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Speech-Related Offenses Should be Excluded from the Proposed UN Cybercrime Treaty
June 6, 2022, 8:10 PM
Governments should protect people against cybercrime, and they should equally respect and protect people's human rights. However, across the world, governments routinely abuse cybercrime laws to crack down on human rights by criminalizing speech. Governments claim they must do so to combat disinformation, “religious, ethnic or sectarian hatred,” “rehabilitation of nazism,” or “the distribution of false information,” among other harms. But in practice they use these laws to suppress c...
EFF to Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Colombia’s Surveillance of Human Rights-Defending Lawyers Group Violated International Law
June 3, 2022, 4:57 PM
EFF, Article 19, Fundación Karisma, and Privacy International, represented by Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, urged the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to rule that Colombia’s existing legal framework regulating intelligence activities, and the unlawful and arbitrary surveillance of members of the Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers Collective (CAJAR) and their families, violated a constellation of human rights, including the rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and...
Axon Must Not Arm Drones with Tasers
June 2, 2022, 9:37 PM
Taser and surveillance vendor Axon has proposed what it claims to be the solution to the epidemic of school shootings in the United States: a remote-controlled flying drone armed with a taser. For many many reasons, this is a dangerous idea. Armed drones would mission-creep their way into more every-day policing. We must oppose a process of normalizing the arming of drones and robots.
EFF has stated strongly before that drones and robots, whether they be autonomous or remote-controlled, should n...
San Francisco Police Nailed for Violating Public Records Laws Regarding Face Recognition and Fusion Center Documents
June 2, 2022, 7:18 PM
By unanimous vote, San Francisco's public records appeals body ruled last night that the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) violated state and local laws when it failed to respond adequately to EFF's requests for documents about face recognition and the department's relationship with the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC), the Bay Area's fusion center. The Sunshine Ordinance Task Force further ordered SFPD to conduct a fresh search for records and respond point-by-poin...
New York: Tell Your Assemblymembers to Pass This Landmark Repair Bill
June 1, 2022, 9:29 PM
New York’s legislature has the chance to make history and stand up for users’ rights by passing the Digital Fair Repair Act. Assemblymember Patricia Fahy’s bill, A7006-B, would require companies to give people access to what they need to fix their stuff by selling spare parts and special tools at fair and reasonable terms. It would also provide all customers and third-party repair technicians access to repair information, software, and give them the ability to apply firmware patches.
Take ...
Hearing Wednesday: EFF Testifies Against SFPD for Violating Transparency Laws
June 1, 2022, 3:19 PM
Police Department Withheld Documents About Use of Face RecognitionSAN FRANCISCO – On Wednesday, June 1, at 5 p.m. PT, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will testify against the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) at the city’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force meeting. EFF filed a complaint against the SFPD for withholding records about a controversial investigation involving the use of facial recognition.
In September 2020, SFPD arrested a man who was suspected of illegally dischargin...
Community Activists Reach Settlement With Marin County Sheriff for Unlawfully Sharing Drivers’ Locations with Out-Of-State and Federal Agencies
June 1, 2022, 2:57 PM
Activists and Civil Rights Advocates Say Sheriff’s Sharing Practices Threatened Safety of Marginalized Groups SAN FRANCISCO—Community activists in Northern California today announced a settlement in their lawsuit against the County of Marin and Marin County Sheriff Robert Doyle, whose office illegally made the license plate and location information of local drivers, captured by a network of surveillance cameras, available to hundreds of federal and out-of-state agencies, including Immigratio...
Podcast Episode: Wordle and the Web We Need
May 31, 2022, 7:31 AM
Where is the internet we were promised? It feels like we’re dominated by megalithic, siloed platforms where users have little or no say over how their data is used and little recourse if they disagree, where direct interaction with users is seen as a bug to be fixed, and where art and creativity are just “content generation.”
But take a peek beyond those platforms and you can still find a thriving internet of millions who are empowered to control their own technology, art, and lives. Anil ...
Massachusetts' Highest Court Upholds Cell Tower Dump Warrant
May 27, 2022, 8:42 PM
This blog post was drafted with help from former EFF Legal Intern Emma Hagemann.
Massachusetts’ highest court has upheld the collection of mass cell tower data, despite recognizing that this data not only provides investigators with “highly personal and private” information but also has the potential to reveal “the locations, identities, and associations of tens of thousands of individuals.”
The case is Commonwealth v. Perry, and in it the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) add...
Patent Troll Uses Ridiculous "People Finder" Patent to Sue Small Dating Companies
May 27, 2022, 5:02 PM
Finding people near you with shared interests, and talking to them, has a very long history in human culture. We’re social animals. We need to find other people close to us to work together with, play games with, and build relationships and families with. Modern online social networks are built on top of those basic human needs. 
The technologies we humans use to do these things are ever-changing, but the basic concepts aren’t. Software that promotes new types of social networking is a terr...
11th Circuit's Ruling to Uphold Injunction Against Florida’s Social Media Law is a Win Amid a Growing Pack of Bad Online Speech Bills
May 26, 2022, 5:00 PM
There’s a lot to like in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling that much of Florida’s social media law—the parts which would prohibit internet platforms from removing or moderating any speech by or about political candidates or by “journalistic enterprises”—likely violate the First Amendment and should remain on hold. The decision is a win for free speech that stands in stark contrast with a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals May 12 ruling allowing a similar, constitutionally questio...
California Bill Would Make New Broadband Networks More Expensive

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