EFF Tells Bay Area Regional Transit: Reject Proposed Face Surveillance Scheme

EFF Tells Bay Area Regional Transit: Reject Proposed Face Surveillance Scheme

Around the country, communities concerned about privacy and surveillance are seeking to secure a robust role for public community oversight to constrain the co-optation of local police departments by electronic surveillance. EFF supported recent victories for community control in Oakland and Berkeley, CA, before recommending today that the Bay Area Regional Transit (BART) Board reject [...]

Topple Track Attacks EFF and Others With Outrageous DMCA Notices

Topple Track Attacks EFF and Others With Outrageous DMCA Notices

At EFF, we often write about abuse of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown process. We even have a Hall of Shame collecting some of the worst offenders. EFF is not usually the target of bad takedown notices, however. A company called Topple Track has been sending a slew of abusive takedown notices, including [...]

EFF Amicus Brief: The Privacy Act Requires the FBI to Delete Files of Its Internet Speech Surveillance

EFF Amicus Brief: The Privacy Act Requires the FBI to Delete Files of Its Internet Speech Surveillance

U.S. law makes clear that the government cannot keep surveillance records on a person or group because of their political views or the way that they express their First Amendment rights. Unfortunately, the FBI has flouted these laws by maintaining records of its probe of two people whose website criticized U.S. policy in the Middle [...]

Large ISPs, Flushed with Capital, Blame Consumer Protections for Their Disregard of Rural America

Large ISPs, Flushed with Capital, Blame Consumer Protections for Their Disregard of Rural America

Companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are going around to state legislatures and telling them that any laws they pass that protect consumers will harm their ability to deploy networks in rural America. They claim that any legislator eager to protect their constituents from the nefarious things that can be done by companies that control [...]

Captive Audience: How Florida’s Prisons and DRM Made $11.3M Worth of Prisoners’ Music Disappear

Captive Audience: How Florida’s Prisons and DRM Made $11.3M Worth of Prisoners’ Music Disappear

The Florida Department of Corrections is one of the many state prison systems that rely on private contractors to supply electronic messaging and access to electronic music files and books for prisoners. For seven years, Florida’s prisoners have bought music through Access Corrections, a company that took in $11.3 million selling songs at $1.70 each—nearly [...]

Facebook Deletes Anti-Unite the Right Event, Claiming Russian Involvement

Facebook Deletes Anti-Unite the Right Event, Claiming Russian Involvement

Facebook stumbled this week—again—in its effort to police "misinformation": it deleted an event page for the anti-fascist protest "No Unite the Right 2 - DC." Facebook justified the deletion by claiming that the event was initially created by an "inauthentic" organization with possible Russian connections. In fact, a number of legitimate local organizations and activists [...]

Internet Publication of 3D Printing Files About Guns: Facts and What’s at Stake

Internet Publication of 3D Printing Files About Guns: Facts and What’s at Stake

When it comes to guns, nearly everyone has strong views. When it comes to Internet publication of 3D printed guns, those strong views can push courts and regulators into making hasty, dangerous legal precedents that will hurt the public's ability to discuss legal, important, and even urgent topics ranging from mass surveillance to treatment of [...]

Behind the Octopus: The Hidden Race to Dismantle Global Law Enforcement Privacy Protections

Behind the Octopus: The Hidden Race to Dismantle Global Law Enforcement Privacy Protections

Last month, 360 cyber crime experts from 95 countries gathered in Strasbourg to attend the Octopus Conference. The event sounds like something from James Bond, and when you look at the attendee list—which includes senior figures from the United States Department of Justice, national police forces across the world, and senior figures from companies like [...]

An Open Letter to Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Chair of the California Assembly Appropriations Committee

An Open Letter to Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, Chair of the California Assembly Appropriations Committee

Dear Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher,  We live in dangerous times. The rights of people of color, immigrants, workers, women, and asylum seekers are threatened every day. As history has repeatedly shown, one of the most powerful tools of oppression is surveillance. California has the opportunity to ensure public control and oversight of the spying technologies [...]

Summer Is the Season for Visiting Members of Congress

Summer Is the Season for Visiting Members of Congress

August has just begun, and that means the start of the summer recess for Congress. During that recess, most members of Congress—specifically members of the House of Representatives—will be coming home. And that means that you have the opportunity to meet and talk to them without traveling to Washington, D.C. Let's make sure that Representatives [...]