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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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Twitter and Interoperability: Some Thoughts From the Peanut Gallery

Twitter and Interoperability: Some Thoughts From the Peanut Gallery

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItLate in 2019, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey a plan for an interoperable, federated, standardized Twitter that would let users (or toolsmiths who work on behalf of users) gain more control over their participation in the Twitter system. This was an exciting moment for us, a significant lurch towards an , decentralized social media world. We were especially excited to see Dorsey cite Mike Masnick's excellent paper.It’s been more than a year, and Twitter has marked its progress with an “” that sets out its view of the...

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For Many, the Arab Spring Isn't Over

For Many, the Arab Spring Isn't Over

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItMany governments have long seen social media as a potential threat. In the early part of the new millennium, countries across the globe were engaged in a wide variety of censorship and even wholesale restrictions to platforms, and even Internet access as a whole. As the use of social media accelerated, governments took action: Thailand blocked YouTube in 2006; Facebook was blocked in Syria in 2007; countries from Turkey to Tunisia to Iran followed suit. Within a few years, tech companies were inundated with...

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End Two Federal Programs that Fund Police Surveillance Tech

End Two Federal Programs that Fund Police Surveillance Tech

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItImagine this scenario: You’re driving home. Police pull you over, allegedly for a traffic violation. After you provide your license and registration, the officer catches you off guard by asking: “Since you’ve got nothing to hide, you don’t mind unlocking your phone for me, do you?” Of course, you don’t...WhatsApp users have recently started seeing a new pop-up screen requiring them to agree to its new terms and privacy policy in order to keep using the app. At first users were required to agree by February...

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Blyncsy’s Patent On Contact Tracing Isn’t A Medical Breakthrough, It’s A Patent Breakdown

Blyncsy’s Patent On Contact Tracing Isn’t A Medical Breakthrough, It’s A Patent Breakdown

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItContact tracing is critical for limiting the spread of a contagion like COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean it’s inventive to compare people’s locations using their smartphones. Rather, it’s all the more important to protect the basic methods of public health from bogus patent claims.The CDC contact tracing for close contacts of any “confirmed or probable” COVID-19 patients. But doing the job has been left to state and local public health officials. In addition to traditional contact tracing by public health workers,...

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Joe Mullin
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Why EFF Doesn’t Support Bans On Private Use of Face Recognition

Why EFF Doesn’t Support Bans On Private Use of Face Recognition

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItGovernment and private use of face recognition technology each present a wealth of concerns. Privacy, safety, and amplification of carceral bias are just some of the reasons why we must ban government use.But what about private use? It also can exacerbate injustice, including its use by police contractors, establishments, business improvement districts, and .Still, EFF does not support banning private use of the technology. Some users may choose to deploy it to lock their mobile devices or to demonstrate the...

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Political Satire Is Protected Speech – Even If You Don’t Get the Joke

Political Satire Is Protected Speech – Even If You Don’t Get the Joke

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThis blog post was co-written by EFF Legal Fellow .Should an obviously fake Facebook post—one made as political satire—end with a lawsuit and a bill to pay for a police response to the post? Of course not, and that’s why EFF filed an amicus brief in Lafayette City v. John Merrifield.In this case, Merrifield made an obviously fake Facebook event satirizing right-wing hysteria about Antifa. The announcement specifically poked fun at the well-established genre of fake Antifa social media activity, used by some to drum...

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Oakland’s Progressive Fight to Protect Residents from Government Surveillance

Oakland’s Progressive Fight to Protect Residents from Government Surveillance

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItGovernment and private use of face recognition technology each present a wealth of concerns. Privacy, safety, and amplification of carceral bias are just some of the reasons why we must ban government use.But what about private use? It also can exacerbate injustice, including its use by police contractors, ...Just as the 2020 holiday season was beginning in earnest, Solano Superior Court Judge Bradley Nelson upheld the gift of surveillance accountability that the California State legislature had provided...

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Nathan Sheard
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New OCC Rule Is a Win in the Fight Against Financial Censorship

New OCC Rule Is a Win in the Fight Against Financial Censorship

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItToday, EFF submitted comments to the Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) opposing the agency’s proposal for new regulations of cryptocurrency transactions. As we explain , financial records can be deeply personal and revealing, containing a trove of sensitive information about people’s personal lives,...Pornhub is removing . This action comes after a column accused the website of hosting sexual videos of underage and nonconsenting women. In response to the Times’...

