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Once Again, Facebook Is Using Privacy As A Sword To Kill Independent Innovation

Once Again, Facebook Is Using Privacy As A Sword To Kill Independent Innovation

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItFacebook claims that their role as guardian of users’ privacy gives them the power to shut down apps that give users more control over their own social media experience. Facebook is wrong. The latest example is their legal bullying of Friendly Social Browser.Friendly is a web browser with plugins geared towards Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. It’s been around since 2010 and has a passionate following. Friendly offers ad and tracker blocking and simplifies downloading of photos and videos. It lets...

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Mitch Stoltz
Nov 20
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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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Adam Schwartz
Nov 5
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Facebook’s Election-Week War on Accountability is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Facebook’s Election-Week War on Accountability is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItA legacy of the 2016 U.S. election is the controversy about the role played by paid, targeted political ads, particularly ads that contain disinformation or misinformation. Political scientists and psychologists disagree about how these ads work, and what effect they have. It's a pressing political question, especially on the eve of another U.S. presidential race, and the urgency only rises abroad, where acts of horrific genocide have beenThe same factors that make targeted political ads tempting to bad actors and...

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Cory Doctorow
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Oct 27
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The Senate’s New Anti-Encryption Bill Is Even Worse Than EARN IT, and That’s Saying Something

The Senate’s New Anti-Encryption Bill Is Even Worse Than EARN IT, and That’s Saying Something

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Andrew Crocker
Jun 24
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Victory: Indiana Supreme Court Rules that Police Can’t Force Smartphone User to Unlock Her Phone

Victory: Indiana Supreme Court Rules that Police Can’t Force Smartphone User to Unlock Her Phone

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIn courts across the country, EFF has been arguing that the police cannot constitutionally require you to unlock your phone or give them your password, and today the Indiana Supreme Court issued agreeing with us. In the case, Seo v. State, the court found that the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination protected a woman against unlocking her phone because complying with the order was a form of “testimony” under the Fifth Amendment. Indiana joins Pennsylvania, which in a compelled decryption case last...

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Andrew Crocker
Jun 23
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Yes, Section 215 Expired. Now What?

Yes, Section 215 Expired. Now What?

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItOn March 15, 2020, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act—a surveillance law —expired. Along with two other PATRIOT Act provisions, Section 215 lapsed after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a broader set of reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).In the week before the law expired, the House of Representatives passed the , without committee markup or floor amendments, which would have extended Section 215 for three more years, along with some modest reforms. In order for any bill to , the House...

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Andrew Crocker
Apr 16
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The Challenge of Proximity Apps For COVID-19 Contact Tracing

The Challenge of Proximity Apps For COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItWe are in an unprecedented time. People are being told to stay home as much as possible. Some of us are lucky enough to have jobs that can be done remotely, schools are closed and kids are home, and healthcare, grocery, or other essential workers are looking for respite where...Governments around the world are taking steps to make sure that private corporations don’t use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to make unjustified monopoly profits. They’re doing that by ensuring that governments can override...

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Andrew Crocker
Apr 11
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