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Speech-Related Offenses Should be Excluded from the Proposed UN Cybercrime Treaty
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/06/speech-related-offenses-should-be-excluded-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...
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EFF to Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Colombia’s Surveillance of Human Rights-Defending Lawyers Group Violated International Law
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/06/eff-inter-american-court-human-rights-colombias-surveillance-human-rights
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...
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Axon Must Not Arm Drones with Tasers https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/06/axon-must-not-arm-drones-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...
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San Francisco Police Nailed for Violating Public Records Laws Regarding Face Recognition and Fusion Center Documents
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/06/san-francisco-police-nailed-violating-public-records-laws-regarding-face
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...
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New York: Tell Your Assemblymembers to Pass This Landmark Repair Bill
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/06/new-york-tell-your-assemblymembers-pass-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 ...
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Hearing Wednesday: EFF Testifies Against SFPD for Violating Transparency Laws
https://www.eff.org/press/releases/hearing-wednesday-eff-testifies-against-sfpd-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...
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Community Activists Reach Settlement With Marin County Sheriff for Unlawfully Sharing Drivers’ Locations with Out-Of-State and Federal Agencies
https://www.eff.org/press/releases/community-activists-reach-settlement-marin-county-sheriff-unlawfully-sharing-drivers
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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Podcast Episode: Wordle and the Web We Need
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/podcast-episode-wordle-and-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 ...
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Massachusetts' Highest Court Upholds Cell Tower Dump Warrant
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/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...
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Patent Troll Uses Ridiculous "People Finder" Patent to Sue Small Dating Companies https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/patent-troll-uses-ridiculous-people-finder-patent-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...
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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
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/11th-circuits-ruling-uphold-injunction-against-floridas-social-media-law-win-amid
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...
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California Bill Would Make New Broadband Networks More Expensive https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/california-bill-would-make-new-broadband-networks-more-expensive
May 26, 2022, 4:57 PM
The state of California is primed to bring 21st-century fiber access at affordable rates to every Californian. Last year’s unanimous passage of S.B. 156, a historic multi-billion investment in broadband, means every California community has the resources available to chart a long-term course toward building fiber networks. The Department of Commerce’s recent National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) proposal to allocate $48 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure bill ...
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Platform Liability Trends Around the Globe: Taxonomy and Tools of Intermediary Liability
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/platform-liability-trends-around-globe-taxonomy-and-tools-intermediary-liability
May 25, 2022, 4:40 PM
This is the second 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 ResponsibilityPlatform Liability Trends Around the Globe: Recent Noteworthy DevelopmentsThe web of global intermediary liability laws has grown increasingly vast and complex as policymakers around the world move to adopt stricter legal frameworks for platform regulation. To help det...
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Podcast Episode: Securing the Vote
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/podcast-episode-securing-vote
May 24, 2022, 8:12 AM
U.S. democracy is at an inflection point, and how we administer and verify our elections is more important than ever. From hanging chads to glitchy touchscreens to partisan disinformation, too many Americans worry that their votes won’t count and that election results aren’t trustworthy. It’s crucial that citizens have well-justified confidence in this pillar of our republic.
Technology can provide answers - but that doesn’t mean moving elections online. As president and CEO of the nonpa...
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Data Brokers and True the Vote are the Real Villains of "2000 Mules" Movie
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/data-brokers-and-true-vote-are-villains-2000-mules-movie
May 23, 2022, 7:53 PM
2000 Mules is a movie which claims to expose election fraud with phone app location data. While these claims have already been thoroughly debunked, the movie also deserves condemnation for performing wildly invasive research on thousands of people’s location data without their consent or even knowledge. It is a reminder of our need to stop the industry of shady data brokers that enabled this massive privacy invasion.
In its attempt to demonstrate widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential elect...
