EFF : News (31)

Washington State Tries to Crack Down on Cyberbullying — But Routine Criticism Is Blocked Instead

The scourge of online harassment can scare many people away from expressing their opinions online. It's a problem that calls for sophisticated, multi-layered solutions. But a law in Washington state is demonstrating how some approaches to the issue can go terribly wrong, potentially blocking the ...

As First NAFTA Round Opens in Secrecy, Digital Rights Groups Fear Another TPP

The opening round of a series of negotiations over a proposed revised North American Free Trade Agreement began this week in Washington, D.C. between trade representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Already it is clear that the office of the U.S. Trade Representative has ignored our ...

Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression

In the wake of Charlottesville, both GoDaddy and Google have refused to manage the domain registration for the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that, in the words of the Southern Poverty Law Center, is dedicated to spreading anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism, and white nationalism.' Subsequently ...

Student Privacy Tips for Parents

The beginning of the school year is right around the corner. Over the summer, your school may have acquired new devices, software, and educational technology to use in classrooms. Or, your school may have expanded existing technology programs, or may be thinking about adopting new forms of ed tech. ...

Five Actions Californians Can Take Right Now to Promote Digital Civil Liberties

Over the next few weeks, EFF and our allies will enter our final push to pass legislation out of the California legislature that would defend and promote civil liberties. With a Democratic super-majority eager to push back against the federal government, our chances have seldom been better to move ...

Thai Activist Jailed for the Crime of Sharing an Article on Facebook

Thai activist Jatuphat Pai' Boonpattaraksa was sentenced this week to two and a half years in prison—for the crime of sharing a BBC article on Facebook. The Thai-language article profiled Thailand's new king and, while thousands of users shared it, only Jutaphat was found to violate Thailand's ...

Bike Gear Company Nearly Run Over by Patent Troll

Rick Pepper is passionate about designing cool products for cyclists and other adventurous types. He started his company Elevengear as a one-person shop in 2007, and it's since grown to a small, successful team. But all of that could have changed when his company was sued for allegedly infringing a ...

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Techdirt Founder Mike Masnick, and Free Expression Defender Annie Game Named Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award Winners

Full Frontal's Ashley Nicole Black Keynotes Ceremony for Honorees Sept. 14 in San FranciscoSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—The Electronic Frontier Foundation announced today that whistleblower and activist Chelsea Manning, Techdirt editor and open internet advocate Mike Masnick, and IFEX executive ...

A.B. 375, California's Broadband Privacy Act, Very Close to Becoming Law

Internet users across California have been calling their state legislators to demand they restore their broadband privacy rights by passing A.B. 375. So far that public pressure has been overriding the opposition from major cable and telephone companies as the bill continues moving forward. If you ...

Congress is At Home, So Pay Your Members a Visit

It's August. In the United States, that means members of Congress will be swinging back home to their home districts to check in with their state-side staffers, hit some fundraisers, and maybe host a few public events. You can meet them. Constituents can request meetings with members of Congress ...

Rising Demands for Data Localization a Response to Weak Data Protection Mechanisms

Don't Trust Data Localization Exceptions in Trade Agreements to Guarantee Protection of Personal Data The digital economy relies on cross-border provision of services and goods, and in the past government trade regulators have embraced the borderless nature of the Internet and adopted light-touch ...

In J20 Investigation, DOJ Overreaches Again. And Gets Taken to Court Again.

We've already written about problems with the government's investigation into the J20 protests—a series of demonstrations on January 20, the day of President Trump's inauguration—which resulted in the arrest of hundreds of protesters. But prosecutors in DC are still at it. And they're still ...

EFF Urges Supreme Court to Protect Your Cell Phone Location Data from Over-Curious Cops

Outdated 'Third Party' Doctrine Lets Law Enforcement Violate Your Privacy Washington, D.C - The Electronic Frontier Foundation urged the U.S. Supreme Court today to curb law enforcement's expansive tracking of suspects' cell phones, arguing that police must get a warrant before collecting the ...

Open Access Can't Wait. Pass FASTR Now.

When you pay for federally funded research, you should be allowed to read it. That's the idea behind the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act , which was recently reintroduced in both houses of Congress. FASTR was first introduced in 2013, and while it has strong support in both ...

California Court of Appeal Overturns Dangerous Right of Publicity Ruling

Almost all posts on social media include depictions of real people. And most social media websites include advertising. Does this combination mean that nearly everyone featured on social media can sue for infringement of their right of publicity? That would be disruptive. Fortunately, a new ruling ...