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Marta Belcher
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Beyond Platforms: Private Censorship, Parler, and the Stack

Beyond Platforms: Private Censorship, Parler, and the Stack

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItWith the upcoming U.S. elections, major U.S.-based platforms have stepped up their content moderation practices, likely hoping to avoid the blame after the 2016 election, where many held them responsible for siloing users into ideological bubbles—and, in Facebook’s case, the Cambridge Analytica imbroglio. It’s...San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced today a call for feedback and recommendations from organizations and individuals around the world to update the landmark 2018 Santa...

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EFF Welcomes Fourth Amendment Defender Jumana Musa to Advisory Board

EFF Welcomes Fourth Amendment Defender Jumana Musa to Advisory Board

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItOur Fourth Amendment rights are under attack in the digital age, and EFF is proud to announce that human rights attorney and racial justice activist Jumana Musa has joined our advisory board, bringing great expertise to our fight defending users’ privacy rights.Musa is Director of the Fourth Amendment Center at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), where she oversees initiatives to challenge Fourth Amendment violations and outdated legal doctrines that have allowed the government and law...

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Karen Gullo
Jan 12
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The FCC and States Must Ban Digital Redlining

The FCC and States Must Ban Digital Redlining

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe rollout of fiber broadband will never make it to many communities in the US. That’s because large, national ISPs are currently laying fiber primarily focused on high-income users to the detriment of the rest of their users. The absence of regulators has created a situation where wealthy end users are getting fiber, but predominantly low-income users are not being transitioned off legacy infrastructure. The result being “digital redlining” of broadband, where wealthy broadband users are getting the benefits of...

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Ernesto Falcon
Jan 11
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Face Surveillance and the Capitol Attack

Face Surveillance and the Capitol Attack

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItIf there was any question about the gravity of problems with police use of face surveillance technology, 2020 wasted no time in proving them dangerously real. Thankfully, from Oregon to Massachusetts, local lawmakers responded by banning their local governments' use. The Alarm On January 9, after first calling and threatening...One of EFF’s chief concerns about exam proctoring software—in addition to the fact that it subjects students to —is the risk that it will incorrectly flag students for cheating,...

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Jason Kelley
Jan 12
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YouTube and TikTok Put Human Rights In Jeopardy in Turkey

YouTube and TikTok Put Human Rights In Jeopardy in Turkey

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Katitza Rodriguez
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Police Robots Are Not a Selfie Opportunity, They’re a Privacy Disaster Waiting to Happen

Police Robots Are Not a Selfie Opportunity, They’re a Privacy Disaster Waiting to Happen

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItEFF has joined the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the New Jersey-based Tarver Law Offices in the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination extends to the digital age by prohibiting law enforcement from forcing individuals to disclose their phone and computer passcodes.In...Location tracking apps. Spyware to enforce quarantine. Immunity passports. Throughout 2020, governments around the world deployed invasive surveillance technologies to contain the...

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Matthew Guariglia
Jan 7
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ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

ACLU, EFF, and Tarver Law Offices Urge Supreme Court to Protect Against Forced Disclosure of Phone Passwords to Law Enforcement

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.Does the Fifth Amendment Protect You from Revealing Your Passwords to Police?PRESS RELEASEShare ItWashington, D.C. - The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), along with New Jersey-based Tarver Law Offices, are the U.S. Supreme Court to ensure the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination extends to the digital age by prohibiting law enforcement from forcing individuals to disclose their phone and computer passcodes.“The Fifth Amendment protects us from being forced to give...

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California City’s Effort to Punish Journalists For Publishing Documents Widely Available Online is Dangerous and Chilling, EFF Brief Argues

California City’s Effort to Punish Journalists For Publishing Documents Widely Available Online is Dangerous and Chilling, EFF Brief Argues

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Aaron Mackey
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EFF to FinCEN: Stop Pushing For More Financial Surveillance

EFF to FinCEN: Stop Pushing For More Financial Surveillance

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItFinCEN’s proposed ruleThat’s why EFF is urging the agency not to implement this proposal.Two developments make continued reliance on the third-party doctrine suspect, including as the source for regulations such as those contemplated here. Read . Share ItOne of the most important aspects of cryptocurrencies from a civil liberties perspective is that they can provide privacy protections for their users. But EFF is concerned that the U.S. government has been increasingly taking steps to undermine the anonymity of...

