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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.Source
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Members of Congress Join the Fight for Protest Surveillance Transparency

Members of Congress Join the Fight for Protest Surveillance Transparency

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItSan Francisco—Local activists San Francisco today over the city police department’s illegal use of a network of more than 400 non-city surveillance cameras to spy on them and thousands of others who protested as part of the Black-led movement against police violence.The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the...The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) conducted mass surveillance of protesters at the end of May and in early June using a downtown business district's camera network, according to new...

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Pioneer Award Ceremony 2020: A Celebration of Communities

Pioneer Award Ceremony 2020: A Celebration of Communities

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItKeynote speaker, Cyrus FarivarShare ItSan Francisco—Local activists San Francisco today over the city police department’s illegal use of a network of more than 400 non-city surveillance cameras to spy on them and thousands of others who protested as part of the Black-led movement against police violence.The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the...A company called has created an identity-management system that uses face recognition. Their first use case is as a system for in-store, point of sale payments...

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Video Hearing Wednesday: Advocacy Orgs Go to Court to Block Trump’s Retaliation Against Fact-Checking

Video Hearing Wednesday: Advocacy Orgs Go to Court to Block Trump’s Retaliation Against Fact-Checking

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.Lawsuit Challenges Executive Order Pressuring Social Media Companies to Ignore President’s False ClaimsPRESS RELEASEShare ItSan Francisco – On Wednesday, October 21 at 11 am ET/2 pm PT, voter advocacy organizations will ask a district court to block an unconstitutional Executive Order that retaliates against online services for fact-checking President Trump’s false posts about voting and the upcoming election. Information on attending the video hearing can be found on the .The plaintiffs— , , , , and —are represented by the Electronic...

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Coinbase’s Transparency Report Is a Welcome First Step

Coinbase’s Transparency Report Is a Welcome First Step

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItEFF has become increasingly concerned that payment processors are being asked to turn over information on their customers, without any mechanism for the public to know who is making those requests, or how often. That’s why we are calling on Coinbase—one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in the country—to start...Financial records contain a trove of sensitive information about people’s personal lives, beliefs, and affiliations—which is why law enforcement should be required to get a warrant in order to...

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Hayley Tsukayama
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Latin American Governments Must Commit to Surveillance Transparency

Latin American Governments Must Commit to Surveillance Transparency

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItHigh Tech Spying in Latam, Past and PresentPolicy RecommendationsStates should publish transparency reports of law enforcement demands to access customers’ information.Companies should publish detailed statistical transparency reports regarding all government access to their customers’ data.Companies should publish guidelines for government agencies seeking users’ data.   Secret laws—about government access to data or anything else—are unacceptable. Service providers should notify all their customers, wherever they...

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California Is Putting Together A Broadband Plan. We Have Thoughts.

California Is Putting Together A Broadband Plan. We Have Thoughts.

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare It Share ItThe long-awaited [pdf] by the House Judiciary Committee staff on Big Tech’s monopoly power hits all the right notes—and just a few wrong ones. Following a year of hearings and research, the staff of the Subcommittee on Antitrust found that Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple all...The early 1980s were a period of tremendous foment and excitement for tech. In the four years between 1980 and 1984, Americans met: The Vic-20 (1980); The Commodore 64 (1981); The IBM PC (1982); and (1984) But no matter how...

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Augmented Reality Must Have Augmented Privacy

Augmented Reality Must Have Augmented Privacy

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItImagine walking down the street, looking for a good cup of coffee. In the distance, a storefront glows in green through your smart glasses, indicating a well-reviewed cafe with a sterling public health score. You follow the holographic arrows to the crosswalk, as your wearables silently signal the self-driving cars to be sure they stop for your right of way. In the crowd ahead you recognize someone, but can’t quite place them. A query and response later, “Cameron” pops above their head, along with the context...

