In the press

29 April 2021

EU commission calls Frontex its new 'Return Agency'

An article in EUobserver on the EU's Voluntary Return and Reintegration Strategy cites a European Commission document that was recently published by Statewatch.

19 April 2021

Why EU needs to be wary that AI will increase racial profiling

An opinion piece in EUobserver cites a Statewatch article warning of the dangers of reproducing racist and other discriminatory biases by using "artificial intelligence" technologies in policing.

21 March 2021

EU-Staaten bremsen bei neuen Kompetenzen für Europol

An article for the Austrian news outlet, Radio FM4, refers to a document leaked by Statewatch about the expansion of Europol's powers. Some of these new competencies have encountered considerable resistance in the Council of Ministers.

10 February 2021

Frontex is een oncontroleerbaar beest geworden

An article in De Groene Amsterdammer refers to Statewatch's report Deportation Union to highlight the inflation of Frontex's powers, even as human rights are systematically ignored.

31 January 2021

Europa financió una 'máquina de la verdad' y prepara una base de datos con información biométrica de 400 millones de personas para proteger sus fronteras, pero no todos están de acuerdo

Business Insider provides a write-up of a panel 'New Police Surveillance Technologies: Combatting the Science Fiction Collectively – A Civil Society Perspective' at the Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference, in which Statewatch participated.

21 January 2021

Frontex’s growing pains

An article in Politico recounts the problems facing Frontex, the EU's border agency - botched recruitment procedures, accusations of involvement in fundamental rights violations and allegations of harassment within the agency. The article cites an internal Council document published by Statewatch in 2020.

19 January 2021

E-Privacy-Verordnung: EU-Ratsspitze will breiteren Datenzugriff zulassen

An article in Heise cites a Council of the EU document published by Statewatch. The document - and the article - concern the Portuguese Council Presidency's attempts to breathe new life into negotiations on the e-Privacy Regulation.

18 January 2021

Frontex spent €94,000 on a dinner in Warsaw

An article in EUobserver on some lavish expenditure by EU border agency Frontex includes a quote from our Director, Chris Jones.

18 January 2021

Frontex and Europol pledge greater access to documents

An article in EUobserver covering our succesful complaints to the European Ombudsman about Frontex's and Europol's failure to maintain public registers of documents.

29 December 2020

EU border agency says biometrics interoperability framework includes robust safeguards

An article in Biometric Update covers Statewatch's critical report of the Common Identity Repository (CIR) project, which will collect biometric information on both European citizens and non-Europeans who need a short-term visa, and on third-country nationals exempted from the visa requirements.

09 November 2020

EU inches closer to ban on end-to-end encryption

An article in ITPro refers to a Council document released to the public by Statewatch, which reveals the long-standing nature of the EU's sought "balance" between robust security and ease of access for law enforcement.

06 October 2020

Europol charts ‘value of accessing data’ in encrypted cybercrime

An article in Euractiv refers to a Council document obtained and released to the public by Statewatch on the need to create ‘legal solutions’ that would facilitate the police in their ongoing investigations of encrypted communications networks.

27 August 2020

Greece has a deadly new migration policy – and all of Europe is to blame

An article in The Guardian on the EU's border push-backs of migrants conducted by Greece includes a reference to Statewatch's 2020 report Deportation Union.

17 February 2020

EU agrees to deploy warships to enforce Libya arms embargo

An article in The Guardian refers to an internal EU memo that was released to the public by Statewatch concerning the operation to come into force as the mission to save migrants and refugees is scaled down.

12 June 2019

La 5G provoque un vent de panique au sein des services de sécurité européens

The front-page article of Le Monde's printed edition was based on a Statewatch analysis. The article discusses restricted documents from Europol and the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator on the ways that 5G technology will negatively affect the wiretapping abilites of law enforcement agencies.

 

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