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Immunity Passports Are a Threat to Our Privacy and Information Security

Immunity Passports Are a Threat to Our Privacy and Information Security

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWith states beginning to ease shelter-in-place restrictions, the conversation on COVID-19 has turned to questions of when and how we can return to work, take kids to school, or plan air travel.Several and U.S. states, including the UK, Italy, Chile, Germany, and , have expressed interest in so-called “immunity passports”—a system of requiring people to present supposed proof of immunity to COVID-19 in order to access public spaces, work sites, airports, schools, or other venues. In many proposed schemes, this proof...

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Two Federal COVID-19 Privacy Bills: A Good Start and a Misstep

Two Federal COVID-19 Privacy Bills: A Good Start and a Misstep

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItCOVID-19, and containment efforts that rely on personal data, are shining a spotlight on a longstanding problem: our nation’s lack of sufficient laws to protect data privacy. Two bills before Congress attempt to solve this problem as to COVID-19 data. One is a good start that needs improvements. The other is a misstep that EFF strongly opposes.The (PHEPA) was by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Mark Warner, and U.S. Representatives Anna Eshoo, Jan Schakowsky and Suzan DelBene. It has some major elements that...

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EFF to Court: Broadband Privacy Law Passes First Amendment Muster

EFF to Court: Broadband Privacy Law Passes First Amendment Muster

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWhen it comes to surveillance of our online lives, Internet service providers (ISPs) are some of the worst offenders. Last year, the state of Maine passed a targeted at the harms ISPs do to their customers when they use and sell their personal information. Now that law is under from a group of ISPs who claim it violates their First Amendment rights. The lawsuit raises a number of issues—including free speech and data privacy—that are crucial to maintaining an open Internet. So EFF filed an amicus arguing that...

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How Big Tech Monopolies Distort Our Public Discourse

How Big Tech Monopolies Distort Our Public Discourse

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItLong before the pandemic crisis, there was widespread concern over the impact that tech was having on the quality of our discourse, from disinformation campaigns to influence campaigns to polarization.It's true that the way we talk to each other and about the world has changed, both in form (thanks to the migration of discourse to online platforms) and in kind, whether that's (emojis, memes, ASCII art and emoticons) or .A common explanation for the change in our discourse is that the biggest tech platforms use...

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A Plan to Pay Artists, Encourage Competition, and Promote Free Expression

A Plan to Pay Artists, Encourage Competition, and Promote Free Expression

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItUpdate/Correction, May 27 2020, 2PM Pacific. An earlier version of this article contained the phrase "the the online music industry is currently revenues than the music industry did at the height of the CD bubble"; this has been corrected to read "the online music industry is currently revenues than the music industry at any time since the CD bubble."As Congress gets ready for yet another hearing on copyright and music, we’d like to suggest that rather than more “fact-finding,” where the facts are inevitably skewed...

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Watch EFF Cybersecurity Director Eva Galperin's TED Talk About Stalkerware

Watch EFF Cybersecurity Director Eva Galperin's TED Talk About Stalkerware

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare It%3Ciframe%20src%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fembed%2FxzWFrHHTrs8%3Fautoplay%3D1%26mute%3D1%22%20allow%3D%22accelerometer%3B%20autoplay%3B%20encrypted-media%3B%20gyroscope%3B%20picture-in-picture%22%20allowfullscreen%3D%22%22%20width%3D%22560%22%20height%3D%22315%22%20frameborder%3D%220%22%3E%3C%2Fiframe%3EAfter years of studying how nation-state actors use advanced malware to spy on journalists, activists, lawyers, scientists, and others who practice dissent and advocacy, Galperin shifted her focus to how...

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Hearing Tuesday: EFF Urges California Lawmakers to Pass Fiber Broadband for All Bill To Ensure Full Internet Access For Everyone During the Pandemic and Beyond

Hearing Tuesday: EFF Urges California Lawmakers to Pass Fiber Broadband for All Bill To Ensure Full Internet Access For Everyone During the Pandemic and Beyond

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.Over One Million Californians Lack Access to High-Speed BroadbandPRESS RELEASEShare ItSacramento, California—On Tuesday, May 26, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will ask California senators to approve a measure that will transition the state’s outdated communications network to fiber, bringing affordable high-speed broadband service, essential during the pandemic and beyond, to all residents.EFF Senior Legislative Counsel Ernesto Falcon will testify Tuesday afternoon at a California Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications...

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Facebook's Oversight Board: Who (and What) Is Missing From the Picture So Far

Facebook's Oversight Board: Who (and What) Is Missing From the Picture So Far

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItThis blog post with co-authored with of , a Santa Clara Principles partner. As COVID-19 has spread around the world and online platforms have scrambled to adjust their operations and workforces to a new reality, company commitments to theWe're closely watching how Facebook enforces its newly-announced policy that limits speech by users who are organizing public protests. This policy is deserving of special attention since it effects free expression on two levels: the organization of the protest itself, and...