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EFF to Court: California Law Does Not Bar Content Moderation on Social Media
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/eff-court-california-law-does-not-bar-content-moderation-social-media
May 23, 2022, 7:17 PM
Moderated platforms often struggle to draw workable lines between content that is permitted, and content that's not. Every online forum for user speech struggles with this problem, not just the dominant social media platforms. Laws protecting companies’ ability to moderate their platforms free from legal mandates benefit the public, and help to create a diverse array of online spaces, with varied editorial views and community norms. In April, EFF told California’s Sixth Court of Appeals tha...
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EFF Opposes Anti-Fiber, Anti-Affordability Legislation in California That Will Raise Prices on Middle Income Users
https://www.eff.org/press/releases/eff-opposes-anti-fiber-anti-affordability-legislation-california-will-raise-prices
May 23, 2022, 7:05 PM
California taxpayers are funding the creation of rural fiber infrastructure and should be guaranteed affordable access to 21st century broadband infrastructure.SACRAMENTO, CA – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) opposes legislation sponsored by AT&amp;T, AB 2749 (Quirk-Silva), that would undermine California’s historic broadband infrastructure law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom last July.
The bill would amend the newly created grant program for funding broadband access in unserved areas b...
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Escape from Zoom: EFF's 6th Annual Tech Trivia Night Returns to Meatspace!
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/escape-zoom-effs-6th-annual-tech-trivia-night-returns-meatspace
May 23, 2022, 7:00 AM
The Cybertiger has escaped his Zoom meetings, yes! YES! The Cybertiger is out!After over two years of virtual meetings, EFF's Cooper "Cybertiger" Quintin returned to the stage, live and in-person! Friends reunited, suspicions that all our coworkers were actually holograms were assuaged (for now), and the tacos were delicious. So, so, delicious.After some much needed comradery, the competition was on! Five teams put their tech know-how to the test, all vying for the chance to win an EFF prize pac...
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DOJ’s New CFAA Policy is a Good Start But Does Not Go Far Enough to Protect Security Researchers
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/dojs-new-cfaa-policy-good-start-does-not-go-far-enough-protect-security
May 19, 2022, 9:32 PM
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the notoriously vague anti-hacking law, is long overdue for major reform. Among many problems, the CFAA has been used to target security researchers whose work uncovering software vulnerabilities frequently irritates corporations (and U.S. Attorneys). The Department of Justice (DOJ) today announced a new policy under which it will not bring CFAA prosecutions against those engaged “solely” in “good faith” security research.It's an important step fo...
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Two of Peru's Top ISPs Improve Transparency Practices, While Two Competitors Lag Behind, New Hiperderecho's Report Shows
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/perus-isps-show-imbalanced-commitments-users-privacy-new-hiperderechos-report
May 19, 2022, 8:55 PM
Peru’s top two telecom operators Movistar (Telefónica) and Claro (América Móvil) continued to earn high marks for being transparent about government requests for user data, while competitors Bitel (Viettel) and Entel slightly improved practices promoting human rights, but in general lagged behind, according to a new report issued today from digital rights group Hiperderecho.  Hiperderecho’s new ¿Quién Defiende Tus Datos? (“Who Defends Your Data”) report, launched today, reveals di...
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Platform Liability Trends Around the Globe: From Safe Harbors to Increased Responsibility
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/platform-liability-trends-around-globe-safe-harbors-increased-responsibility
May 19, 2022, 4:59 PM
This is the first installment in a four-part blog series surveying global intermediary liability laws. You can read additional posts here: 
Platform Liability Trends Around the Globe: Taxonomy and Tools of Intermediary Liability
Platform Liability Trends Around the Globe: Recent Noteworthy Developments
The vast majority of internet users around the world interact with online intermediaries—including internet service providers (ISPs), search engines, and social media platforms—on a regular...
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We Finally Have a Federal Fiber Broadband Plan
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/we-finally-have-federal-fiber-broadband-plan
May 18, 2022, 6:25 PM
There is a lot to appreciate in the recently published “Notice of Funding Opportunity” (NOFO) by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA). It is arguably the first federal government proposal that seeks to promote infrastructure policies focused on the future, rather than the usual subsidizing “good enough for now” access. That means that the American government, or at least part of it, finally recognizes what appears obvious: that the ...
