On 28-29 October, FRA took part in the Supervision Coordination Group meetings of the large-scale IT border management systems, Eurodac, SIS II (Schengen Information System) and VIS (Visa Information System).
FRA took part in a panel debate on data protection authorities and mass surveillance, as part of the 3rd data network policy conference (‘Daten.Netz.Politik’) that took place in Vienna on 20 September.
Web-based activities, including social media, account for most data protection violations, according to FRA research into data protection remedies published earlier this year. While people rarely turn to courts to seek redress, a student has recently launched a collective redress lawsuit against Facebook, accusing the social network of violating data protection law and supporting America's National Security Agency activities.
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.