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San Francisco Supervisors Must Reign In SFPD’s Abuse of Surveillance Cameras

San Francisco Supervisors Must Reign In SFPD’s Abuse of Surveillance Cameras

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItIn May and June of 2020, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) against police violence with a business district's vast network of surveillance cameras. During the first week of mass demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd, the SFPD tapped into a network of...San Francisco—Local activists San Francisco today over the city police department’s illegal use of a network of more than 400 non-city surveillance cameras to spy on them and thousands of others who protested as part of the...

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Nathan Sheard
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Thank You For Your Transparency Report, Here’s Everything That’s Missing

Thank You For Your Transparency Report, Here’s Everything That’s Missing

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItTransparency does not always equal transparencyTrue transparency must provide contextReal transparency is empowering, not impersonalShare ItBlack, white, or indigenous; well-resourced or indigent; San Francisco residents should be free to assemble and protest without fear of police surveillance technology or retribution. That should include Black-led protesters of San Francisco who took to the streets in solidarity and protest, understanding that though George Floyd and Breonna Taylor...Citing national security...

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Bar Applicants Deserve Better than a Remotely Proctored “Barpocalypse”

Bar Applicants Deserve Better than a Remotely Proctored “Barpocalypse”

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItRegardless of whether human reviewers are ultimately responsible for determining the integrity of applicants’ test results, it is clear that this remote proctoring experience was not a success. While we applaud the California Supreme Court and the state bar for requiring deletion of biometric data, there are many unanswered questions: we still don’t know how long that data will be held by ExamSoft, which still creates privacy and security concerns; we don’t know whether breaches have already occurred; and we don’t...

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We Fight For the Users

We Fight For the Users

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItHere at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we have a guiding motto: "I Fight For the Users." (We even from time to time!) We didn't pick that one by accident (nor merely because we dig the 1982 classic film "Tron"), but because it provides such a clear moral compass when we sit down to work every day.Should your boss be able to spy on you through your computer? Well, you're the user and we fight for you, .What about your professor? .Your spiteful, angry ex? .What about tech giants, data-brokers or ad-tech...

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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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Activists Sue San Francisco for Wide-Ranging Surveillance of Black-Led Protests Against Police Violence

Activists Sue San Francisco for Wide-Ranging Surveillance of Black-Led Protests Against Police Violence

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.Violating San Francisco’s Surveillance Technology Ordinance, SFPD Secretly Used Camera Network to Spy on People Protesting Police Killing of George FloydPRESS RELEASEShare ItSan Francisco—Local activists San Francisco today over the city police department’s illegal use of a network of more than 400 non-city surveillance cameras to spy on them and thousands of others who protested as part of the Black-led movement against police violence.The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU of Northern California represent Hope Williams,...

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Privacy Badger Is Changing to Protect You Better

Privacy Badger Is Changing to Protect You Better

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Facebook’s Most Recent Transparency Report Demonstrates the Pitfalls of Automated Content Moderation

Facebook’s Most Recent Transparency Report Demonstrates the Pitfalls of Automated Content Moderation

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItEvery year, millions of images, videos and posts that allegedly contain terrorist or violent extremist content are removed from social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter. A key force behind these takedowns is the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), an industry-led initiative that seeks toUpdate: This post has been corrected as of August 1, 2020 to accurately reflect the details of the NetzDG. For years, free speech and press freedoms have been in Turkey. The country has the...

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Jillian C. York
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The Selective Prosecution of Julian Assange

The Selective Prosecution of Julian Assange

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItAs the extradition hearing for Wikileaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange unfolds, it is increasingly clear that the prosecution of Assange fits into a pattern of governments selectively enforcing laws in order to punish those who provoke their ire. As we see in Assange’s case and in many others before this, computer crime laws are especially ripe for this form of politicization.The key evidence in the U.S. government’s cybercrime conspiracy allegations against Assange is a brief conversation between Julian Assange...

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California League of Cities Should Reject Misguided Section 230 Resolution

California League of Cities Should Reject Misguided Section 230 Resolution

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe past few months have seen of to undermine Section 230, the law that makes a free Internet possible. But now we’re seeing one from a surprising place: the California League of Cities.To be clear, the League of Cities, an association of city officials from around the state, doesn’t have the power to change or any other federal law. But if Congress were to actually follow their lead, the policies that the League is considering approving would be disastrous for the freedom of California residents.Section 230 states...

