From Canada to Argentina, Security Researchers Have Rights—Our New Report

From Canada to Argentina, Security Researchers Have Rights—Our New Report

EFF is introducing a new Coders' Rights project to connect the work of security research with the fundamental rights of its practitioners throughout the Americas. The project seeks to support the right of free expression that lies at the heart of researchers' creations and use of computer code to examine computer systems, and relay their [...]

What To Do If Your Account Was Caught in the Facebook Breach

What To Do If Your Account Was Caught in the Facebook Breach

Keeping up with Facebook privacy scandals is basically a full-time job these days. Two weeks ago, it announced a massive breach with scant details. Then, this past Friday, Facebook released more information, revising earlier estimates about the number of affected users and outlining exactly what types of user data were accessed. Here are the key [...]

Lawsuit Seeking to Unmask Contributors to ‘Shitty Media Men’ List Would Violate Anonymous Speakers’ First Amendment Rights

Lawsuit Seeking to Unmask Contributors to ‘Shitty Media Men’ List Would Violate Anonymous Speakers’ First Amendment Rights

A lawsuit filed in New York federal court last week against the creator of the “Shitty Media Men” list and its anonymous contributors exemplifies how individuals often misuse the court system to unmask anonymous speakers and chill their speech. That’s why we’re watching this case closely, and we’re prepared to advocate for the First Amendment [...]

Federal Circuit (Finally) Makes Briefs Immediately Available to the Public

Federal Circuit (Finally) Makes Briefs Immediately Available to the Public

Federal Circuit (Finally) Makes Briefs Immediately Available to the Public | Electronic Frontier FoundationSkip to main content Email updates on news, actions,and events in your area. DEEPLINKS BLOG October 16, 2018 In a victory for transparency, the Federal Circuit has changed its policies to give the public immediate access to briefs. Previously, the court had [...]

New Witness Panel Tells Congress How to Protect Consumer Data Privacy

New Witness Panel Tells Congress How to Protect Consumer Data Privacy

Yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on consumer data privacy was a welcome improvement. The last time the Committee convened around this topic, all of the witnesses were industry and corporate representatives. This time, we were happy to see witnesses from consumer advocacy groups and the European Union, who argued for robust consumer privacy laws on [...]

The Google+ Bug Is More About The Cover-Up Than The Crime

The Google+ Bug Is More About The Cover-Up Than The Crime

Earlier this week, Google dropped a bombshell: in March, the company discovered a “bug” in its Google+ API that allowed third-party apps to access private data from its millions of users. The company confirmed that at least 500,000 people were “potentially affected.” Google’s mishandling of data was bad. But its mishandling of the aftermath was [...]

When Police Misuse Their Power to Control News Coverage, They Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Use Probable Cause As a Shield Against Claims of First Amendment Violations

When Police Misuse Their Power to Control News Coverage, They Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Use Probable Cause As a Shield Against Claims of First Amendment Violations

Journalists face increasingly hostile conditions covering public protests, presidential rallies, corruption, and police brutality in the course of work as watchdogs over government power. A case before the U.S. Supreme Court threatens press freedoms even further by potentially giving the government freer rein to arrest media people in retaliation for publishing stories or gathering news [...]

EU Internet Censorship Will Censor the Whole World’s Internet

EU Internet Censorship Will Censor the Whole World’s Internet

As the EU advances the new Copyright Directive towards becoming law in its 28 member-states, it's important to realise that the EU's plan will end up censoring the Internet for everyone, not just Europeans. A quick refresher: Under Article 13 of the new Copyright Directive, anyone who operates a (sufficiently large) platform where people can [...]

Chicago Should Reject a Proposal for Private-Sector Face Surveillance

Chicago Should Reject a Proposal for Private-Sector Face Surveillance

A proposed amendment to the Chicago municipal code would allow businesses to use face surveillance systems that could invade biometric and location privacy, and violate a pioneering state privacy law adopted by Illinois a decade ago. EFF joined a letter with several allied privacy organizations explaining our concerns, which include issues with both the proposed [...]

What’s Next For Europe’s Internet Censorship Plan?

What’s Next For Europe’s Internet Censorship Plan?

Last month, a key European vote brought the EU much closer to a system of universal mass censorship and surveillance, in the name of defending copyright. Members of the EU Parliament voted to advance the new Copyright Directive, even though it contained two extreme and unworkable clauses: Article 13 ("Censorship Machines") that would filter everything [...]