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Corynne McSherry
May 20
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EFF to Appeals Court: Reverse Legal Gotchas on Ordinary Internet Activities

EFF to Appeals Court: Reverse Legal Gotchas on Ordinary Internet Activities

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIn the Internet age, copyright decisions can have enormous consequences for all kinds of activities, because almost everything we do on the Internet involves making copies. And when courts make a mistake, they may create all sorts of unexpected legal risks. As we explained to the Eleventh Circuit yesterday, a recent ruling from the district court in MidlevelU v. ACI Information Group did just that not once, but twice.ACI runs Newstex, a news aggregation service that collects and curates blog posts, press releases,...

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Mitch Stoltz
May 22
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EFF to UN Expert on Racial Discrimination: Mass Border Surveillance Hurts Vulnerable Communities

EFF to UN Expert on Racial Discrimination: Mass Border Surveillance Hurts Vulnerable Communities

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItIn a landmark decision, the German Constitutional Court that mass surveillance of telecommunications outside of Germany conducted on foreign nationals is . Thanks to the chief legal counsel, Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF), this a major victory for global civil liberties, but especially those that live and...EFF is proud to announce a new addition to our crack advisory board: security expert and scholar Tadayoshi Kohno. A professor at University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer...

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Matthew Guariglia
May 21
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New Low for a Bad Patent: Patent Troll Sues Ventilator Company

New Low for a Bad Patent: Patent Troll Sues Ventilator Company

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItPatent trolls don’t care much about innovation. Their lawsuits and threats are attempts at rent-seeking; they’re demanding money from people who make, use, or sell technology just for doing what they were already doing—for crossing the proverbial “bridge” that the patent troll has decided to lurk under.You might think that, during the Coronavirus outbreak and concurrent economic downturn, meritless patent threats might ease up a bit. After all, a lot of companies—particularly smaller ones—are having a hard time...

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Joe Mullin
May 20
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International Proposals for Warrantless Location Surveillance To Fight COVID-19

International Proposals for Warrantless Location Surveillance To Fight COVID-19

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIndividualized Location Tracking Israel,South AfricaPolandSlovakiaCroatia’sBulgaria,Peruegularly Peru has declared a state of emergency in conflict rural areas   to defend their land, the environment, and their rights.  South KoreaEcuador,"While we recognize the severity of the current health crisis and acknowledge that the use of emergency powers is allowed by international law in response to significant threats, we urgently remind States that any emergency responses to the coronavirus must be proportionate,...

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Katitza Rodriguez
May 21
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California Prisons Block AI Researchers from Examining Parole Denials

California Prisons Block AI Researchers from Examining Parole Denials

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.EFF Clients Want Access to Public Records on Race and Ethnicity in Parole HearingsPRESS RELEASEShare ItSan Francisco - A team of researchers who want to develop a machine learning platform to help analyze and detect any patterns of bias in California parole-suitability decisions has been blocked for years by the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). In a lawsuit filed today by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the researchers argue that the state’s public records law requires the release of race and...

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May 20
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No to California Bill on Verified Credentials of COVID-19 Test Results

No to California Bill on Verified Credentials of COVID-19 Test Results

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEFF a California bill, , that would authorize the issuers of COVID-19 test results to do so with digital verifiable credentials. This bill would take us a step towards national digital identification, create information security risks, exacerbate social inequities in access to smartphones and COVID-19 tests, endorse one solution to an evolving technological problem, and fail to limit who may view credentials of test results. The bill also would not effectively advance its stated goal of addressing the COVID-19...

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May 20
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Security Expert Tadayoshi Kohno Joins EFF Advisory Board

Security Expert Tadayoshi Kohno Joins EFF Advisory Board

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItEFF is proud to announce a new addition to our crack advisory board: security expert and scholar Tadayoshi Kohno. A professor at University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, is a researcher whose work focuses on identifying and fixing security flaws in emerging technologies, the Internet, and the cloud. examines and tests software and networks with the goal of developing solutions to security and privacy risks before those risks become a threat. His research focuses on helping...

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May 19
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The House Passed Legislation to Keep People Online Despite COVID-19, And the Senate Should Follow

The House Passed Legislation to Keep People Online Despite COVID-19, And the Senate Should Follow

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItThere's a dirty secret in the incredible growth of Silicon Valley's tech giants: it's a cheat. Historically, US antitrust regulators would be deeply concerned about mergers with major competitors in concentrated markets ("mergers to monopoly") and acquisitions of small companies to neutralize future competitive threats ("catch and kill"). And while...Our friends and right to repair leaders at iFixit are can-do people. If they see a need they can fill, they step up to do it – even if that need is massive....