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New Surveillance Transparency Report Documents an Urgent Need for Change
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/new-surveillance-transparency-report-documents-urgent-need-change
May 18, 2022, 6:02 PM
The U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) has released its Annual Statistical Transparency Report disclosing the use of national security surveillance laws for the year 2021—and to no one’s surprise it documents the wide-ranging overreach of intelligence agencies and the continued misuse of surveillance authorities to spy on millions of Americans. Specifically, the report chronicles how Section 702, an amendment to the Foriegn Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), that authorizes the U.S. governm...
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EFF to Supreme Court: Put Texas Social Media Law Back on Hold
https://www.eff.org/press/releases/eff-supreme-court-put-texas-social-media-law-back-hold
May 17, 2022, 10:57 PM
Users Should Be Able to Choose Among Platforms With Different Moderation PoliciesWASHINGTON, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to halt enforcement of Texas’ constitutionally questionable social media law, which allows the state to dictate what speech platforms must publish and may lead to more, not less, censorship of user expression as platforms face a storm of lawsuits.EFF,  joined by the Center for Democracy and Technology, the National Coal...
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Podcast Episode: An AI Hammer in Search of a Nail
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/podcast-episode-ai-hammer-search-nail
May 17, 2022, 8:17 AM
It often feels like machine learning experts are running around with a hammer, looking at everything as a potential nail - they have a system that does cool things and is fun to work on, and they go in search of things to use it for. But what if we flip that around and start by working with people in various fields - education, health, or economics, for example - to clearly define societal problems, and then design algorithms providing useful steps to solve them?
Rediet Abebe, a researcher and p...
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British Citizen Alaa Abd El Fattah Demands An End to Mistreatment in Egyptian Prison
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/british-citizen-alaa-abd-el-fattah-demands-end-mistreatment-egyptian-prison
May 16, 2022, 7:26 PM
Egyptian blogger, coder, and free speech activist Alaa Abd El Fattah is on day 45 of a hunger strike in protest of his mistreatment in an Egyptian prison. Alaa was sentenced, without due process, late last year, after spending two years at a maximum-security prison in Tora, 12 miles south of Cairo, in pre-trial detention. He was granted British citizenship in April, and civil society groups—including Access Now, Reporters Without Borders, Amnesty UK, English PEN, and EFF—are joining the call...
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EFF, Al Sur Launch Guide to Raise Awareness About Deficiencies in Cross-Border Surveillance Treaty and Strategies to Mitigate Human Rights Risks
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/eff-al-sur-launch-guide-raise-awareness-about-deficiencies-cross-border
May 16, 2022, 5:08 PM
Download the report
Latin American countries have a choice to make in the coming months—whether to accede to a new set of rules for coordinating and cooperating with each other and nations around the world on criminal investigations. Opened for signature on May 12, the Protocol has already more than 20 signing States, pending their ratification. Chile and Colombia are part of the list.
The 10,000-word Second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Cybercrime Convention aims to make cross-border ex...
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Geofence Warrants and Reverse Keyword Warrants are So Invasive, Even Big Tech Wants to Ban Them
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/geofence-warrants-and-reverse-keyword-warrants-are-so-invasive-even-big-tech-wants
May 13, 2022, 7:27 PM
Geofence and reverse keyword warrants are some of the most dangerous, civil-liberties-infringing and reviled tools in law enforcement agencies’ digital toolbox. It turns out that these warrants are so invasive of user privacy that big tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo are willing to support banning them. The three tech giants have issued a public statement through a trade organization,“Reform Government Surveillance,'' that they will support a bill before the New York State le...
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California Law Enforcement Now Needs Approval for Military-Grade Surveillance Equipment. We'll Be Watching.
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/california-law-enforcement-now-needs-approval-military-grade-surveillance
May 12, 2022, 9:19 PM
California residents finally have a law designed to dismantle some of the secrecy around domestic acquisitions of warzone surveillance equipment.
