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The District Court in Warsaw (Appellate Division) upheld its interim measures ruling from 2019 in which it temporarily prohibited Facebook from removing fan pages, run by the Polish NGO “SIN”, on Facebook and Instagram, as well as from blocking individual posts. This means that – until the case is decided – SIN’s activists may carry out their drugs-related education on the platform without concerns that they will suddenly lose the possibility to communicate with their audience. The decision is now final. What does it mean on the broader scale?

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We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, when it comes to the ePrivacy Regulati


On 22 March 2021, a group of journalists and activists published a letter they had received from the non-existent “Agency of National Security” on their social media profiles, informing them that they were subject to surveillance. The letter was accompanied by a message notifying them that it is part of a campaign launched by EDRi member Panoptykon Foundation that aims to demonstrate the problem of unscrutinised powers of intelligence agencies.


The Digital Freedom Fund prepared an animation explaining the SIN versus Facebook case, in which Panoptykon Foundation fights against private censorship online. WATCH


Polish government's proposal for a new law on "protecting free speech of social media users" introduces data retention, a new, questionable definition of “unlawful content”, and an oversight body (Free Speech Council) that is likely to be politically compromised. In this context, “Surveillance and Censorship Act” would be a more accurate name.


AI systems will soon determine our rights and freedoms, shape our economic situation and physical wellbeing, affect market behaviour and natural environment. With the hype for ‘problem-solving’ AI, claims for (more) accountability in this field are gaining urgency. Summary of the IGF 2020 session: Aiming for AI explainability: lessons from the field.

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Our new report: To Track or Not to Track? Towards Privacy-friendly and Sustainable Online Advertising shows that it’s actually possible to reform the ad tech industry without bankrupting online publishers. But in order to make that happen, EU policymakers must create a regulatory push by enforcing the GDPR and adopting new rules which would incentivise the uptake of alternatives.


Dutch Foundation The Privacy Collective has sued tech giants Oracle and Salesforce for their online advertising practices. In the Netherlands alone, these two companies are processing millions of people’s data in a manner that is not GDPR compliant. Panoptykon stands with The Privacy Collective in wanting this case to go to court so that the companies can be held accountable.


In our submission to the DSA consultation, we propose a set of measures aimed at addresing the troubling societal and individual costs generated by business models of large online platforms.


Katarzyna Szymielewicz participated in the Webinar “Privacy & Tracing Apps – Why Standards Matter” organized by Alexandra Geese (MEP). Recording now available via YouTube.