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Electronic Frontier Foundation From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people's radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights. https://www.eff.org/ Email this author.


Electronic Frontier Foundation: DRM In Cars Will Drive Consumers Crazy

This article, written by Parker Higgins, was originally published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Nov. 13. Forget extra cupholders or power windows: the new Renault Zoe comes with a “feature” that absolutely nobody wants. Instead of selling consumers a complete car that they can use, repair, and upgrade as they see fit, Renault has […]

NSA’s Vast Surveillance Powers Extend Far Beyond Counterterrorism, Despite Misleading Government Claims

Writing Nov. 11 for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Trevor Timm explains how the NSA has everything to lose if it can’t continue to control its fear-mongering script – a script that calls for broad surveillance powers in order to keep Americans safe from the familiar horrors they’ve seen, over and over, on TV. By Trevor […]

The Electronic Frontier Foundation Ponders How The New York Times Endorsed an Agreement the Public Isn’t Allowed To Read?

The New York Times’ editorial board has made a disappointing endorsement of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even as the actual text of the agreement remains secret. That raises two distressing possibilities: either in an act of extraordinary subservience, the Times has endorsed an agreement that neither the public nor its editors have the ability to […]

EFF: Forced Decryption Of Electronic Data Is Self-Incrimination And Prohibited By 5th Amendment

Encryption is one of the most important ways to safeguard data from prying eyes. But what happens when those prying belong to the government? Can they force you to break your own encryption and provide them with the information they want?

New Documents Obtained By Electronic Frontier Foundation Confirm: NSA Collects First, Seeks Authorization Later

New Documents Obtained By Electronic Frontier Foundation Confirm: NSA Collects First, Seeks Authorization Later

The government released a second batch of documents yesterday in response to EFF’s ongoing FOIA lawsuit for information concerning Section 215 of the Patriot Act — the provision of law the government relies on to compel the disclosure of records of millions of Americans’ calls.

EFF Offers Ten Steps You Can Take To Fight Internet Surveillance Right Now

EFF Offers Ten Steps You Can Take To Fight Internet Surveillance Right Now

One of the trends we’ve seen is how, as the word of the National Security Agency’s spying has spread, more and more ordinary people want to know how (or if) they can defend themselves from surveillance online. But where to start?

EFF Examines Government Requests For Data To Yahoo, Facebook

Ever since Google issued its first transparency report in early 2010, EFF has called on other companies to follow suit and disclose statistics about the number of government requests for user data, whether the request they receive is an official demand (such as a warrant) or an unofficial request.  After all, users make decisions every […]

EFF: The Good And The Bad Of NSA Spying Bills In Congress

This post, written by Electronic Frontier Foundation legal director Cindy Cohn and policy analyst Mark Jaycox, was originally published by the EFF  on Oct. 22. The Senate is moving quickly on bills to reform many aspects of the NSA spying. Currently, the Judiciary Committee, which has favored privacy in the past, and the chairs of […]

Why Hollywood Should Stop Pushing For More Government Internet Control

This post, written by global policy analyst Maira Sutton and activist Parker Higgins, originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website on Oct. 18. The content lobby’s narrative about the Internet’s impact on the creative industry has grown all too familiar. According to this tiresome story, Hollywood is doing everything it can to prevent unauthorized […]

Protect Your Privacy: EFF Explains How To Opt Out Of Google’s Shared Endorsements

This post, written by activist Adi Kamdar, originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website on Oct. 17. Google recently announced an update to its Terms of Service, focused on displaying your profile name and photo next to advertisements and reviews. The new feature, which goes into effect on November 11, is called Shared Endorsements […]

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