The weapons of the United States military—drones, mobile command centers, sound cannons, and more—have been handed off to local law enforcement for years. The transfers have equipped police departments with the ability to redirect surveillance tools and the weapons of war designed for foreign adversaries toward often-faultless targets on U.S. soil...
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In a Blow to Free Speech, Texas’ Social Media Law Allowed to Proceed Pending Appeal
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/blow-free-speech-texas-unconstitutional-social-media-law-allowed-proceed-pending
May 12, 2022, 4:56 PM
A constitutionally problematic Texas law limiting social media companies exercising their First Amendment rights to curate the content they carry can go into effect after a federal appeals court lifted a lower court’s injunction blocking it. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, lifted the injunction in a one-sentence order without giving a reason. The law, Texas HB 20, which prohibits large social media platforms from removing or moderating...
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The EU Commission’s New Proposal Would Undermine Encryption And Scan Our Messages
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/eu-commissions-new-proposal-would-undermine-encryption-and-scan-our-messages
May 12, 2022, 12:23 AM
The executive body of the European Union published today a legislative proposal (text) that, if it became law, would be a disaster for online privacy in the EU and throughout the world. In the name of fighting crimes against children, the EU Commission has suggested new rules that would compel a broad range of internet services, including hosting and messaging services, to search for, and report, child abuse material. 
The Commission’s new demands would require regular plain-text access to us...
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EFF to Court: Fair Use is a Right Congress Cannot Cast Aside
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/eff-court-fair-use-right-congress-cannot-cast-aside
May 11, 2022, 7:18 PM
Copyright law and free expression have always been in tension, with the courts protecting speech from overzealous copyright claims using legal doctrines such as fair use. But in 1998, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and since then courts have interpreted its “anti-circumvention” provision to give rightsholders the unprecedented power to block even fair uses of their works, whenever that use requires bypassing an access control like encryption or DRM.
This has harmed ind...
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How to Disable Ad ID Tracking on iOS and Android, and Why You Should Do It Now
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/how-disable-ad-id-tracking-ios-and-android-and-why-you-should-do-it-now
May 11, 2022, 6:12 PM
The ad identifier - aka “IDFA” on iOS, or “AAID” on Android - is the key that enables most third-party tracking on mobile devices. Disabling it will make it substantially harder for advertisers and data brokers to track and profile you, and will limit the amount of your personal information up for sale.
This post explains the history of device ad identifiers and how they have enabled persistent tracking, identification, and other privacy invasions. 
But first things first. Here’s how ...
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What Companies Can Do Now to Protect Digital Rights In A Post-Roe World
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/what-companies-can-do-now-protect-digital-rights-post-roe-world
May 10, 2022, 7:57 PM
The increasing risk that the Supreme Court will overturn federal constitutional abortion protections has refocused attention on the role digital service providers of all kinds play in facilitating access to health information, education, and care—and the data they collect in return.
In a post-Roe world, service providers can expect a raft of subpoenas and warrants seeking user data that could be employed to prosecute abortion seekers, providers, and helpers. They can also expect pressure to ag...
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Reproductive Privacy Requires Data Privacy
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/reproductive-privacy-requires-data-privacy
May 10, 2022, 6:46 PM
EFF supports data privacy for all, and that includes people seeking reproductive health care. Even before the Supreme Court draft decision regarding Roe v. Wade leaked, EFF was engaged with reproductive justice advocates on how to better protect data privacy for people seeking care, providing it, and funding it. We’ve provided digital privacy and security tips for patients seeking care and people involved in abortion access. But more is needed.
That's why EFF supports California’s A.B. 2091,...
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A Token of Thanks for a Brighter Future
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/04/token-thanks-brighter-future
May 10, 2022, 4:39 PM
UPDATE: All Sustaining Donor Challenge Coins have been claimed! But there’s plenty of other member gear, and EFF can sure use your help.
