On 1 July, FRA took part in the OSCE Human Dimension Committee session devoted to the ‘Promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism’ at the invitation of the Norwegian Chairmanship of the OSCE Human Dimension Committee.
As EU ministers meet to discuss the future of the EU’s policies on freedom, security and justice, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) outlines practical suggestions in its Annual report about how to ensure people in the EU can have their rights better protected. It also maps out the fundamental rights challenges and achievements that took place over the course of 2013.
FRA and the Council of Europe have launched a new edition of their successful practical guide to European data protection law and made it available in four other languages at the European conference of data protection authorities in Strasbourg on 5 June.
Following the revelations of large-scale data surveillance programmes, the European Parliament has called on FRA to carry out research into the protection of fundamental rights in the context of large-scale surveillance.
On 13-14 March, FRA presented the results of the FRA report on access to data protection remedies in EU Member States at a conference in Graz on ‘Shaping the Digital Environment – Ensuring our Rights on the Internet’.
While the European Union has achieved a great deal in the area of fundamental rights, the violations that take place demonstrate the fact that there is still much to be done, FRA Director Morten Kjaerum said at an international conference entitled What Europe stands for. Growth, jobs and rights: will the European Union rise to the occasion? on 14 March 2014 in Rome.
In recent times, law enforcement authorities increasingly use Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to combat serious crime and terrorism. The information is collected by air carriers for commercial and operational purposes in providing air transportation services.