AKVorrat presents itself for the first time in the Audimax of the University of Vienna, which is occupied on the occasion of student protests (#unibrennt).
Official founding of the association "Arbeitskreis Vorratsdaten Österreich (AKVorrat)"
Austria adopts a law implementing the EU Data Retention Directive (2006/24 / EC).
Start of the citizens' initiative zeichnemit.at - The aim is the abolition of the EU Data Retention Directive (VDS) and the evaluation and withdrawal of existing terror laws. The Austrian government is asked to become active in the EU Council of Ministers.
Hand over of 4,500 signatures on paper against data retention to the Austrian Parliament and start of the online phase of the initiative Zeichnemit.at.
National implementation of the EU Data Retention Directive in Austria enters into force. Start of the constitutional complaint against the data retention (verfassungsklage.at).
Final handling of the citizens' initiative in parliament: No positioning of the government against data retention.
Start of the procedure for the future of the Data Retention Directive at the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
EU Commission presents its plans for a Digital Single Market. This also includes regulations for net neutrality.
Launch of SavetheInternet.eu campaign to maintain net neutrality in Europe.
ECJ Advocate General Pedro Cruz Villalón publishes in his conclusions the fundamental-legal criticism of the directive.
European Parliament decides, with a large majority, on strong protection of net neutrality. The SaveTheInternet.eu campaign was able to achieve its goal!
ECJ declares the EU Data Retention Directive (2006/24 / EC) unconstitutional. It was a historic judgment: for the first time in Europe, a directive has been repealed in its entirety and not only in individual provisions.
Public hearing at the Austrian Constitutional Court. Abolition of data retention in Austria!
Launched the project HEAT (Handbook for the Evaluation of Anti-Terror Laws) with the aim to create the basis for a surveillance total bill and to establish a comprehensive impact assessment for security laws.
Draft for the establishment of an uncontrollable secret service - Police State Security Act (PStSG) - is published.
AKVorrat issues a very extensive critical statement on the state protection law in the appraisal procedure.
Start of the campaign "Stop the state protection law".
EU Parliament adopts net neutrality law. It contains some unclear regulations that could endanger a free and open Internet. The SavetheInternet.eu campaign now focuses on the European regulators (BEREC), which are responsible for drawing up the transposition directive.
Police State Security Act (PStSG) is voted in. The criticism of 30,078 signatories to our petition "Stop the State Protection Law", as well as those numerous institutions that have jointly resisted the establishment of a domestic intelligence service, falls upon deaf ears.
Austrian Ministry of Justice presents plans for the use of state espionage software (Bundestrojaner).
AKVorrat publishes a damning statement on the plans to introduce a federal trojan (state espionage software).
Consultation process for the draft of the net neutrality implementation guidelines starts.
Parliamentary clubs of the Freedom party and the Greens bring in a constitutional complaint lodged by experts of the AKVorrat against the police state protection law at the Constitutional Court (VfGH).
The Minister of Justice admits, even during an ongoing action in front of his ministry, that the proposal for the introduction of a state trojan has serious flaws and that - in the face of criticism - he will not pursue this proposal further.
The state protection law comes into force.
Overwhelming success of the SavetheInternet.eu campaign: more than 500,000 comments pro net neutrality The campaign was joined by 23 NGOs from 14 countries. Not least of all, they received support from the inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee. The final guidelines strengthen the free and open internet in Europe..
Version 1.1 of HEAT is published. The world's first implementation of the concept of a surveillance total bill has been created.
AKVorrat becomes epicenter.works.. The new brand is an expression of the broader spectrum of content that the organization works on.
epicenter.works is clearly positioning itself against the surveillance package proposed by the Minister of the Interior, Wolfgang Sobotka, which includes numerous new fundamental rights infringements, including old government projects such as data retention or the Federal Trojan (surveillance of Internet-based communication). We organize a demonstration in front of the Federal Chancellery within 24 hours.
epicenter.works publishes a proposal by Minister of the Interior to restrict the right to demonstrate. Numerous NGOs and individuals from civil society, including epicenter.works, call for the resignation of the Minister of the Interior, Wolfgang Sobotka.
