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2018 has barely begun, and so has the fight to preserve net neutrality. January 3 was the first day of business in the California state legislature, and state Sen. Scott Wiener used it to introduce legislation to protect net neutrality for Californians. As the FCC has sought to abandon its role as the protector of a ...
Across the country, private companies are deploying vehicles mounted with automated license plate readers (ALPRs) to drive up and down streets to document the travel patterns of everyday drivers. These systems take photos of every license plate they see, tag them with time and location, and upload ...

In the first few weeks of 2017, just days after President Donald Trump took office, reports emerged that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of agriculture were instructing scientists on staff not to talk to the public or the press. The reports raised serious questions among open access ...
Platform safe harbors have been in the crosshairs of copyright industry lobbyists throughout 2017. All year EFF has observed them advancing their plans around the world to weaken or eliminate the legal protections that have enabled the operation of platforms as diverse as YouTube, the Internet Archive, ...
This year was once again active in terms of patent law and policy. Throughout it all, EFF worked to protect end user and innovator rights. We pushed for a rule that would end the Eastern District of Texas' unwarranted dominance as a forum for patent litigation. We also defended processes at the Patent ...
The latest on the Computer fraud and Abuse Act? It's still terrible. And this year, the detrimental impacts of the notoriously vague and outdated criminal computer crime statute showed themselves loud and clear. The statute lies at the heart of the Equifax breach, which might have been averted if our laws ...

EFF fights for technology users. We believe that empowering and protecting users should be baked into laws, policies, and court decisions, as well as into the technologies themselves. Since our founding in 1990, we have paired this goal with the common-sense recognition that in order to properly consider ...
EFF fights for technology users. We believe that empowering and protecting users should be baked into laws, policies, and court decisions, as well as into the technologies themselves. Since our founding in 1990, we have paired this goal with the common-sense recognition that in order to properly consider ...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just launched the Year End Challenge, the final opportunity to raise funds to protect online civil liberties and the open Internet before the end of 2017. If you donate today, you'll help EFF receive additional challenge grants totaling $39,350! EFF is a U.S. 501(c)(3) ...
Since last night, the debate over how to reauthorize certain NSA surveillance authorities has seen a whirlwind of activity, culminating in the major news that the House Rules Committee postponed a vote today to potentially expand NSA spying powers. As we wrote yesterday: "According to reports published ...
The House Judiciary Committee is about to decide whether to approve a new version [.pdf] of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865), a bill that would force online platforms to police their users' speech more closely. The new version of FOSTA improves a deeply ...
In 2017, major entertainment companies continued their quest for power to edit the Internet by blocking entire websites for copyright enforcement--and we've continued to push back. Website blocking is a particularly worrisome form of enforcement because it's a blunt instrument, always likely to censor ...
If 2016 was the year government hacking went mainstream, 2017 is the year government hacking played the Super Bowl halftime show. It's not Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear making headlines. This week, the Trump Administration publicly attributed the WannaCry ransomware attack to the Lazarus Group, ...
Of the many reasons why social media platforms should resist pressure to "voluntarily" censor their users, one stands out: history shows that they will do it badly, taking down valuable and lawful content in the name of enforcing community standards. The result: practical speech discrimination. facebook's ...
In the most illuminating part of last week's House subcommittee hearing on the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865), Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent Russ Winkler explained how he uses online platforms--particularly Backpage--to fight online ...
In a stern warning to the New Orleans City Council, the city's top police watchdog has criticized a plan to expand surveillance without also expanding oversight. The Office of Independent police Monitor (OIPM) warned that the city is on a path that may lead to abuse, racial discrimination, and fiscal waste.
Thrown last-minute into a torrent of competing legislation, a new bill meant to expand the NSA's broad surveillance powers is the most recent threat to American privacy. It increases who is subject to surveillance, allows warrantless search of American communications, expands how collected data can be ...

Washington, D.C. - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Department of Justice, the Department of commerce, and the Department of Homeland Security today, demanding records about the agencies' work on the federal Tattoo Recognition technology program. This secretive ...
After the 2016 U.S. election, the prospects for digital rights under the incoming administration seemed particularly grim. A silver lining in this dark cloud has been the concerted efforts we've seen by groups working to defend digital rights at the local level. Over the past year, a growing network of grassroots ...
Today we're launching a new version of Panopticlick, an EFF site which audits your browser privacy protection. Conceived to raise awareness about the threat of device fingerprinting, Panopticlick was extended in December 2015 to check for protection against tracking by ads and invisible beacons.
The fifth round of negotiations over a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) wound up last week in Mexico. Following ...
Millions of users are trying to protect their privacy from commercial tracking online, be it through their choice of browser, installation of ad and ...
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Reno v. ACLU, which, along with Section 230 of the Communications ...
In May, the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department seeking records "concerning the FBI's relationship with ...
Take the language of one NSA surveillance reauthorization bill and add a few strong reform proposals from another, and what do you get?
EFF filed this lawsuit against Global Equity Management (SA) Pty Ltd (GEMSA), an Australian company that sought to use foreign law to censor us from ...
Today, we heard from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about its plans to devastate Network Neutrality. Instead of responding ...
Three years ago, EFF exposed how hundreds of law enforcement agencies were putting families at risk by distributing free ComputerCOP ...
Consider this: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been going around talking about "responsible encryption" for some time now-- ...
Step onto any city street and you may find yourself subject to numerous forms of police surveillance--many imperceptible to the human eye.
A federal appeals court has issued an alarming ruling that significantly erodes the Constitution's protections for anonymous speakers--and ...
The "PreCheck" program is billed as a convenient service to allow U.S. travelers to "speed through security" at airports. However, the latest ...
Why on earth would the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation link arms with far-right-wing propagandists Breitbart News to wage war on an ...
The Department of Defense has broadened surveillance to encompass a new type of potential, U.S.-based threat but it has not publicly described the criteria it uses to evaluate the threat. According to documents revealed by Human Rights Watch through a Freedom of Information Request, the Department ...
Freedom of speech "presupposes that right conclusions are more likely to be gathered out of a multitude of tongues, than through any kind of ...
Do you want to know what it's like to be an open-source developer? Want to see how we work on Certbot behind the scenes? This Halloween ...
Many groups in the Electronic Frontier Alliance work to ensure that their neighbors have the tools they need to maintain control of their ...
A new bill introduced today in the Senate provides necessary protections from NSA surveillance programs. The USA rights Act, introduced by ...
Congress is poised to vote on extending or reforming NSA surveillance powers in the coming weeks, and one issue has risen to the forefront of ...
This week security researchers announced a newly discovered vulnerability dubbed KRACK, which affects several common security protocols ...
Professor Xiaoxing Xi, a physics professor with Temple University, was the subject of government surveillance under a FISA order. During ...
On the last day to act on legislation in 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill creating a firewall between the state's data and any ...
Professor Xiaoxing Xi, a physics professor with Temple University, was the subject of government surveillance under a FISA order. During ...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently filed suit against the government on behalf of ...
Facial recognition, fingerprinting, and retina scans--all of these and more could be extracted from travelers by the government at checkpoints ...
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last month issued a notice that it is storing social media information on immigrants, including ...
The ruthless efficiency with which the Spanish government censored the Internet ahead of the referendum on Catalonian independence ...
The ruthless efficiency with which the Spanish government censored the Internet ahead of the referendum on Catalonian independence ...
For some time, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been collecting and scrutinizing the social media of certain immigrants and ...
This report describes "Phish For The Future," an advanced persistent spearphishing campaign targeting digital civil liberties activists at Free ...


 

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