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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.
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This post, written by attorney Hanni Fakhoury, was originally published Oct. 15 on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website. Given the recent revelations about just how pervasive the government’s electronic surveillance has been, it’s no surprise these surveillance programs are popping up in criminal cases, as defense attorneys are finding gaps in how the government collected […]
Shortly after the June leaks, numerous polls asked the American people if they approved or disapproved of the National Security Agency spying. The answer then was a resounding no, and new polls released in August and September clearly show Americans’ increasing concern about privacy has continued.
This article, written by staff technologist Dan Auerbach, was originally published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Oct. 8. We’ve long suspected that the NSA, the world’s premiere spy agency, was pretty good at breaking into computers. But now, thanks to an article by security expert Bruce Schneier—who is working with the Guardian to go […]
This article, written by Parker Higgins, was originally published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Oct. 3. The man alleged to be “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the founder and operator of the Silk Road—an online marketplace where bitcoins were traded for a range of goods and services, including drugs—was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco […]