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19. July 2024

🇬🇧Mozilla's Firefox browser now collects data for the advertising industry without asking us. blog.privacyguides.org/2024/07

I am asking questions and am considering lodging a complaint.

The user's personal browsing behaviour is highly sensitive and nobody's business, including Mozilla!

19. July 2024

🇩🇪Ohne uns zu fragen und undurchsichtig sammelt Mozilla's Firefox-Browser jetzt Daten für die Werbeindustrie. netzpolitik.org/2024/privatsph

Ich stelle Fragen dazu und erwäge Beschwerde.

Unser Internetnutzungsverhalten ist hochsensibel und geht niemanden etwas an, auch nicht den Browserhersteller!

17. July 2024

🇬🇧Clear message from the European Ombudsman: The Commission's claim that the US foundation Thorn, which sells algorithms, did not want to lobby it, ‘appears far removed from reality.’ ombudsman.europa.eu/en/decisio

17. July 2024

🇩🇪Klare Ansage der Europäischen Bürgerbeauftragten: Dass die US-Stiftung Thorn, die Algorithmen zur verkauft, laut EU-Kommission nicht habe lobbyieren wollen, "scheint weit von der Realität entfernt zu sein.“ ombudsman.europa.eu/de/decisio

17. July 2024

🇬🇧After five years, the work of my great team and myself in the European Parliament has come to an end.

It has been an honor to fight for your rights!

Now more than ever we'll need . Please join civil liberties organizations like and your national @edri members: edri.org/about-us/our-network/

Patrick Breyer Digital freedom fighter and former Member of European Parliament for the German and the European Pirate Party

Europe’s voice of privacy and the free Internet

About me

I passionately defend human rights in the age of the digital revolution.
I have been active in the civil liberties movement for many years. In court I successfully contested the first German law on data retention and the law on access to subscriber data. I have sued for Internet surfers’ privacy and achieved access to information regarding Court documents in the EU Commission’s possession.

In the European Parliament, as a member of the Greens/European Free Alliance group, I worked on issues including indiscriminate messaging and chat control, European Digital Identity, European space for health data (EHDS) and privacy in electronic communications (ePrivacy) – more of my former responsibilities here.

Latest Posts

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Digital Euro? A Bad Proposal!

05.06.2024: The Commission proposes to create a digital Euro with mandatory identification, holding limits, and payment limits. Every online payment, no matter how small, would be traceable. I discussed how this jeopardises our right to priv...

Julian Assange: Germany has to say and something!

20.05.2023: Today the UK High Court may greenlight the extradition of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for exposing war crimes. Then his fate will be in the hands of the UK Home Secretary James Cleverly and the US President. We need to contin...

Julian Assange to be extradited? Keep up the pressure on the UK!

08.05.2024: Only two weeks to the extradition decision: We must build pressure on the UK to Free Assange NOW, explains Stella Assange in this video.

Julian Assange: Intimidating the press to keep us ignorant

03.05.2024: On Press Freedom Day, it's a disgrace for the West that Julian #Assange remains in prison for his unwelcome revelations! "Intimidating the press is to keep us ignorant" Stella Assange told me. Only transparency will allow us to control...

EU restrictions on cash payments: Hands off our cash!

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange: Will Europe break its silence?

26.02.2024: On 26 February, we Pirates and our parliamentary group voted on whether the "Extradition and prosecution of Julian Assange and its impact on press freedom" should be discussed this week.

EU to make interconnected electronic patient records mandatory for all citizens

EU Parliament doesn't want Chat Control! What next?

#ChatControl: The way out

Real child protection is possible without data retention!

29.09.2023: The Polish Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice recommends weakening jurisdiction and using data retention to prosecute file-sharers. First the killer argument "child protection" and now all dams break to track down petty crimin...

Banning TikTok is not enough to stop the surveillance capitalist business model!

18.09.2023: The €345 million fine against Tik Tok for violating children's privacy is right and way overdue, but much more needs to follow, as I have recently criticised. https://politico.eu/article/tiktok-fine-social-media-china-violate-children-...

Digital Education: How is the EU helping?

Amazing #AIAct victory: EU Parliament just voted to fully ban real-time #facialrecognition in Europe!


Data retention: Myths and Facts

Pirates sailing together in the European Parliament

My priorities for Europe

Protecting human rights in the digital age


Right to privacy instead of mass surveillance and data retention – because it is nobody’s business, with whom you are in contact and which websites you visit.


Right to the free exchange of information and opinions – so that nobody censors or filters what you are allowed to read and write on the Internet.


Modern, fair copyright law – so that you can no longer be cashed in by lawyers.


Free software and free knowledge – because projects and ideas get better when everyone can work on them.


Right to free movement – because reintroducing border controls in Europe is the wrong way to go.

Update for Europe

As the “Robin Hood of politics” we want to give power back to the citizens


Disclosure of contacts between lobbyists and politicians in order to curb the influence of business on politics.


Publication of official documents instead of secret agreements (e.g. TTIP).


Citizen participation and direct democracy instead of backroom politics behind closed doors.


Protection instead of prosecution of whistleblowers.


Rule of law for everyone instead of private arbitration courts for corporations.