EFF members have joined forces to fight for civil liberties and human rights online for over 30 years. Our movement has never been an easy one, but the future of technology depends on our determination. EFF members power EFF’s attorneys, activists, and technologists every day. Together, we can make a difference for every tech users’ right to privacy, f...
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Podcast Episode: The Philosopher King
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/podcast-episode-philosopher-king
May 10, 2022, 8:04 AM
Computer scientists often build algorithms with a keen focus on “solving the problem,” without considering the larger implications and potential misuses of the technology they’re creating. That’s how we wind up with machine learning that prevents qualified job applicants from advancing, or blocks mortgage applicants from buying homes, or creates miscarriages of justice in parole and other aspects of the criminal justice system.
James Mickens—a lifelong hacker, perennial wisecracker, an...
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EFF and Other Civil Society Organizations Issue Report on Danger to Digital Rights in Ola Bini Trial https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/eff-and-other-civil-society-organizations-issue-report-danger-digital-rights-what
May 9, 2022, 8:09 PM
In preparation for what may be the final days of the trial of Ola Bini, an open source and free software developer arrested shortly after Julian Assange's ejection from Ecuador’s London Embassy, civil society organizations observing the case have issued a report citing due process violations, technical weaknesses, political pressures, and risks that this criminal prosecution entails for the protection of digital rights. Bini was initially detained three years ago and previous stages of his pro...
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Thomson Reuters to Review Human Rights Impact of its Data Collection for ICE
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/thomson-reuters-review-human-rights-impact-its-data-collection-ice
May 9, 2022, 4:04 PM
EFF, along with many other organizations, has loudly sounded the alarm about data brokers and the myriad ways they can collect data on unsuspecting users, as well as the numerous dangers of public-private surveillance partnerships. One of the companies that has sometimes flown under the radar, however, is the Canada-based media conglomerate Thomson Reuters.  But after coming under increasing criticism for its provision of surveillance technologies to and contracts with U.S. Immigration and Cust...
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SafeGraph’s Disingenuous Claims About Location Data Mask a Dangerous Industry
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/safegraphs-disingenuous-claims-about-location-data-mask-dangerous-industry
May 6, 2022, 7:54 PM
On Tuesday, Motherboard reported that data broker SafeGraph was selling location information “related to visits to clinics that provide abortions including Planned Parenthood facilities.” This included where people came from and where they went afterwards.
In response, SafeGraph agreed to stop selling data about Planned Parenthood visitors. But it also defended its behavior, claiming “SafeGraph has always committed to the highest level of privacy practices ensuring individual privacy is NE...
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The Movement to Ban Government Use of Face Recognition
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/movement-ban-government-use-face-recognition
May 5, 2022, 3:42 PM
In the hands of police and other government agencies, face recognition technology presents an inherent threat to our privacy, free expression, information security, and social justice. Our faces are unique identifiers that can’t be left at home, or replaced like a stolen ID or compromised password. The technology facilitates covert mass surveillance of the places we frequent, people we associate with, and, purportedly, our emotional state.
Fortunately, communities across the country are fighti...
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Digital Security and Privacy Tips for Those Involved in Abortion Access
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/digital-security-and-privacy-tips-those-involved-abortion-access
May 4, 2022, 9:11 PM
Legislation deputizing people to find, sue, and collect damages from anyone who tries to help people seeking abortion care creates serious digital privacy and security risks for those involved in abortion access. Patients, their family members and friends, doctors, nurses, clinic staff, reproductive rights activists, abortion rights counselors and website operators, insurance providers, and even drivers who help take patients to clinics may face grave risks to their privacy and safety. Other leg...
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The EU's Copyright Directive Is Still About Filters, But EU’s Top Court Limits Its Use
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/eus-copyright-directive-still-about-filters-eus-top-court-limits-its-use
May 4, 2022, 7:00 AM
The Court of Justice of the European Union has issued a long-awaited judgment on the compatibility of the EU Copyright Directive’s filtering requirements with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The ruling recognizes the tension between copyright filters and the right to freedom of expression, but falls short of banning upload filters altogether.