EFF Urges Supreme Court to Take On Unconstitutional NSA Surveillance, Reverse Dangerous Ruling That Allows Massive Government Spying Program

Nation's Highest Court Being Asked for the First Time to Weigh In On Legality of NSA's PRISM SpyingWASHINGTON, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation asked the Supreme Court to review and overturn an unprecedented ruling allowing the government to intercept, collect, and store—without a ...

S.B. 727 Would Unfairly Restrict California Students' Use of Course Materials

There's a bill in the California Assembly that we think would make postsecondary education more expensive for students. Not only that: we think that it would undermine students' right to make fair uses of educational materials. To make matters worse, several states around the country appear to be ...

Don't Let Congress Compromise on Net Neutrality

A few months ago, we received confirmation of what many of us had feared: incoming Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai announced his plans to eliminate the clear, enforceable protections for net neutrality that the Commission had implemented in 2015. Since then, people have stood up en ...

How Captive Portals Interfere With Wireless Security and Privacy

If you have ever wanted to use the wifi at a coffee shop or library, you have probably had to click through a screen to do it. This screen might have shown you the network's Terms of Service and prompted you to click an I agree' button. Depending on where you were, it might have asked you for ...

End Biometric Border Screening

This blog post was first published in The Hill on July 18, 2017. This summer, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is expanding its program of subjecting U.S. and foreign citizens to facial recognition screening at international airports. This indiscriminate biometric surveillance program ...

EFF To Court: Border Agents Need Warrants to Search Contents of Digital Devices

Whether Conducted Manually or Using Forensic Software, Cell Phone Searches Are Highly IntrusiveNew Orleans, Louisiana—Searches of mobile phones, laptops, and other digital devices by federal agents at international airports and U.S. land borders are highly intrusive forays into travelers' private ...

West Coast Jurisdictions Advance Community Oversight of Police Surveillance

This summer, two of the west coast's largest metropolitan areas—Seattle and Los Angeles County—took major steps to curtail secret, unilateral surveillance by local police. These victories for transparency and community control lend momentum toward sweeping reforms pending across California, as ...

West Coast Jurisdictions Advance Community Oversight of Police Surveillance

This summer, two of the west coast's largest metropolitan areas—Seattle and California—took major steps to curtail secret, unilateral surveillance by local police. These victories for transparency and community control lend momentum toward sweeping reforms pending across California, as well as ...

EFF Asks U.S. Court to Bar Enforcement of Canada's Global Takedown Order

Should a Canadian court be able to prevent U.S.-based Internet users from viewing search results based on an alleged violation of Canadian law, even if those search results are legal in the United States? We don't think so.  That's why on Monday EFF asked a federal trial court in California to ...

EFF Wins Court Ruling Upholding Invalidation of Bad Patent That Threatened Podcasters

Personal Audio Didn't Invent Anything New, EFF ArguedSan Francisco, California—The Electronic Frontier Foundation won a court ruling today affirming that an infamous podcasting patent used by a patent troll to threaten podcasters big and small was properly held invalid by the U.S. Patent and ...

E-commerce RCEP Chapter: Have Big Tech's Demands Fizzled?

Post-Mortem of Asia-Pacific regional IGF Panel Discussing Trade Rules Over the past month, trade officials of the ASEAN group of countries and its six biggest trading partners have been frantically working to finalize the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership . Expected to be ratified later ...

Internet Censorship Bill Would Spell Disaster for Speech and Innovation

There's a new bill in Congress that would threaten your right to free expression online. If that weren't enough, it could also put small Internet businesses in danger of catastrophic litigation. Don't let its name fool you: the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act wouldn't help punish sex traffickers. ...

Deciphering China's VPN Ban

This weekend Apple took a dispiriting step in the policing of its Chinese mainland App store: the company removed several Virtual Private Network applications that allowed users to circumvent the China's extensive internet censorship apparatus. In effect, the company has once again aided the Chinese ...

EFF Continues Fighting For Public Access To Patent Litigation

Did one Stupid Patent of the Month winner enforce its patent in an exceptional manner, so much so that it has to pay defendants' attorneys' fees? That is a question a court in the Eastern District of Texas is being asked to decide, with a public hearing on the matter scheduled for August 15, 2017. ...

Require Police to Purge Their Databases of Innocent Citizens' Personal Information, EFF Tells Virginia Supreme Court

License plates are more than numbers and letters you display on your car. When police photograph your license plate, scan it, record the precise times and locations of the scans, and store all that information indefinitely in a database, they can search this information to piece together your ...

Bassel Khartabil, In Memoriam

Bassel Khartabil, the Syrian open source developer, blogger, entrepreneur, hackerspace founder, and free culture advocate, has been executed by the Syrian authorities. Noura Ghazi Safadi, his wife, received confirmation of her husband's death by the Assad-led Syrian government yesterday. The ...