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May 18
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Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItThere's a dirty secret in the incredible growth of Silicon Valley's tech giants: it's a cheat. Historically, US antitrust regulators would be deeply concerned about mergers with major competitors in concentrated markets ("mergers to monopoly") and acquisitions of small companies to neutralize future competitive threats ("catch and kill"). And while often permitted, vertical integration ("platform monopolies" where the company that owns a key service competes with its own customers) would at least merit close...

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May 19
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Balanced Copyright Rules Can Help Save Lives During the COVID 19 Crisis

Balanced Copyright Rules Can Help Save Lives During the COVID 19 Crisis

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItOur friends and right to repair leaders at iFixit are can-do people. If they see a need they can fill, they step up to do it – even if that need is massive. And they’ve done precisely that with a new and user-friendly for mission-critical medical equipment, including easy-to-use repair guides that boil down key information. Thanks to this project, biomedical technicians can quickly and easily access the information they need to keep medical equipment up and running, saving time, money, and lives.You might think...

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Corynne McSherry
May 19
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Victory! German Mass Surveillance Abroad is Ruled Unconstitutional

Victory! German Mass Surveillance Abroad is Ruled Unconstitutional

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIn a landmark decision, the German Constitutional Court that mass surveillance of telecommunications outside of Germany conducted on foreign nationals is . Thanks to the chief legal counsel, Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte (GFF), this a major victory for global civil liberties, but especially those that live and work in Europe. Many will now be protected after lackluster 2016 surveillance reforms the surveillance on EU states and institutions for the purpose of “foreign policy and security,” and permitted the BND...

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Matthew Guariglia
May 19
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House Legislation Guarantees Internet Access for Those Affected by COVID-19

House Legislation Guarantees Internet Access for Those Affected by COVID-19

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItCompanies and governments across the world are building and deploying a dizzying number of systems and apps to fight COVID-19. Many groups have converged on using Bluetooth-assisted proximity tracking for the purpose of . Even so, there are many ways to approach the problem, and dozens of proposals...This blog post with co-authored with of , a Santa Clara Principles partner. As COVID-19 has spread around the world and online platforms have scrambled to adjust their operations and workforces to a new...

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Ernesto Falcon
May 13
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Court Upholds Public Right of Access to Court Documents

Court Upholds Public Right of Access to Court Documents

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItA core part of EFF’s mission is transparency and access to information, because we know that in a nation bound by the rule of law, the public must have the ability to know the law and how it is being applied. That’s why the default rule is that the public must have full access to court records—even if those records contain unsavory details. Any departure from that rule must be narrow and well-justified.But litigants and judges aren’t always rigorous in upholding that principle. For example, when Brian Fargo sued...

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Corynne McSherry
May 12
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Governments Shouldn’t Use “Centralized” Proximity Tracking Technology

Governments Shouldn’t Use “Centralized” Proximity Tracking Technology

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItThis blog post with co-authored with of , a Santa Clara Principles partner. As COVID-19 has spread around the world and online platforms have scrambled to adjust their operations and workforces to a new reality, company commitments to theWe're closely watching how Facebook enforces its newly-announced policy that limits speech by users who are organizing public protests. This policy is deserving of special attention since it effects free expression on two levels: the organization of the protest itself, and...

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May 12
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The Santa Clara Principles During COVID-19: More Important Than Ever

The Santa Clara Principles During COVID-19: More Important Than Ever

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItShare ItWe're closely watching how Facebook enforces its newly-announced policy that limits speech by users who are organizing public protests. This policy is deserving of special attention since it effects free expression on two levels: the organization of the protest itself, and the speech about it. This new policy adds to...In 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...

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May 11
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Understandable But Nonetheless Troubling: Facebook's Ban On In-Person Events

Understandable But Nonetheless Troubling: Facebook's Ban On In-Person Events

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItWe're closely watching how Facebook enforces its newly-announced policy that limits speech by users who are organizing public protests. This policy is deserving of special attention since it effects free expression on two levels: the organization of the protest itself, and the speech about it. This new policy adds to Facebook’s overall content moderation burden at a time when the company is already unable to keep up with user reports and appeals. One of the great benefits of Facebook is that it is a powerful and...

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May 11
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The Patent Office Is “Adjusting” to a Supreme Court Ruling by Ignoring It

The Patent Office Is “Adjusting” to a Supreme Court Ruling by Ignoring It

Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area.DEEPLINKS BLOGShare ItIn 2014, the Supreme Court decided the landmark Alice v. CLS Bank case. The Court held generic computers, performing generic computer functions, can’t make something eligible for patent protection. That shouldn’t be controversial, but it took Alice to make this important limitation on patent-eligibility crystal clear.Last year, the Patent Office decided to work around that decision, so that the door to bogus software patents could swing open once again. The office issued new guidance telling its examiners how to...

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