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EFF to Supreme Court: American Companies Complicit in Human Rights Abuses Abroad Should Be Held Accountable

EFF to Supreme Court: American Companies Complicit in Human Rights Abuses Abroad Should Be Held Accountable

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItFor years EFF has been U.S. companies that act as “repressions little helpers” to be held accountable, and now we’re telling the U.S. Supreme Court. Despite all the ways that technology has been used as a force for good–connecting people around the world, giving voice to the less powerful, and facilitating knowledge sharing—technology has also been used as a and , a dark side that cannot be denied.Today EFF filed a urging the Supreme Court to preserve one of the few tools of legal accountability that exist for...

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Oct 21
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EFF Tells California Supreme Court Not to Require ExamSoft for Bar Exam

EFF Tells California Supreme Court Not to Require ExamSoft for Bar Exam

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItWith COVID-19 forcing millions of teachers and students to rethink in-person schooling, this moment is ripe for an innovation in learning. Unfortunately, many schools have simply . The use of proctoring apps—privacy-invasive software products that “watch” students as they take tests or complete schoolwork...As students, parents, and schools prepare the new school year, universities are considering ways to make returning to campus safer. Some are considering and even mandating that students install on their...

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In Historic Opinion, Third Circuit Protects Public School Students’ Off-Campus Social Media Speech

In Historic Opinion, Third Circuit Protects Public School Students’ Off-Campus Social Media Speech

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an historic opinion in , upholding the free speech rights of public school students. The court adopted the position EFF urged in our that the First Amendment prohibits disciplining public school students for off-campus social media speech.B.L. was a high school student who had failed to make the varsity cheerleading squad and was placed on junior varsity instead. Out of frustration, she posted—over the weekend and off school grounds—a Snapchat selfie with text...

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The PACT Act Is Not The Solution To The Problem Of Harmful Online Content

The PACT Act Is Not The Solution To The Problem Of Harmful Online Content

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe Senate Commerce Committee’s Tuesday on the PACT Act and Section 230 was a refreshingly substantive bipartisan discussion about the thorny issues related to how online platforms moderate user content, and to what extent these companies should be held liable for harmful user content.The hearing brought into focus several real and significant problems that Congress should continue to consider. It also showed that, whatever its good intentions, the PACT Act in its current form does not address those problems, much...

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Jul 30
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EFF to Court: Social Media Users Have Privacy and Free Speech Interests in Their Public Information

EFF to Court: Social Media Users Have Privacy and Free Speech Interests in Their Public Information

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItSpecial thanks to legal intern Rachel Sommers, who was the lead author of this post.Visa applicants to the United States are required to disclose personal information including their . And as of , they are required to register their with the U.S. government. According to the State Department, approximately will be affected by this new policy each year.EFF recently filed an in , a case challenging this “Registration Requirement” under the First Amendment. The plaintiffs in the case, two U.S.-based documentary film...

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Jun 30
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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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Ninth Circuit: Private Social Media Platforms Are Not Bound by the First Amendment

Ninth Circuit: Private Social Media Platforms Are Not Bound by the First Amendment

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently held in that YouTube is not a government actor bound by First Amendment limits simply because it hosts a forum for public speech. Rather, as EFF argued in an , YouTube is a private entity whose editorial decisions cannot be challenged under the First Amendment, because YouTube itself has First Amendment rights to manage its platform as it sees fit.Prager University (“PragerU”) is not an actual university, but rather is an with a conservative and...

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Mar 5
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EFF to Ninth Circuit: Border Searches of Electronic Devices Require a Warrant

EFF to Ninth Circuit: Border Searches of Electronic Devices Require a Warrant

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItAlthough the Ninth Circuit issued a last year in favor of digital privacy rights at the border, EFF filed an [PDF] in a new case urging the court to go a step further. The Ninth Circuit should finally hold that the Fourth Amendment requires a probable cause warrant for border searches of electronic devices.Our brief was filed in a case brought by Haisam Elsharkawi, a U.S. citizen who attempted to board a flight at Los Angeles International Airport to Saudi Arabia to attend a Muslim religious pilgrimage. Border...

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Feb 22
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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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