DFF supports strategic litigation to advance digital rights in Europe, by providing financial support for strategic court cases and catalysing collaboration between those working to advance digital rights.
Strategic litigation – litigation with broad impact and which can bring about legislative or policy change – has proven to be a crucial lever to protect human rights in the digital realm. The case studies provided here illustrate some of the important digital rights work of our grantees, which DFF is proud to support.
Women’s rights website blocked in Spain
Litigation challenging website censorship and demanding that access to sexual and reproductive health services be recognised as a key part of the right to information in Spain.
Intrusive impacts of remote proctoring by universities in Germany
Litigation against universities in Germany to stop the processing of personal data through automated online proctoring software.
COVID-19 apps in Europe violating data protection and privacy
Cross-jurisdictional litigation action to stop the use of COVID-19 apps that do not respect people’s rights to privacy and data protection.
Sharing of health data by German public health insurance providers
Litigation to improve security standards and shorten retention periods for sharing of health data by insurance providers with research institutions.
UK Home Office visa application streaming algorithm
Foxglove and JCWI successfully challenged the UK Home Office, stopping use of a discriminatory algorithm used to stream visa applications.
Secret, targeted surveillance in Hungary
HCLU are taking legal action to pressure Hungary’s government to put in place adequate measures for individuals to find out about or challenge unwarranted surveillance against them/to which they have been.