most egregious examples:
> April 17 2011
> On website Bits of Freedom Shadow report EDRi (pdf)
> Bits of freedom
 
> ECLN notice - publications/research - added 09 May 2011
> Are you a 'domestic extremist'?
> How to ask if you are on police databases Rob Evans and Paul Lewis explain how the Data Protection Act can open up police files. Plus a step-by-step guide to making your own request
> April 11
> Article on Website Guardian
> The Guardian
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 09 May 2011
> (GE) Census 2011 illegitimate?
> The comprehensive census of the complete population of Germany, started on May 9 and will last until March 30 2012. Privacy watchdogs are very critical,and some urge to boycott the census (but a fine of 5000.- Euro threatens those that do). Ak Vorrat states that the information gathered is unnecessary and not anonimized.
> Website vorratsdatenspeicherung.de
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 09 May 2011
> Jury's verdict of unlawful killing of Ian Tomlinson
> The jury at the inquest into the death of 47 year old Ian Tomlinson, who died on 1 April 2009 in the context of a heavily-policed and high profile G20 demonstration, have today returned a verdict of unlawful killing.
> Jury's verdictOverview of media coverage
 
> ECLN notice - campaigns/open letters - added 09 May 2011
> (GE)Seminar: Police violence out of control?
> Seminar on the practice of independent monitoring of police operations. The focus is on the effect of court cases against violent police.
> Announcement (German)
 
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