Social Justice Organizations Challenge Retention of DNA Collected from Hundreds of Thousands of Innocent Californians

Social Justice Organizations Challenge Retention of DNA Collected from Hundreds of Thousands of Innocent Californians

San Francisco - Two social justice organizations—the Center for Genetics and Society and the Equal Justice Society—and an individual plaintiff, Pete Shanks, have filed suit against the state of California for its collection and retention of genetic profiles from people arrested but never convicted of any crime. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Law [...]

TSA’s Roadmap for Airport Surveillance Moves in a Dangerous Direction

TSA’s Roadmap for Airport Surveillance Moves in a Dangerous Direction

The Transportation Security Administration has set out an alarming vision of pervasive biometric surveillance at airports, which cuts against the right to privacy, the “right to travel,” and the right to anonymous association with others. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which included language that we warned would provide implied Congressional endorsement to biometric screening [...]

Facebook’s Sexual Solicitation Policy is a Honeypot for Trolls

Facebook’s Sexual Solicitation Policy is a Honeypot for Trolls

Facebook just quietly adopted a policy that could push thousands of innocent people off of the platform. The new “sexual solicitation” rules forbid pornography and other explicit sexual content (which was already functionally banned under a different statute), but they don’t stop there: they also ban “implicit sexual solicitation”, including the use of sexual slang, [...]

In the New Fight for Online Privacy and Security, Australia Falls: What Happens Next?

In the New Fight for Online Privacy and Security, Australia Falls: What Happens Next?

With indecent speed, and after the barest nod to debate, the Australian Parliament has now passed the Assistance and Access Act, unopposed and unamended. The bill is a cousin to the United Kingdom’s Investigatory Powers Act, passed in 2016. The two laws vary in their details, but both now deliver a panoptic new power to [...]

New Documents Show That Facebook Has Never Deserved Your Trust

New Documents Show That Facebook Has Never Deserved Your Trust

Another week, another set of reminders that, while Facebook likes to paint itself as an “optimistic” company that’s simply out to help users and connect the world, the reality is very different.  This week, those reminders include a collection of newly released documents suggesting that the company adopted a host of features and policies even [...]

Securing The Institutions We Rely On: A Grassroots Case Study

Securing The Institutions We Rely On: A Grassroots Case Study

Grassroots digital rights organizing has many faces, including that of hands-on hardware hacking in an Ivy League institution. Yale Privacy Lab is a member of the Electronic Frontier Alliance, a network of community and student groups advocating for digital rights in local communities. For Yale Privacy Lab, activism means taking the academic principles behind Internet [...]

Amendments to Mauritius’ ICT Act Pose Risks for Freedom of Expression

Amendments to Mauritius’ ICT Act Pose Risks for Freedom of Expression

Mauritius doesn’t get a whole lot of international attention. The island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is a diverse country that is highly ranked for democracy, and economic and political freedom. The Economist’s Intelligence Unit has named the country the only “full democracy” in Africa, and Freedom House’s [...]

In a Letter To The EU, European Film Companies and Sports Leagues Disavow Article 13, Say It Will Make Big Tech Stronger

In a Letter To The EU, European Film Companies and Sports Leagues Disavow Article 13, Say It Will Make Big Tech Stronger

In a Letter To The EU, European Film Companies and Sports Leagues Disavow Article 13, Say It Will Make Big Tech Stronger | Electronic Frontier FoundationSkip to main content Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area. DEEPLINKS BLOG December 5, 2018 A coalition of some of Europe's largest film companies and sports leagues [...]

Alameda and Contra Costa County Sheriffs Flew Drones Over Protests

Alameda and Contra Costa County Sheriffs Flew Drones Over Protests

At the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in October, presenters from the Orlando Police Department issued a stern warning for fellow local law enforcement officials eager to start a small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS or drones) program. “We don’t want to use them when people are exercising freedom of speech,” Orlando Police Sgt. [...]

Poland saved Europe from ACTA: can they save us from ACTA2?

Poland saved Europe from ACTA: can they save us from ACTA2?

Six years ago, Polish activists flooded the streets to oppose ACTA, an incredibly damaging, secretly negotiated Internet treaty hatched in the US to push both America and its European trading partners well beyond anything that could be democratically arrived at. Six years later, as the EU fumbles its way to an even more extreme Internet [...]