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Domain name registrar Namecheap has relaunched Move Your Domain Day, encouraging customers to raise money for online freedom with every domain move. Namecheap will donate up to $1.50 per domain transfer to the Electronic Frontier Foundation when customers switch to their service on March 6 ...
After the prosecution of a California doctor revealed the FBI's ties to a Best Buy Geek Squad computer repair facility in Kentucky, new documents released to EFF show that the relationship goes back years. The records also confirm that the FBI has paid Geek Squad employees as informants. EFF filed a ...

We're happy to be returning to the 16th Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE), where you can find the EFF table in the expo hall all weekend. We're offering member special rates and unique EFF shwag for donation. Come say hi! More information about SCALe here: SCaLE 16X - the 16th annual ...
With copyright being abused to shut down innovation and speech, and copyright terms lasting for generations, fair use is more important than ever. Without fair use, we'd see less creativity. We'd see less news reporting and commentary. And we'd see far less innovation. Fair use allows people to use ...
On March 8, trade representatives from eleven Pacific rim countries including Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Australia are expected to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The agreement has been slimmed ...
Crocker, a staff attorney now in his fifth year with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has helped with the EFF's Who Has Your Back? report, which informs readers about how online service providers handle their users' data. He's a key attorney involved with a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case that brings a ...

In a victory for journalism and fair use, Playboy Entertainment has given up on its lawsuit against Happy Mutants, LLC, the company behind Boing Boing. Earlier this month, a federal court dismissed Playboy's claims but gave Playboy permission to try again with a new complaint, if it could dig up some new ...
This month's Stupid Patent shows what happens when the patent system strays outside its proper boundaries. US Patent No. 8,706,513 describes a "fungible basket of investment grade gems" for use in "financial instruments." In other words, it's a rating and trading system that attempts to turn diamonds into ...
The bill passed today 388-25 by the U.S. House of Representatives marks an unprecedented push towards Internet censorship, and does nothing to fight sex traffickers. H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), allows for private lawsuits and criminal prosecutions ...
Today Google launched a new version of its Chrome browser with what they call an "ad filter"--which means that it sometimes blocks ads but is not an "ad blocker." EFF welcomes the elimination of the worst ad formats. But Google's approach here is a band-aid response to the crisis of trust in advertising ...
Rejecting years of settled precedent, a federal court in New York has ruled [PDF] that you could infringe copyright simply by embedding a tweet in a web page. Even worse, the logic of the ruling applies to all in-line linking, not just embedding tweets. If adopted by other courts, this legally and technically ...
John Perry Barlow (1947-2018), a poet and Internet philosopher, was a cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a member of our Board of Directors from 1990 until his death. Barlow's passion for life, liberty, and human connection brought him in contact with a staggering range of people and made him an ...
With a broken heart I have to announce that EFF's founder, visionary, and our ongoing inspiration, John Perry Barlow, passed away quietly in his sleep this morning. We will miss Barlow and his wisdom for decades to come, and he will always be an integral part of EFF. It is no exaggeration to say that major ...
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched its "Catalog of Missing Devices"--a project that illustrates the gadgets that could and should exist, if not for bad copyright laws that prevent innovators from creating the cool new tools that could enrich our lives. "The law that is supposed ...
If you watched this year's Super Bowl, you might have seen an advertisement for Dodge Ram featuring a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. voiceover. To criticize the ad, and to show how antithetical it was to King's views, Current Affairs magazine created a new version. The altered version overlays audio from ...
In a country where press freedom is already under grave threat, the revocation of an independent publication's license to operate and a proposed amendment to the Bill of rights are pushing journalists further into the margins. While the Constitution of The Philippines guarantees press freedom and the ...
EFF has been working on multiple fronts to end a widespread violation of digital liberty--warrantless searches of travelers' electronic devices at the border. government policies allow border agents to search and confiscate our cell phones, tablets, and laptops at airports and border crossings for no reason, ...

Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in May 2018, and with it, a new set of tough penalties for companies that fail to adequately protect the personal data of European users. Amongst those affected are domain name registries and registrars, who are required by ICANN, ...
A huge range of expressive works--including books, documentaries, televisions shows, and songs--depict real people. Should celebrities have a veto right over speech that happens to be about them? A case currently before the California Court of Appeal raises this question. In this case, actor Olivia de ...
EFF supports S.B. 712, a California bill that would allow drivers to cover their plates when they're parked. This simple privacy measure would create an opportunity for drivers to protect sensitive information about their travel and whereabouts from mass collection by law enforcement and private data brokers ...
Los Angeles, California--Playboy Entertainment's lawsuit accusing acclaimed website Boing Boing of copyright infringement--for doing nothing more than reporting on a historical collection of Playboy centerfolds--is groundless and should be thrown out, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told a ...
The Electronic Frontier Foundation urged the Supreme Court today to hold that Microsoft cannot be forced by the U.S. government to disclose the contents of users' emails stored on the company's computers in Dublin, Ireland. The stakes for user privacy in the court's decision are extremely high.
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and mobile security company Lookout have uncovered a new malware espionage campaign infecting thousands of people in more than 20 countries. Hundreds of gigabytes of data has been stolen, primarily through mobile devices compromised by ...
Communities across the United States are considering strategies to protect residents' access to information and their right to privacy. These experiments have a long history, but a new wave of activists have been inspired to seek a local response to federal setbacks to Internet freedom, such as the FCC's ...
We're taking part in copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of copyright law and policy, and addressing what's at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that ...
When the San Diego police targeted black children for DNA collection without their parents' knowledge in 2016, it highlighted a critical loophole in California law. Now, State Assemblymember Gonzalez Fletcher has introduced legislation--A.B. 1584--that would ensure cops cannot stop-and-swab youth ...
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a new policy on border searches of electronic devices that's full of loopholes and vague language and that continues to allow agents to violate travelers' constitutional rights. Although the new policy contains a few improvements over rules first published ...
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 ...
On January 25th, Reuters reported that software companies like McAfee, SAP, and Symantec allow Russian authorities to review their source code, and that "this practice potentially jeopardizes the security of computer networks in at least a dozen federal agencies." The article goes on to explain what ...
President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address last night was remarkable for two reasons: for what he said, and for what he didn't say. The president took enormous pride last night in claiming to have helped "extinguish ISIS from the face of the Earth." But he failed to mention that Congress passed ...
Last week AT&T has decided it's good business to advocate for an "Internet Bill of rights." Of course, that catchy name doesn't in any way mean that what AT&T wants is a codified list of rights for Internet users. No, what AT&T wants is to keep a firm hold on the gains it has made in the last year at the ...
San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched its "Catalog of Missing Devices"--a project that illustrates the gadgets that could and should exist, if not for bad copyright laws that prevent innovators from creating the cool new tools that could enrich our lives. "The law that is supposed ...
As the sixth round of talks over a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) kicks off in Montreal, Canada, this week, EFF has joined with 15 other organizations and 39 academic experts to send the negotiators an open letter [PDF] about the importance of platform safe harbor rules, a topic ...
Last year we witnessed the elimination of critical privacy and network neutrality protections in the broadband market. But these moves would be less dangerous if we were able to vote with our wallets, and choose a provider that respected our privacy and didn't engage in unfair data discrimination.
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 ...


 

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