EFF : News (36)

Australian Government Wants to Give Satire The Boot

The National Symbols Officer of Australia recently wrote to Juice Media, producers of Rap News and Honest Government Adverts, suggesting that its use' of Australia's coat of arms violated various Australian laws. This threat came despite the fact that Juice Media's videos are clearly satire and no ...

KRACK Vulnerability: What You Need To Know

This week security researchers announced a newly discovered vulnerability dubbed KRACK, which affects several common security protocols for Wi-Fi, including WPA and WPA2. This is a bad vulnerability in that it likely affects billions of devices, many of which are hard to patch and will remain ...

Expanding E-Verify is a Privacy Disaster in the Making

E-Verify is a massive federal data system used to verify the eligibility of job applicants to work in the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security , U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services , and the U.S. Social Security Administration administer E-Verify. Until now, the federal ...

South Dakota Civil Liberties Groups Urge Senator Thune to Put the Brakes on SESTA

A coalition of civil liberties groups in South Dakota is sending a clear message to Senator John Thune: don't turn your back on our right to assemble online. The ACLU of South Dakota, Indivisible 605, Indivisible Rapid City, and Queer South Dakota signed a letter urging Senator Thune to put the ...

Alice Saves Medical Startup From Death By Telehealth Patent

Justus Decher, a veteran of the U.S. Army, has a motto he uses when faced with adversity: Don't get even, get Justice.' A health scare in 2010 saw Justus going to the emergency room about 20 times for observation. Each time he went, he would have a battery of tests to determine if something was ...

Whistleblower Protections in USA Liberty Act Not Enough

The USA Liberty Act fails to safeguard whistleblowers—both as federal employees and contractors—because of a total lack of protection from criminal prosecution. These shortcomings—which exist in other whistleblower protection laws—shine a light on much-needed Espionage Act reform, a law that ...

Digital Rights Groups Demand Deletion of Unlawful Filtering Mandate From Proposed EU Copyright Law

Today EFF and 56 other civil society organizations have sent an open letter  to European lawmakers outlining our grave concerns with Article 13 of the proposed new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which would impose a new responsibility on Internet platforms to filter content ...

USA Liberty Act Won't Fix What's Most Broken with NSA Internet Surveillance

A key legal linchpin for the National Security Agency's vast Internet surveillance program is scheduled to disappear in under 90 days. Section 702 of FISA—enacted in 2008 with little public awareness about the scope and power of the NSA's surveillance of the Internet—supposedly directs the NSA's ...

Q&A with Professor Xiaoxing Xi, Victim of Unjust Surveillance

Professor Xiaoxing Xi, a physics professor with Temple University, was the subject of government surveillance under a FISA order. During September's Color of Surveillance Hill briefing, Professor Xi told his story of the devastating impact of government surveillance on his life. ...

California Governor Signs Bill to Defend Against Religious Registries

On the last day to act on legislation in 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill creating a firewall between the state's data and any attempt by the federal government to create lists, registries, or databases based on a person's religion, nationality, or ethnicity.  S.B. 31 was one of ...

California Police and Civil Liberties Groups Agreed on a Simple Transparency Measure. Gov. Brown Vetoed It Anyway.

California Gov. Jerry Brown used the weekend to veto one of 2017's last remaining bills to shine light on police practices.  S.B. 345 was pretty straightforward: every law enforcement agency would have to upload its policies and training materials to its public website—but only documents that ...

Pass the Protecting Data at the Border Act

This blog post was first published in The Hill on September 28, 2017. The federal government sees the U.S. border as a Constitution-free zone. The Department of Homeland Security claims that border officers—from Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement —can freely ...

Victory! California Just Reformed Its Gang Databases and Made Them More Accountable

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed A.B. 90, a bill that EFF advocated for to bring additional accountability and transparency to the various shared gang databases maintained by the State of California. With a campaign organized by a broad coalition of civil liberties organizations—such as Youth Justice ...

Copyright Isn't a Tool for Removing Negative Reviews

At EFF, we see endless attempts to misuse copyright law in order to silence content that a person dislikes. Copyright law is sadly less protective of speech than other speech regulations like defamation, so plaintiffs are motivated to find ways to turn many kinds of disputes into issues of copyright ...

Digital Trade Agreements Failing to Reflect Internet Community Input: UNCTAD

A hallmark of the new generation of trade agreements under negotiation, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership , is the inclusion of chapters on e-commerce or digital trade. But interest in using trade agreements to address issues such as ...

Gov. Brown Vetoes Internet Access For Juvenile Halls and Foster Homes—For Now

California Gov. Jerry Brown today vetoed A.B. 811, a bill that would have required the government to provide youth in state care—be they juvenile halls or foster homes—with reasonable access to computers and the Internet for educational purposes. In some cases, juveniles would also have been ...

Courtroom Feud' Leaves Accurate Speech About Celebrities Unprotected

The first season of FX's drama Feud told the story of the rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Set in Hollywood during the early sixties, the drama portrays numerous real-life figures from the era. Catherine Zeta-Jones appeared as Olivia de Havilland. Unfortunately, de Havilland did not ...

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein's Responsible Encryption' Demand is Bad and He Should Feel Bad

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivered a speech on Tuesday about what he calls responsible encryption' today. It misses the mark, by far. Rosenstein starts with a fallacy, attempting to convince you that encryption is unprecedented: Our society has never had a system where evidence of ...