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Hayley Tsukayama
Jan 5
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Banning Government Use of Face Recognition Technology: 2020 Year in Review

Banning Government Use of Face Recognition Technology: 2020 Year in Review

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThis article is part of our Year in Review series. .Share ItOne of EFF’s chief concerns about exam proctoring software—in addition to the fact that it subjects students to —is the risk that it will incorrectly flag students for cheating, called “false positives.” This can be due either to the software’s technical failures or to its requirements that students...Before 2020 ends, Massachusetts could become the first state to implement robust state-wide protections from government use of face recognition. As part of a...

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Nathan Sheard
Jan 3
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Video Hearing Tuesday: ACLU, EFF Urge Court to Require Warrants for Border Searches of Digital Devices

Video Hearing Tuesday: ACLU, EFF Urge Court to Require Warrants for Border Searches of Digital Devices

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.Appeals Court Should Uphold Fourth Amendment Rights for International TravelersPRESS RELEASEShare ItBoston – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the ACLU of Massachusetts will urge an appeals court on Tuesday to require warrants for the government to search electronic devices at U.S. airports and other ports of entry—ensuring that the Fourth Amendment protects travelers as they enter the country. The hearing is at 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT on January 5, and is available to watch by...

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Litigation Against Mass NSA Surveillance: Year in Review 2020

Litigation Against Mass NSA Surveillance: Year in Review 2020

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItOn March 15, 2020, Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act—a surveillance law —expired due to its sunset clause. Along with two other PATRIOT Act provisions, Section 215 lapsed after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on a broader set of reforms...Location tracking apps. Spyware to enforce quarantine. Immunity passports. Throughout 2020, governments around the world deployed invasive surveillance technologies to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.But heavy-handed tactics like these , precisely when trust is needed...

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Cindy Cohn
Jan 1
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Questions Remain About Pretrial Risk-Assessment Algorithms: Year in Review 2020

Questions Remain About Pretrial Risk-Assessment Algorithms: Year in Review 2020

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThere are many reasons to be concerned about replacing cash bail with an algorithm that categorizes people as low-, medium-, or high- risk before releasing some, and leaving others in jail. Share ItShare It

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Fighting Abusive Patent Litigation During a Year of Health Crisis: 2020 Year In Review

Fighting Abusive Patent Litigation During a Year of Health Crisis: 2020 Year In Review

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThe coronavirus dominated the news cycles, and our personal lives, in 2020. Scientists around the world raced forward to create a vaccine. Alongside that massive effort to create a critical new invention, we saw a renewed debate about patents and their role in helping, or hindering, innovation.  At EFF, we’ve been the watchdog for years when patent owners abuse their monopolies. Unfortunately but predictably, some patent owners actually saw the rise of the COVID-19 health emergency as a business...

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Joe Mullin
Dec 31
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EFF’s Work in State Legislatures: Year In Review 2020

EFF’s Work in State Legislatures: Year In Review 2020

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEFF works in state legislatures across the country to fight for your civil liberties. This year, the pandemic upended the priorities and plans of every statehouse. But, with your support, EFF was able to quickly respond to surveillance threats, defend privacy, and counter the ways the pandemic made matters worse. Here are some highlights of our work—both in California and beyond.After 2018 and 2019, which saw cities including San Francisco and Oakland passing municipal bans on government use of face recognition,...

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Hayley Tsukayama
Dec 30
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Competitive Compatibility: Year in Review 2020

Competitive Compatibility: Year in Review 2020

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare It2020 saw on take action against the dominance of the biggest tech platforms, with a flurry of pro-competition rules, investigations and lawsuits. As exciting as this is, it's just the beginning. Antitrust enforcement is often a matter of years or even decades, and if history is any judge, dominant companies will seek to avert precedent-setting judgments (which might lead to breakups) and instead try to settle their lawsuits, negotiating concessions rather than taking their chances before a judge.As an organization...

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Cory Doctorow
Dec 30
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Section 215 Expired: Year in Review 2020

Section 215 Expired: Year in Review 2020

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 due to its sunset clause. 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. As any...

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India McKinney
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