[IRP] EDRI: Declaration on Global Privacy Standards

Katitza Rodriguez katitza
Thu Nov 5 02:03:12 EET 2009

Declaration on Global Privacy Standards

5 November, 2009
Privacy | Global
The public voice coalition, where EDRi is also a member, gathered  
almost two hundred privacy experts, advocates, and governments  
officials from around the world for a civil society event in Madrid  
with the title "Global privacy standards for a Global world".

Held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Privacy and Data  
Protection Commissioners, the event was cybercasted, live blogged and  
tweted in order to be available to any Internet user interested in the  
privacy topics.

The conference had 5 different sessions, with two keynote speakers -  
Mr. Stavros Lambrinidis, Vice President, European Parliament and Mr.  
Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor (Netherlands).

The first session Privacy and Human Rights: The Year in Review  
presented several privacy issues from 2009 from different parts of the  
globe. The European status was presented by Meryem Merzouki from EDRi- 
member IRIS, France that highlighted the new threats brought by the  
Stockholm programme or the different police databases with high-level  
privacy intrusion. There was a specific interest from the audience on  
the status of EDVIGE 2.0. Meryem confirmed that the civil society will  
react to the new police file, while Peter Schaar has underlined that  
"Edvige is a horror database for us, because it includes many persons  
that did not breach any laws - they are just 'risky persons'."

The latest Privacy and Human Rights Report that covers 80 states was  
launched with this occasion by Ms. Katitza Rodriguez, Electronic  
Privacy Information Center.

The second session - Privacy Activism: Major Campaigns was kicked off  
by a lively presentation by EDRi-member Mr. Ralf Bendrath who  
explained what is Privacy Activism 2.0. Mixing open structures, viral  
marketing, pop culture, privacy issues with a healthy dose of fun was  
the perfect recipe for the biggest campaigns - biggest demonstration  
ever against surveillance in Germany known in the entire world as  
Freedom not Fear. Ms. Willemiem Bax from Consumer Organization BEUC  
highlighted the consumers actions for the protection of their digital  
rights, while David Rodr?guez presented a creative local campaign  
against CCTVs in the neighbourhood of Lavapies, Madrid.

"Your Data in the Cloud: What if it Rains? " was the inspired title of  
the third session. EDRi's President Andreas Krisch pointed out with an  
image from the computers in the 60s and 70s that the new technological  
developments do not change that much and we should address more  
seriously the security aspects of cloud computing. He suggested as  
ideas to be included in global privacy standards in cloud computing:  
data breach notification, data minimisation as well as responsibility  
for IT infrastructures introduce in the market (see RFID).

Moving even more in depth on the global privacy issues, there were  
discussions on the transborder data flows. Eddan Katz from EFF showed  
the real problems of the Safer Harbour privacy agreement between US  
and EU, including the fact that it doesn't cover non-profits, because  
FTC oversight on US side is only for companies. Gus Hossein from  
Privacy International bluntly declared that we should stop using  
transborder data flows as a Trojan horse for asking for data  
protection legislation in developing countries. He insisted that just  
having a data protection act is not enough and we should focus on  
capacity building for this countries.

The last session presented the Civil society declaration: Global  
Privacy Standards for a Global World, with the other representatives  
at the final panel (Ms. Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner,  
Canada, Mr. Jacob Kohnstamm, EU Article 29 Group Vice-Chairman and Mr.  
Rafael Garc?a Gozalo from the Spanish DPA) openly supporting the  

Live blogging from the event

Madrid anti-CCTV campaign (only on Spanish)

Global Privacy Standards for a Global World -The Civil Society Madrid  
Declaration (3.11.2009)

Event's programme (3.11.2009)

Tweeting on the event

Stavros Lambrinidis speech - video (3.11.2009)

Andreas Krisch - Data protection in the cloud (3.11.2009)

Meryem Merzouki - Privacy issues with EU Law Enforcement Cooperation  

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