Our history

2009
Dec

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).

2010
Feb

Official foundation of the association "Arbeitskreis Vorratsdaten Österreich (AKVorrat)"

2011
Apr

Austria adopts a law implementing the EU Data Retention Directive (2006/24 / EC).

Oct

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.

Nov

Handover of 4,500 signatures on paper against data retention to the Austrian Parliament and start of the online phase of the initiative Zeichnemit.at.

2012
Apr

National implementation of the EU Data Retention Directive in Austria enters into force. Start of the constitutional complaint against the data retention (verfassungsklage.at).

2013
Jan

Final handling of the citizens' initiative in parliament: No positioning of the government against data retention.

Jul

Start of the procedure for the future of the Data Retention Directive at the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Sep

EU Commission presents its plans for a Digital Single Market. This also includes regulations for net neutrality.

Dec

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.

2014
Apr

European Parliament decides with a large majority 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. Historical judgment: For the first time in Europe a directive has been repealed in its entirety and not only in individual provisions. 

Jun

Public hearing at the Austrian Constitutional Court. Abolition of data retention in Austria!

2015
Jan

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.

Mar

Draft for the establishment of an uncontrollable secret service - Police State Security Act (PStSG) - is published.

May

Start of the campaign "Stop the state protection law".

Oct

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.

2016
Jan

Police State Security Act (PStSG) is voted in. The criticism of 30,078 signatories in our petition "Stop the State Protection Law" falls upon deaf ears as well as those numerous institutions that have jointly resisted the establishment of a domestic intelligence service.

Mar

Austrian Ministry of Justice presents plans for the use of state espionage software (Bundestrojaner).

Apr

AKVorrat publishes a damning statement on the plans to introduce a federal trojan (state espionage software).

Jun

Consultation process ffor 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 he will not - in the face of criticism - pursue this proposal further.

Jul

The state protection law comes into force.

Aug

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..

Sep

Version 1.1 of HEAT is published. The world's first implementation of the concept of surveillance total bill has been created.

Dec

AKVorrat becomes epicenter.works.. The new brand is an expression of the broader content spectrum that the organization is now working on.

2017
Jan

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 interventions, 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.

Feb

epicenter.works publishes the proposal to restrict the right to demonstrate by Minister of the Interior Sobotka. Numerous NGOs and individuals from civil society, including epicenter.works, call for the resignation of the Minister of the Interior, Wolfgang Sobotka.

Mar

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.

Apr

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 criminal basic convictions offense (STGB amendment 2017) is presented in Austria. epicenter.works issues opinions on both laws in the review process.

May

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.

Jun

Managing Director Thomas Lohninger of epicenter.works speaks at the shareholders' meeting of Deutsche Telekom about the serious consequences of the violation of network neutrality by StreamOn.

We organize the Austria-wide day of action "Stop the surveillance package!".

Jul

The oncrete plans for the surveillance package are announced. epicenter.works develops a new tool that allows concerned citizens to easily submit comments to parliament or relevant ministries. A total of more than 9,000 comments on the legislative proposals are being submitted.

Aug

Bill Binney, the NSA's former technical director, comes to Vienna on our invitation and strongly criticizes the planned surveillance package.

Sep

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."

Dec

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.

2018
Jan

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, which are extremely problematic from a fundamental rights perspective. epicenter.works establishes itself as one of the most critical voices in the public debate.

Feb

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 extensions of the data retention 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.

Mar

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.

Apr

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.

May

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" among those seeking protection.

Jun

First measures of the surveillance package come into force.

epicenter.works criticizes the government's plans to use sensitive health data to automatically detect insurance fraud with a "risk and conspicuousness analysis tool".

Aug

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). Actually, 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 and for a modern copyright reform on the #SaveYourInternet action day.

Sep

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.

Oct

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.

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