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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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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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FAQ: Why Brazil’s Plan to Mandate Traceability in Private Messaging Apps Will Break User’s Expectation of Privacy and Security

FAQ: Why Brazil’s Plan to Mandate Traceability in Private Messaging Apps Will Break User’s Expectation of Privacy and Security

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItBelow, we will take a deep dive into a series of questions and answers to explain why the current language of two critical issues of the Senate’s bill would undermine human rights:PROBLEM I: A tech mandate to force private messaging servers to track “massively forwarded” messages sent to groups or lists keep massive amounts of metadata about all users’ communications, or else to break encryption in order to get access to the payload of an encrypted messageWhen does access to the traceability records occur?How does...

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Digital Rights On the Ground: The View from EFF’s Intake Desk

Digital Rights On the Ground: The View from EFF’s Intake Desk

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare It. *(Sidenote- if you are an attorney that wants to join this list, shoot an email to info@eff.org!)*Share ItShare It

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Californians, Sacramento Needs Your Voice on the State's Broadband Future

Californians, Sacramento Needs Your Voice on the State's Broadband Future

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItSB 1130 Charts a Course to Equality of Access and Ending Decades of Neglect for Communities that Major ISPs Have Ignored AB 570 Funds the Wrong Infrastructure in the Wrong Century and Leaves Too Many Behind. But This Can Be Fixed.nothingWe Can All be Winners, Especially California Residents, if the Legislature Fixes What’s Wrong with AB 570type whoShare ItIt’s not enough to say that the Internet is built on interoperability. The Internet is interoperability. Billions of machines around the world use the same set of...

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TikTok Ban: A Seed of Genuine Security Concern Wrapped in a Thick Layer of Censorship

TikTok Ban: A Seed of Genuine Security Concern Wrapped in a Thick Layer of Censorship

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare 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...Mexico has just adopted a terrible new copyright law, thanks to pressure from the United States (and specifically from the copyright maximalists that hold outsized influence on US foreign policy). This law closely resembles the Digital Millennium Copyright Act...

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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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Supporting Digital Freedom at the (Virtual) Summer Security Conferences

Supporting Digital Freedom at the (Virtual) Summer Security Conferences

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItDuring a typical year, EFF staff members would be headed to Las Vegas to present our latest work to the world and at the long-running hacker events , , and . These summer security conferences are a natural opportunity for the curious and the professional to geek out on tech. Hackers, tinkerers, and reverse engineers were among the first to embrace the excitement and potential of their own imaginations in digital space. They have been a core part of EFF and the online freedom community since the beginning, and we...

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EFF and ACLU Tell Federal Court that Forensic Software Source Code Must Be Disclosed

EFF and ACLU Tell Federal Court that Forensic Software Source Code Must Be Disclosed

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItCan secret software be used to generate key evidence against a criminal defendant? In an amicus filed ten days ago with the United States District Court of the Western District of Pennsylvania, EFF and the ACLU of Pennsylvania explain that secret forensic technology is inconsistent with criminal defendants’ constitutional rights and the public’s right to oversee the criminal trial process. Our amicus in the case of United States v. Ellis also explains why source code, and other aspects of forensic software programs...

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What Really Does and Doesn’t Work for Fair Use in the DMCA

What Really Does and Doesn’t Work for Fair Use in the DMCA

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItOn July 28, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held another in its year-long series of hearings on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The topic of this hearing was “”We’re glad Congress is asking the question. Without fair use, much of our common culture would be inaccessible, cordoned off by copyright. Fair use creates breathing space for innovation and new creativity by allowing us to re-use and comment on existing works. As Sherwin Siy, lead public policy manager for the Wikimedia Foundation, said...

