Welcome to the monthly newsletter of the European Pirates in the European Parliament.

Edition #1 / 2024

Welcome to the newsletter of the European Pirates in the European Parliament.

Here, we update you about the work of Pirate Party MEPs Marcel Kolaja, Marketá Gregorová and Mikuláš Peksa from the Czech Republic and Patrick Breyer from Germany in the European Parliament.

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EU Elections: PPEU nominates Spitzenkandidaten

At the general assembly in Luxembourg, the European Pirate Party (PPEU) officially nominated Marcel Kolaja (PPCZ) and Anja Hirschel (PPDE) as Spitzenkandidaten for the upcoming European Parliament elections.

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Police data sharing: “Prüm II” lacks safeguards

MEPs approved the trilogue outcome of the regulation for automated data exchange for police cooperation (“Prüm II”). Pirate Party Members of the European Parliament voted against.

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AI Act threatens to introduce facial surveillance in EU

In the final stages of negotiations on the Artificial Intelligence Act, the limitation of facial recognition tech to serious criminal offenses has been dropped. Pirate Party MEPs warn against the introduction of biometric mass surveillance in Europe.

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Video: MEP Gregorová on China's oppression against minorities

In her plenary speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pirate Party MEP Markéta Gregorová addresses China's long history of oppression against minorities and the absence of sanctions from the European Union.

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#ChatControl: Lobby wants to break encryption further

Lobby documents from Thorn, a surveillance-tech provider, revealed EU Commission's collaboration with foreign organizations to propose mandatory scanning of private messages for suspicious content, including undermining end-to-end encryption.
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Pirates vote against #ChatControl 1.0 extension

MEPs supported a one-year extension of the temporary derogation from the ePrivacy Directive - "Chat Control 1.0". Pirate Party MEPs have long advocated against this error-prone and arbitrary technolog

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EHDS: EU Parliament opposes mandatory patient records

MEPs voted in favor of creating a "European Health Data Space" and the collection of citizens' medical treatment information in an electronic health records system. A Pirate initiative will allow citizens to object to the collection of their health data.

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#ChatControl: EU Ombudsman launches Europol investigation

Following a complaint by Patrick Breyer, Pirate Party MEP, the EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has announced that she has opened an investigation into the transfer of two former Europol officials to the chat control surveillance tech provider Thorn. 

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Press contacts:

Nikolaus Riss (DE/EN)
+43 6769694000 // +32 472593129

Tomáš Polák (CZ/EN)
+42 0728035059
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