EFF: New report on bulk collection shows that there’s no magical solution to bad policy

A recent report (unsurprisingly) concludes there’s no software magic that can recreate the past in the same way that bulk collection of the phone records of millions of innocent people can. There may be no technological magic bullet. And there may not even be a political magic bullet. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t solutions.

New malware detection tool can expose illegitimate state surveillance

Recent years have seen a boom in the adoption of surveillance technology by governments around the world, including spyware that provides its purchasers the unchecked ability to target remote Internet users’ computers, to read their personal emails, listen in on private audio calls, record keystrokes and passwords, and remotely activate their computer’s camera or microphone. Here’s one way to know if you’re being watched.

EFF: Why metadata matters and the third-party doctrine doesn’t

How can the U.S. government possibly claim that its collection of the phone records of millions of innocent Americans is legal? It relies mainly on two arguments. The Electronic Frontier Foundation expects the government to press both of these arguments on Nov. 4 before the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals.

Aaron Swartz’s Work, Computer Crime Law And ‘The Internet’s Own Boy’

It’s been more than a year since Aaron Swartz’s tragic death, and now his life is the subject of a new documentary. The film tells the story of a political activist and innovator who put theory into practice, always experimenting and building new tools and methodologies to animate his theory of change.

One Way To Stand Against Spying: Meet With A Legislator

Those in the U.S. prepared to vigorously oppose mass government spying need to fight back and hold our representatives to account for the routine human rights violations perpetrated by the NSA. Congress is in recess for the month of August, so right now is an ideal time to schedule a visit in-district.

The New Senate USA FREEDOM Act: A First Step Toward Reforming Mass Surveillance

On Tuesday, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced a revised version of his USA FREEDOM legislation, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014, which focuses on telephone record collection and FISA Court reform. While this bill is not a comprehensive solution to overly broad and unConstitutional surveillance, it is a strong first step.