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ProPublica: Meet the Online Tracking Device That is Virtually Impossible to Block

This story, written by Julia Angwin, was originally co-published by ProPublica and  Mashable. Update: After this article was published, YouPorn contacted us to say it had removed AddThis technology from its website, saying that the website was “completely unaware that AddThis contained a tracking software that had the potential to jeopardize the privacy of our […]

Your Cell Phone Likely Isn’t Impervious To Snoops Even When The Device Is Off

For years, “paranoid” surveillance critics have questioned whether cell phones could be used as listening devices by government snoops. Last month, National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden said that they can—even when they’re turned off. Tech experts have now confirmed Snowden’s claim. Snowden said last month that the NSA and the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters […]

EFF: On 6/5, 65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance That We Didn’t Know a Year Ago

This post, written by Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Nadia Kayyali and international rights director Katitza Rodriguez, originally appeared on EFF’s website on June 5. It’s been one year since The Guardian first published the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order, leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, that demonstrated that the NSA was conducting […]

NSA Defenders Ought To Stop Making These Five Claims If They Wish To Remain Credible

This post, written by EFF legal director Cindy Cohn and activist Nadia Kayyali, originally appeared on the foundation’s website on June 2. Over the past year, as the Snowden revelations have rolled out, the government and its apologists have developed a set of talking points about mass spying that the public has now heard over […]

Civil Liberties Groups Blast House’s ‘Gutted’ USA Freedom Act

EFF and Other Civil Liberties Organizations Call on Congress to Support Uncompromising Reform This post, written by Legislative Analyst Mark Jaycox, Activist Nadia Kayyali and Staff Attorney Lee Tien, was originally published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on May 20. Since the introduction of the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill that has over 140 cosponsors, […]

One Year Later: Electronic Frontier Foundation Takes A look At The Edward Snowden Leaks And How Government Spying Affects Us All

This essay, written by EFF International Rights Director Katitza Rodriguez, was originally published on the foundation’s website May 15. June 5th marks the first anniversary of the beginning of the Edward Snowden revelations–a landmark event in global awareness of the worldwide spying machine. It has been a year where the world has learned that the […]

Journalist: Hillary Is ‘Banal, Corrupted, Drained Of Vibrancy’ And ‘A F*cking Hawk And Like A Neocon’

Journalist: Hillary Is ‘Banal, Corrupted, Drained Of Vibrancy’ And ‘A F*cking Hawk And Like A Neocon’

In a recent interview, Glenn Greenwald— the journalist instrumental in helping Edward Snowden leak classified national security documents last year— had some harsh words for Hillary Clinton and Americans likely to support her if she runs for President in 2016. Greenwald told GQ that he hopes Clinton gets the Democratic nod so that Americans can […]

EFF Petitions Court For Criminal Defendants’ Right To Review Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Evidence

This post, written by EFF staff attorney Hanni Fakhoury, was originally published on the foundation’s website on May 9. In the 36-year existence of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the government has never disclosed classified FISA materials—the specific applications for surveillance and the factual affidavits that support the surveillance request—to a criminal defendant. That all […]

EFF Praises Today’s Judiciary Committee Action On USA FREEDOM Act, But Calls For More FISA Reform

This article by Kurt Opsahl was originally published May 7 by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Earlier today, the House Judiciary Committee passed a revised version of the USA FREEDOM Act. We’re pleased by Congress’ strong step toward ending bulk surveillance of phone records of Americans. This bill is a good start toward reforming an out-of-control […]

EFF Sues Justice Department Again For Secret Survelliance Court Rulings

Debate Over Mass Surveillance Hampered by Undisclosed FISA Court Decisions San Francisco – In a continuing campaign to uncover the government’s secret interpretations of the surveillance laws underlying the National Security Agency (NSA)’s spying programs, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today filed another lawsuit against the Department of Justice, demanding that the government hand over […]

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