Naomi Gilens
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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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Oct 27
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Victory! EFF Wins Appeal for Access to Wiretap Application Records

Victory! EFF Wins Appeal for Access to Wiretap Application Records

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItImagine learning that you were wiretapped by law enforcement, but couldn’t get any information about why. That’s what happened to retired California Highway Patrol officer Miguel Guerrero, and EFF sued on his behalf to get more information about the surveillance. This week, a California appeals court in his case that people who are targets of wiretaps are entitled to inspect the wiretap materials, including the order application and intercepted communications, if a judge finds that such access would be in the...

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Naomi Gilens
Oct 22
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EFF and ACLU Ask Ninth Circuit to Overturn Government’s Censorship of Twitter’s Transparency Report

EFF and ACLU Ask Ninth Circuit to Overturn Government’s Censorship of Twitter’s Transparency Report

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItCiting national security concerns, the government is attempting to infringe on Twitter's First Amendment right to inform the public about secret government surveillance orders. For more than six years, Twitter has been fighting in court to share information about law enforcement orders it received in 2014. Now, Twitter has brought that fight to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. EFF, along with the ACLU, filed an last week to underscore the First Amendment rights at stake.In 2014, Twitter submitted a draft...

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Naomi Gilens
Oct 9
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California Agency Blocks Release of Police Use of Force and Surveillance Training, Claiming Copyright

California Agency Blocks Release of Police Use of Force and Surveillance Training, Claiming Copyright

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItIn June, people honor one of the key events that ushered the era of LGBTQIA+ Pride—Stonewall—during which Black and Brown trans and queer people led a . This year, Pride occurs during national and global protests over the continued murder of Black people...EFF has joined a coalition of civil rights, immigration, and criminal justice reform organizations to demand the California Department of Justice (CADOJ) place an immediate moratorium on the use of the state’s gang database, also known as CalGang. For...

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Dave Maass
Jun 25
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EFF Asks Virginia Supreme Court to Rein in Indiscriminate Collection and Storage of License Plate Information

EFF Asks Virginia Supreme Court to Rein in Indiscriminate Collection and Storage of License Plate Information

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItLike law enforcement agencies across the country, the police in Fairfax, Virginia, use automated license plate readers (ALPRs) to indiscriminately scan and record every passing car. The ALPRs don’t simply check for speeding, or outstanding tickets—instead, they store detailed information about the time, date, and location of each scan in a database for a year, even when they have absolutely no connection to law enforcement investigations.The wholesale collection and storage of the public’s movements invades...

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Naomi Gilens
Jun 11
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Digital Security Advice for Journalists Covering the Protests Against Police Violence

Digital Security Advice for Journalists Covering the Protests Against Police Violence

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThis guide is an overview of digital security considerations specific to journalists covering protests. For EFF’s comprehensive guide to digital security, including advice for activists and protesters, visit ssd.eff.org. Legal advice in this post is specific to the United States.As the international protests against police killings enter their third week, the public has been exposed to shocking videos of law enforcement wielding violence against not only demonstrators, but also the journalists who are tasked with...

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Dave Maass
Jun 9
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Recognizing World Press Freedom Day During COVID-19

Recognizing World Press Freedom Day During COVID-19

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIn the face of a global pandemic, there is an urgent need for reporting relating to the spread of the coronavirus and how governments are responding. But it is in times of crisis that the civil liberties we value most are put to the test—and that is exactly what is happening now as governments around the world clamp down on journalism and stifle the free flow of critical information.With so little currently known about the novel coronavirus, governments around the world have seized the opportunity to control the...

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Naomi Gilens
May 4
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Judge Dismisses Twitter’s Lawsuit Over Its Rights to Publish Information About Government Surveillance Orders

Judge Dismisses Twitter’s Lawsuit Over Its Rights to Publish Information About Government Surveillance Orders

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItA federal judge last week over its right to share information about secret government surveillance orders for its users’ information. We hope that Twitter will continue its fight for transparency by appealing this decision.Using surveillance authorities such as (NSLs) and FISA court orders, the government can not only demand that companies turn over information about their customers’ accounts, but can also gag the company from disclosing any information about the demand—even the fact that the company received it....

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Naomi Gilens
Apr 23
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The Time Is Now: The Supreme Court Must Allow Live Cameras

The Time Is Now: The Supreme Court Must Allow Live Cameras

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItAt a time when government officials are justifiably limiting in-person gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19, the public should have access to essential government activities. The Supreme Court is no exception, which is why it must finally allow cameras in its courtroom.Responding to the health and safety concerns raised by the spread of COVID-19, the Supreme Court announced on March 12 that it would close its building to the public until further notice. Four days later, the Court postponed its March oral...

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Naomi Gilens
Mar 23
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