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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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Turkey's New Internet Law Is the Worst Version of Germany's NetzDG Yet

Turkey's New Internet Law Is the Worst Version of Germany's NetzDG Yet

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItA successful German exportSimilarly to these examples, the recently adopted Turkish law shows clear parallels with the German approach: targeting platforms of a certain size, the law incentivizes platforms to implement takedown requests by stipulating significant fees, thereby turning platforms into the ultimate gatekeepers tasked with deciding on the legality of online speech. In important ways, the Turkish law goes way beyond NetzDG, as its scope does not only include social media platforms but also news sites....

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University App Mandates Are The Wrong Call

University App Mandates Are The Wrong Call

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItRegardless of your opinion about Google, their suite of collaborative document editing tools provides a powerful resource in this tumultuous time. Across the country, grassroots groups organizing in response to COVID-19 and legal aid as part of the recent wave of protests have relied on...This blog post is co-authored with , a Berlin-based tech company committed to advancing digital security and preserving privacy as a fundamental human right. This week, Germany’s COVID tracing app finally went live. As...

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Jul 30
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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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Mexico's New Copyright Law Undermines Mexico's National Sovereignty, Continuing Generations of Unfair "Fair Trade Deals" Between the USA and Latin America

Mexico's New Copyright Law Undermines Mexico's National Sovereignty, Continuing Generations of Unfair "Fair Trade Deals" Between the USA and Latin America

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEarlier this month, Mexico's Congress into Mexican law, in a dangerous and ill-considered act. But neither this action nor its consequences occurred in a vacuum: rather, it was a consequence of (USMCA), the successor to NAFTA.Trade agreements are billed as creating level playing fields between nations to their mutual benefit. But decades of careful scholarship show that , even when they are subjected to the same rules, because the same rules don't have the same effect on different countries. Besides that, Mexico...

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Court Denies EFF, ACLU Effort to Unseal Ruling Rejecting DOJ Effort to Break Encryption

Court Denies EFF, ACLU Effort to Unseal Ruling Rejecting DOJ Effort to Break Encryption

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItA federal appeals court refused to unseal a court order that reportedly stopped the Justice Department from forcing Facebook to it offers to users of its Messenger application.The unpublished decision ends an effort by EFF, ACLU, and Stanford cybersecurity scholar Riana Pfefferkorn to from a Fresno, California federal court. The ruling denied an attempt by the Justice Department to hold Facebook in contempt for refusing to decrypt Messenger voice calls. Despite the fact that the ruling has significant implications...

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Jul 29
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When the U.S. Patent Office Won’t Do Its Job, Congress Should Step In

When the U.S. Patent Office Won’t Do Its Job, Congress Should Step In

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWhen people get sued by patent trolls, they can fight back in one of two places: a U.S. district court or the Patent and Trademark Office. But the Patent Office is putting its thumb on the scale again in favor of patent owners and against technology users. This time, the Office is relying on specious legal arguments to shut down patent reviews at the Patent and Trademark Appeals Board (PTAB).The procedure that’s being undermined at PTAB is a procedure called inter partes review, or IPR. Congress created IPRs in...

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Mexico's New Copyright Law: Cybersecurity and Human Rights

Mexico's New Copyright Law: Cybersecurity and Human Rights

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThis month, Mexico without adequate debate or consultation, and as a result, it adopted a national rule that is absolutely unfit for purpose, with grave implications for human rights and cybersecurity.The new law was passed as part of the country's obligations under Donald Trump's United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and it wholesale, and then erases the USA’s own weak safeguards for fundamental rights.Central to the cybersecurity issue is Article 114 Bis, which establishes a new kind of protection for...

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Jul 29
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Why EFF Doesn’t Support California Proposition 24

Why EFF Doesn’t Support California Proposition 24

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThis November, Californians will be called upon to vote on a ballot initiative called the , or . EFF does not support it; nor does EFF oppose it.EFF works across the country to and laws that empower technology users to control how businesses process their personal information. The consumer data privacy laws require businesses to get consumers’ opt-in consent before processing their data; bar data processing except as necessary to give consumers what they asked for (often called “data minimization”); forbid “pay for...