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Announcing Global Privacy Control in Privacy Badger

Announcing Global Privacy Control in Privacy Badger

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California Community Leaders Call on Governor to Help Get State Broadband Up to Speed

California Community Leaders Call on Governor to Help Get State Broadband Up to Speed

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.Gov. Gavin Newsom Should Convene a Special Session to Pass Universal Access Law Before End of YearPRESS RELEASEShare ItSacramento - More than 60 California community leaders—including public officials, businesses, education advocates, and civil rights groups—have joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Common Sense Media to call on California Governor Gavin Newsom to convene a special legislative session to pass universal broadband access legislation this year.The COVID-19 pandemic has accentuated California's longstanding...

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Supreme Court Hearing in Oracle v Google: Will the High Court Fix the Federal Circuit's Mess?

Supreme Court Hearing in Oracle v Google: Will the High Court Fix the Federal Circuit's Mess?

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItOn Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the long-running case of . We’ll be following closely, and looking for signs that the Court will reverse the Federal Circuit’s in this ground-breaking litigation. And then we’ll be waiting and hoping the Court will issue an opinion explaining that giving copyright protection to Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) is a bad idea or, if that protection exists, that reimplementing them is a lawful fair use.To summarize the last nine years: Oracle...

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Orders from the Top: The EU’s Timetable for Dismantling End-to-End Encryption

Orders from the Top: The EU’s Timetable for Dismantling End-to-End Encryption

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItWe're proud to announce a new updated version of in eight Latin American countries and Spain. For over a year, EFF has worked with partner organizations to develop detailed questions and answers (FAQs) around communications privacy laws. Our work builds upon previous and...’s second (Who Defends Your Data?) report on data privacy practices in Spain shows how Spain’s leading Internet and mobile app providers are making progress in being clear about how users' personal data is being protected. Providers are...

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Come Back with a Warrant for my Virtual House

Come Back with a Warrant for my Virtual House

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItCops in Vallejo have put their controversial cell-phone surveillance tool back in the box, after a judge released a tentative ruling (which the judge might or might not later finalize or amend) that they'd acquired it in violation of state law. The case was brought by Oakland Privacy, the EFF...Update (9/30/20): EFF submitted a to extend the comment deadline by 30 days since federal agencies must generally provide the public a 60-day comment period. If the extension is granted, we will update this page...

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Judge Upends Vallejo’s Use of a Stingray

Judge Upends Vallejo’s Use of a Stingray

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItUpdate (9/30/20): EFF submitted a to extend the comment deadline by 30 days since federal agencies must generally provide the public a 60-day comment period. If the extension is granted, we will update this page accordingly. We need your help. On September 11, 2020...Law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local level are spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on surveillance technology in order to track, locate, watch, and listen to people in the United States, often targeting...

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Urgent: EARN IT Act Introduced in House of Representatives

Urgent: EARN IT Act Introduced in House of Representatives

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe dangerous EARN IT Act passed the Senate Judiciary Committee last month, and now it’s been introduced in the House of Representatives.We need your help to stop this anti-speech, anti-security bill. Email your elected officials in both chambers of Congress today and ask them to publicly oppose the EARN IT Act.The EARN IT Act would allow all 50 state legislatures, as well as U.S. territories and Washington D.C., to pass laws that would regulate the Internet. By breaking Section 230 of the Communications Decency...

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The Online Content Policy Modernization Act Is an Unconstitutional Mess

The Online Content Policy Modernization Act Is an Unconstitutional Mess

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEFF is standing with a huge coalition of organizations to urge Congress to oppose the Online Content Policy Modernization Act (OCPMA, ). Introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the OCPMA is yet another of this year’s flood of misguided attacks on Internet speech (). The bill would make it harder for online platforms to take common-sense moderation measures like removing spam or correcting disinformation, including disinformation about the upcoming election. But it doesn’t stop there: the bill would also upend...

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