The campaign ueberwachungspaket.at against the surveillance plans of the federal government is started by epicenter.works. Numerous NGOs supported the campaign from the beginning. Ueberwachungspaket.at provides a simple telephone tool that makes it as easy as possible for citizens to get in touch with their deputies and ministers.
German Telekom is presenting its StreamOn service, which, according to epicenter.works, clearly violates the EU Network Neutrality Ordinance. We publish a first analysis on netzpolitik.org.
A law restricting the freedom of assembly and introducing a basic convictions offense (STGB amendment 2017) is presented in Austria. epicenter.works issues opinions on both laws in the review process.
epicenter.works calls for a ban on state spy software.
Foreign Minister Kurz calls for new elections, after which Chancellor Kern announces the "free play of the forces" in parliament. epicenter.works sees this as an opportunity to protect our fundamental rights and bring down the surveillance package.
We submit a comprehensive analysis of the StreamOn tariff to the Federal Network Agency.
Bill Binney, the NSA's former technical director, comes to Vienna on our invitation and strongly criticizes the planned surveillance package.
The "Stop the surveillance package!" campaign is successful. According to the National Security Council, the Minister of the Interior Sobotka declared plans for seamless surveillance in Austria to have failed. The association brings a lawsuit against the Minister after he repeatedly says: "Everybody inside and outside of Parliament, who is against these legal adjustments, plans an attack on the safety of Austrians."
The Austrian Constitutional Court of Justice publishes its findings on the complaint against the state protection law. Although this brings some important guidelines on how the law is to be applied, in substance the result is sobering.
Only 24 hours after the presentation of the program of the new government coalition, epicenter.works publishes a comprehensive analysis of all data rights relevant passages. The conclusion is damning: more surveillance and less privacy.
With the data privacy amendment law "Inneres", the first network policy law of the new federal government, a series of new data protection laws is established. These new laws are extremely problematic from a fundamental rights perspective. epicenter.works establishes itself as one of the most critical voices in the public debate.
The Austrian implementation of the (probably illegal) EU Passenger Name Record Directive goes far beyond the requirements of the Union. In a statement epicenter.works criticizes the Austrian government's extension of data retention beyond the mandate to intra-European flights.
The legislative plans for the new edition of the surveillance package are available. The rally organized by epicenter.works is attended by representatives of all opposition parties.
The Data Protection Adaptation Act Science and Research aims to enable the transfer of personal data from public registers to research-intensive companies. epicenter.works makes this a widely discussed topic.
The campaign website www.ueberwachungspaket.at allows concerned citizens to easily agree to critical comments on the surveillance package. In total, more than 5,000 approvals were received by Parliament.
Since the government does not allow a public hearing on the surveillance package, the opposition parties organize their own. Angelika Adensamer appears there as an expert of the association. In the National Council, the surveillance package is voted in by the votes of the government. Although some improvements have been made, the measures still remain a major threat to democracy and IT security.
Coordinated by epicenter.works, 13 NGOs respond to the consultation with the Portuguese regulator ANACOM. In Portugal, mobile operators are violating net neutrality with their zero-rating offerings.
The draft of the Law on the Amendment of Aliens Law contains numerous measures contrary to fundamental rights. epicenter.works criticizes, among other things, the plans for a "digital house search" of the electronic devices carried by those seeking protection.
epicenter.works criticizes the government's plans to use sensitive health data to automatically detect insurance fraud with a "risk and conspicuousness analysis tool".
Analyzing the changes to 128 laws, epicenter.works notes that the government is opening a large number of backdoors when implementing the EU Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Existing laws should only be adapted to EU rules and ensure a high standard.
epicenter.works organizes rallies throughout Austria against upload filters and ancillary copyright as well as for a modern copyright reform on the #SaveYourInternet action day.
In a vote on copyright reform, the European Parliament votes in favor of upload filter and ancillary copyright. epicenter.works raises the alarm and warns against censorship and limited media diversity.
epicenter.works prevents the introduction of a new form of data retention through the back door, which was envisaged in the amendment of the Telecommunications Act.
In an open letter, epicenter.works and more than 20 other organizations turn to Ministers Blümel and Hofer, calling for swift negotiations on the ePrivacy Directive during the Austrian EU Council Presidency.