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Platform Liability Trends Around the Globe: Moving Forward
June 8, 2022, 6:41 PM
This is the final installment in a four-part blog series surveying global intermediary liability laws.  You can read additional posts here: 
Platform Liability Trends Around the Globe: From Safe Harbors to Increased Responsibility
Platform Liability Trends Around the Globe: Taxonomy and Tools of Intermediary Liability
Platform Liability Trends Around the Globe: Recent Noteworthy Developments
As this blog series has sought to show, increased attention on issues like hate speech, online haras...
Mandatory Student Spyware Is Creating a Perfect Storm of Human Rights Abuses
June 8, 2022, 5:49 PM
Spyware apps were foisted on students at the height of the Covid-19 lockdowns. Today, long after most students have returned to in-person learning, those apps are still proliferating, and enabling an ever-expanding range of human rights abuses. In a recent Center for Democracy and Technology report, 81 percent of teachers said their schools use some form of this "student monitoring" spyware. Yet many of the spyware companies supplying these apps seem neither prepared nor concerned about the ha...
The EU's New Message-Scanning Regulation Must Be Stopped
June 8, 2022, 3:04 PM
The executive body of the European Union is pushing forward with a proposal that will endanger privacy and security for us all.  When this proposal was made public by the EU Commission last month, we said it was a terrible idea. Today, we’re joining together with more than 70 organizations in Europe and around the world to explain how dangerous this proposed law will be. 
The Commission’s proposal would compel a broad range of technology companies to scan and analyze their users’ message...
Your Resistance Pauses Axon’s Dangerous Drone Tasers
June 7, 2022, 9:48 PM
After recent horrific mass shootings, police vendor Axon announced plans to develop a supposed solution: a remotely controlled drone armed with a taser. In response to this announcement, and in light of objections from Axon’s Ethics Board, EFF called on those concerned to voice their criticism and ask tough questions at the Axon CEO’s Reddit AMA about the project. Now, Axon has halted the project and a majority of its Ethics Board has resigned. You can read the entire AMA with Axon’s CEO ...
When DRM Comes For Your Wheelchair
June 7, 2022, 4:46 PM
Why EFF Supports Colorado’s Right to Repair Wheelchairs Law
Wheelchairs Break
Three million Americans rely on wheelchairs, which makes wheelchairs a key driver of the $50 billion Durable Medical Equipment industry. Many people depend on wheelchairs to help with the basic necessities of life: getting around the house, going to work, shopping, and spending time with families. This is especially true of powered wheelchairs, which integrate sophisticated computers that allow wheelchairs to respond...
   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...

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