With Facebook, Twitter in the Crosshairs of Investigators Probing Russian Interference, Let's Consider The Risks of Applying Election Ad Rules to the Online World

Social media platforms are avenues for typical Americans—those without enough money to purchase expensive television or radio ads—to make their voices part of the national political dialogue. But with news that a Russian company with ties to the Kremlin maintained hundreds of Twitter accounts ...

58 Human Rights and Civil Liberties Organizations Demand an End to the Backdoor Search Loophole

EFF and 57 organizations, including American Civil Liberties Union, R Street, and NAACP, spoke out against warrantless searches of American citizens in a joint letter this week demanding reforms of the so-called backdoor search' loophole that exists for data collected under Section 702. The backdoor ...

National Security Agencies Are Evading Congressional Oversight

Last week, federal officials from several spy agencies engaged in a full court press in Washington, spinning facts before media outlets, flooding Capitol Hill with lobbyists, and bringing lawmakers to the National Security Agency's Ft. Meade headquarters to feed them selective information about ...

iOS 11's Misleading Off-ish' Setting for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is Bad for User Security

Turning off your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios when you're not using them is good security practice . When you consider Bluetooth's known vulnerabilities, it's especially important to make sure your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings are doing what you want them to. The iPhone's newest operating system, ...

Celebrating the 2017 Pioneer Awards

Pioneer Award honorees and presenters EFF's annual Pioneer Awards ceremony gives the digital civil liberties community a chance to honor the work of those who fight for online freedom through remarkable innovation, activism, journalism, or leadership. This year, EFF recognized the accomplishments of ...

LinkNYC Improves Privacy Policy, Yet Problems Remain

Since first appearing on the streets of New York City in 2016, LinkNYC's free public Wi-Fi kiosks have prompted controversy. The initial version of the kiosks' privacy policy was particularly invasive: it allowed for LinkNYC to store personal browser history, time spent on a particular website, and ...

Defending Users in NAFTA 2.0: Who Are We Up Against?

After three rounds of negotiations, with a fourth coming up fast, we are still in the early days of NAFTA 2.0. In particular, the fight over copyright in NAFTA is just beginning, with the United States submitting its opening bid for the Intellectual Property chapter just last week. What does that ...

3 Bills Gov. Jerry Brown Should Sign Right Now

Each day, California Gov. Jerry Brown releases a list of 30-40 bills that he's signed—and those that he's vetoed. When all is said and done, California likely will add more than 800 new laws to the books this year.  And each day, EFF refreshes and refreshes the governor's press release page, ...

No Airport Biometric Surveillance

Facial recognition, fingerprinting, and retina scans—all of these and more could be extracted from travelers by the government at checkpoints throughout domestic airports. Please join EFF in opposing the dangerous new bill, sponsored by Senator Thune , which would authorize this expanded biometric ...

Sex Trafficking Experts Say SESTA Is the Wrong Solution

As Congress considers passing an Internet censorship bill in the name of fighting sex trafficking, groups that work closely with trafficking victims have been warning Congress that the bill could put trafficking victims in even more danger. It's essential that lawmakers listen to those groups before ...

Europe's Courts Decide: Does U.S. Spying Violate Europe's Privacy?

In a long-awaited decision on whether and how Europeans' private data can be protected from the roving eyes of the NSA, the Irish Commercial High Court this morning declared that "standard contractual clauses" —the procedure that tech companies like Facebook use to try to satisfy European privacy ...

A troubling new tactic to keep bad patents from being tossed out

On September 8, 2017, the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company Allergan announced that it sold' its patents relating to its eye drops Restasis' to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. But this was not a usual sale.' The Tribe doesn't appear to have paid anything in exchange for becoming the legal ...

DHS Should Stop the Social Media Surveillance of Immigrants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security last month issued a notice that it is storing social media information on immigrants, including lawful permanent residents and naturalized U.S. citizens, apparently indefinitely, in a government database that contains Alien Files' . This is an invasive new ...

Live Blog: House Discusses Section 230

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The End Game for European Upload Filtering Approaches

Update: the October 5 vote in the LIBE committee has now been postponed to an indefinite future date. If you've been following the slow progress of the European Commission's proposal to introduce new upload filtering mandates for Internet platforms, or its equally misguided plans to impose a new ...

The End Game for European Upload Filtering Approaches

If you've been following the slow progress of the European Commission's proposal to introduce new upload filtering mandates for Internet platforms, or its equally misguided plans to impose a new link tax on those who publish snippets from news stories, you should know that the end game is close at ...

EFF Asks Court to Undo Damage Done to First Amendment in Flawed National Security Letter Ruling

EFF has petitioned a federal appeals court to reconsider its flawed ruling in our national security letter case on behalf of CREDO Mobile and Cloudflare. In July, the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco upheld the NSL statute against our First Amendment challenge. The court ruled that the FBI is ...

No Justification for Spanish Internet Censorship During Catalonian Referendum

The ruthless efficiency with which the Spanish government censored the Internet ahead of the referendum on Catalonian independence foreshadowed the severity of its crackdown at polling places on October 1. We have previously written about one aspect of that censorship; the raid of the .cat ...