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California Legislator Introduces Anti-Rural Fiber Legislation That Prioritizes DSL

California Legislator Introduces Anti-Rural Fiber Legislation That Prioritizes DSL

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItCA: Tell Your Lawmakers to Oppose Anti-Rural Fiber LegislationprioritizeShare ItIt’s not enough to say that the Internet is built on interoperability. The Internet is interoperability. Billions of machines around the world use the same set of open protocols—like TCP/IP, HTTP, and TLS—to talk to one another. The first Internet-connected devices were only possible because phone lines provided interoperable communication...Definitions matter. Especially when those definitions come from the federal government. In the...

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Ernesto Falcon
Jul 28
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A Legislative Path to an Interoperable Internet

A Legislative Path to an Interoperable Internet

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItFrontier’s bankruptcy has , including 2 million Californians, who are stuck with their deteriorating DSL monopoly. After deciding for years to never upgrade their networks to fiber—despite the fact that, according to their own bankruptcy filing, they could haveDefinitions matter. Especially when those definitions come from the federal government. In the case of “broadband,” the definition set by the federal government creates our standard of Internet living. Depressingly, the American government’s...

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Jul 28
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How Mexico's New Copyright Law Crushes Free Expression

How Mexico's New Copyright Law Crushes Free Expression

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWhen Mexico's Congress as part of its adoption of Donald Trump's United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), it largely , with some modifications that made the law even worse for human rights.The result is a legal regime that has all the deficits of the US system, and some new defects that are strictly hecho en Mexico, to the great detriment of the free expression rights of the Mexican people.. Mexico’s Congress is not merely prohibited from censoring its peoples' speech -- it is also banned from making laws...

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Cory Doctorow
Jul 27
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San Francisco Police Accessed Business District Camera Network to Spy on Protestors

San Francisco Police Accessed Business District Camera Network to Spy on Protestors

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItAn example of an Avigilon camera in San Francisco's Japantown.SFPD must immediately stop accessing special assessment district camera networks to indiscriminately spy on protestors.Share ItSan Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today joined a group of 17 leading U.S.-based Internet freedom organizations in telling a federal appeals court that Trump administration appointee Michael Pack has no legal authority to purge leadership at the (OTF), a private, independent nonprofit that helps...

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EFF Joins HOPE 2020

EFF Joins HOPE 2020

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEFF staff members will present some of our latest work at 2600 Magazine's biennial conference beginning this weekend. HOPE is a diverse hacker event that has drawn thousands of tinkerers, security researchers, activists, artists, and makers since 1994. In a departure from the infamous Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, this first-ever virtual edition of HOPE will run an epic 9 days from July 25 through August 2.EFF's presentations will cover diverse online rights topics including , , digital identity standards and...

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Jul 24
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EFF to Court: Trump Appointee’s Removal of Open Technology Fund Leadership Is Unlawful

EFF to Court: Trump Appointee’s Removal of Open Technology Fund Leadership Is Unlawful

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.Government Attempts Takeover of Private, Independent Nonprofit Protecting Internet FreedomPRESS RELEASEShare ItContact: Share ItEFF joined dozens of other groups in a letter condemning the behavior of federal law enforcement agencies in Portland, Oregon. Despite the wishes of local government officials, the federal government deployed law enforcement, including U.S. Marshals and Customs and Border Protection officers, to Portland. The federal government officially explained these...Recently, nearly every week brings a new effort to...

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EFF and 45 Human Rights and Civil Liberties Groups Condemn Federal Law Enforcement Actions Against Protesters in Portland

EFF and 45 Human Rights and Civil Liberties Groups Condemn Federal Law Enforcement Actions Against Protesters in Portland

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItSan Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today joined a group of 17 leading U.S.-based Internet freedom organizations in telling a federal appeals court that Trump administration appointee Michael Pack has no legal authority to purge leadership at the (OTF), a private, independent nonprofit that helps hundreds...Recently, nearly every week brings a new effort to undercut or overhaul a key U.S. law—47 U.S.C. § 230 (“Section 230”)—that protects online services and allows Internet users to...

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