Under Article 17 of the EU’s controversial Copyright Directive, large tech companies must ensure that infringing content is no...
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Digital Rights Updates with EFFector 34.3
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/digital-rights-updates-effector-343
May 3, 2022, 3:53 PM
Want the latest news on your digital rights? Well, you're in luck! Version 34, issue 3 of our EFFector newsletter is out now. Catch up on the latest EFF news by reading our newsletter or listening to the new audio version below. This issue includes Google's willingness to give U.S. law enforcement information from keyword search warrants and, of course, our thoughts and suggestions for Twitter's new owner.
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Podcast Episode: Teaching AI to Its Targets
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/podcast-episode-teaching-ai-its-targets
May 3, 2022, 11:37 AM
Too many young people – particularly young people of color – lack enough familiarity or experience with emerging technologies to recognize how artificial intelligence can impact their lives, in either a harmful or an empowering way. Educator Ora Tanner saw this and rededicated her career toward promoting tech literacy and changing how we understand data sharing and surveillance, as well as teaching how AI can be both a dangerous tool and a powerful one for innovation and activism.
By now her...
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Tracking Exposed: Demanding That the Gods Explain Themselves
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/05/tracking-exposed-demanding-gods-explain-themselves
May 2, 2022, 8:17 PM
Imagine if your boss made up hundreds of petty rules and refused to disclose them, but every week, your pay was  docked based on how many of those rules you broke. When you’re an online creator and your “boss” is a giant social media platform, that’s exactly how your compensation works.
“Algospeak” is a new English dialect that emerged from the desperate attempts of social media users to “please the algorithm”: that is, to avoid words and phrases that cause social media platform...
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The EU Digital Markets Act Places New Obligations on “Gatekeeper” Platforms
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/04/eu-digital-markets-act-places-new-obligations-gatekeeper-platforms
May 2, 2022, 6:09 PM
The European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) is a proposal for bringing competition and fairness back to online platform markets. It just cleared a major hurdle on the way to becoming law in the EU as the European Parliament and the Council, representing the member states, reached a political agreement.
The DMA is complex and has many facets, but its overall approach is to place new requirements and restrictions on online “gatekeepers”: the largest tech platforms, which control access to...
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The EU Digital Markets Act’s Interoperability Rule Addresses An Important Need, But Raises Difficult Security Problems for Encrypted Messaging
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/04/eu-digital-markets-acts-interoperability-rule-addresses-important-need-raises
May 2, 2022, 5:46 PM
The European Union’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) allows new messaging services to demand interoperability (the ability to exchange messages) from the internet's largest messaging services (like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage). Interoperability is an important tool to promote competition and prevent monopolists from shutting down user-empowering innovation. But an interoperability requirement for messaging services that are end-to-end encrypted raises particularly thorny security and ...
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EFF Statement on the Declaration for the Future of the Internet
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/04/eff-statement-declaration-future-internet
April 28, 2022, 8:12 PM
The White House announced today that sixty one countries have signed the Declaration for the Future of the Internet. The high-level vision and principles expressed in the Declaration—to have a single, global network that is truly open, fosters competition, respects privacy and inclusion, and protects human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people—are laudable. But clearly they are aspirational. Implementing these principles will require many signatory countries to change their current p...
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Canvas and other Online Learning Platforms Aren't Perfect—Just Ask Students
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/04/canvas-and-other-online-learning-platforms-arent-perfect-just-ask-students
April 27, 2022, 6:21 PM
School digital environments are increasingly locked down, increasingly invasive, and increasingly used for disciplinary action. This has never been more troubling than during the pandemic, with schools adopting remote proctoring and surveillance tools at alarming rates and entering students’ homes via school-issued and personal devices. As students have tried to educate their teachers and administrators about the dangers of surveillance and the need for student privacy, they have often fought ...
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