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Clearview’s Faceprinting is Not Sheltered from Biometric Privacy Litigation by the First Amendment

Clearview’s Faceprinting is Not Sheltered from Biometric Privacy Litigation by the First Amendment

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItThe full weight of U.S. policing has descended upon protesters across the country as people take to the streets to denounce the police killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and countless others who have been subjected to police violence. Along with riot shields, tear gas, and other crowd control measures...Updated as of 11/5/2020: This blog post has been updated with a statement from Amazon in regards to the pilot program described in the . You can find their response at the bottom of the page. This is...

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Nov 5
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No Police Body Cams Without Strict Safeguards

No Police Body Cams Without Strict Safeguards

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEFF opposes police Body Worn Cameras (), unless they come with strict safeguards to ensure they actually promote officer accountability without surveilling the public. Police already have surveillance technologies, and deploy them all too frequently against people of color and protesters. We have taken this approach since 2015, when we a federal grant to the LAPD for purchase of BWCs, because the LAPD failed to adopt necessary safeguards about camera activation, public access to footage, officer misuse of footage,...

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Nov 3
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No to Expanded HHS Surveillance of COVID-19 Patients

No to Expanded HHS Surveillance of COVID-19 Patients

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe federal government plans to process more of our personal data, in the name of containing COVID-19, but without showing that this serious privacy intrusion would actually do anything to protect public health. EFF filed comments in to these new plans from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) leads our nation’s efforts to contain infectious diseases. Thus, CDC for decades has the federal government’s processing of personal data about infection. It during...

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Aug 17
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No to Blockchain Credentials of COVID-19 Test Results for Entry to Public Spaces

No to Blockchain Credentials of COVID-19 Test Results for Entry to Public Spaces

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItAn ill-conceived California bill endorses a blockchain-based system that would turn COVID-19 test results into permanent records that could be used to grant access to public places.EFF and ACLU California . The newest version of this bill would create a pilot program for using “verifiable health credentials” to report COVID-19 and other medical test results. The bill defines such a credential as “a portable electronic patient record,” for which authenticity “can be independently verified cryptographically.” The...

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Aug 6
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Sen. Merkley Leads on Biometric Privacy

Sen. Merkley Leads on Biometric Privacy

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItBusinesses across the world are harvesting and monetizing our biometrics without our knowledge or consent. For example, extracted faceprints from three billion people, and now it sells face-matching services to police departments. Likewise, use face surveillance to identify customers they deem more likely than others to engage in shoplifting, often based on error-prone, racially biased criminal justice data. Other businesses profit on tracking of our fingerprints, iris scans, and other biometrics.So it is great...

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Aug 4
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Maine Broadband Privacy Law Passes Early First Amendment Test

Maine Broadband Privacy Law Passes Early First Amendment Test

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWhen you send an email or browse the web, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may track what sites you visit and when, as well as any unencrypted information you read or send. So requires ISPs to get their customers’ opt-in consent before using or disclosing this and other personal information. ISPs would rather harvest and monetize your data without restraint, so they filed a poorly conceived First Amendment against this Maine law. EFF filed an in support of the privacy law, along with ACLU, ACLU of Maine, and...

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Jul 9
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You Have a First Amendment Right to Record the Police

You Have a First Amendment Right to Record the Police

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItLike the rest of the world, we are horrified by the videos of George Floyd’s murder. Once again, police brutality was documented by brave bystanders exercising their First Amendment rights. Their videos forcefully tell a painful truth that has further fueled a movement to demand an end to racism and abuse of power by police officers.Recordings of police officers, whether by witnesses to an incident with officers, individuals who are themselves interacting with officers, or by members of the press, are an invaluable...

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Jun 8
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Don’t Mix Policing with COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Don’t Mix Policing with COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItOver the weekend, Minnesota’s Public Safety Commissioner analogized COVID-19 contact tracing with police investigation of arrested protesters. This analogy is misleading and dangerous. It also underlines the need for public health officials to practice strict data minimization—including a ban on sharing with police any personal information collected through contact tracing.On May 30, at a press conference about the ongoing protests in Minneapolis against racism and police brutality, Commissioner John Harrington :As...

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Jun 1
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Two Federal COVID-19 Privacy Bills: A Good Start and a Misstep

Two Federal COVID-19 Privacy Bills: A Good Start and a Misstep

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItCOVID-19, and containment efforts that rely on personal data, are shining a spotlight on a longstanding problem: our nation’s lack of sufficient laws to protect data privacy. Two bills before Congress attempt to solve this problem as to COVID-19 data. One is a good start that needs improvements. The other is a misstep that EFF strongly opposes.The (PHEPA) was by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Mark Warner, and U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo, Jan Schakowsky and Suzan DelBene. It has some major elements that...

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Adam Schwartz
May 28
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EFF to Court: Broadband Privacy Law Passes First Amendment Muster

EFF to Court: Broadband Privacy Law Passes First Amendment Muster

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWhen it comes to surveillance of our online lives, Internet service providers (ISPs) are some of the worst offenders. Last year, the state of Maine passed a targeted at the harms ISPs do to their customers when they use and sell their personal information. Now that law is under from a group of ISPs who claim it violates their First Amendment rights. The lawsuit raises a number of issues—including free speech and data privacy—that are crucial to maintaining an open Internet. So EFF filed an amicus arguing that...

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May 28
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No to California Bill on Verified Credentials of COVID-19 Test Results

No to California Bill on Verified Credentials of COVID-19 Test Results

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEFF a California bill, , that would authorize the issuers of COVID-19 test results to do so with digital verifiable credentials. This bill would take us a step towards national digital identification, create information security risks, exacerbate social inequities in access to smartphones and COVID-19 tests, endorse one solution to an evolving technological problem, and fail to limit who may view credentials of test results. The bill also would not effectively advance its stated goal of addressing the COVID-19...

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May 20
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Protecting Civil Liberties During a Public Health Crisis

Protecting Civil Liberties During a Public Health Crisis

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItThis week, we filed an in a arguing that the Fourth Amendment prohibits the police from surreptitiously collecting our DNA without a warrant. This case is one of the first to challenge the collection of DNA from a free person after results of...A data privacy bill in Washington State has gained momentum. The bill, (also known as the Washington Privacy Act, or WPA), has received widespread support from big tech . It’s no wonder they like it because, as currently written, the WPA would be a weak,...

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Adam Schwartz
Mar 10
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EFF to State Department: Respect Freedom of Speech of Chinese Students

EFF to State Department: Respect Freedom of Speech of Chinese Students

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItEFF joined a opposing a proposal to deploy stronger vetting procedures against Chinese students intending to study in the United States because the procedures would threaten the free speech interests of both Chinese students and their American associates.that the Trump administration is considering “checks of student phone records and scouring of personal accounts on Chinese and U.S. social media platforms for anything that might raise concerns about students’ intentions in the United States, including...

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Feb 16
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The Payoff From California’s “Data Dividend” Must Be Stronger Privacy Laws

The Payoff From California’s “Data Dividend” Must Be Stronger Privacy Laws

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItCalifornia Governor Gavin Newsom, in his first State of the State Address, called for a “” (what some are calling a “digital dividend”) from big tech. It’s what form this dividend will take. We agree with Governor Newsom that consumers deserve more from companies that profit from their data, and we suggest that any “dividend” should take the form of stronger data privacy laws to protect the people of California from abuse by the corporations that harvest and monetize our personal information.In his February...

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Feb 16
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