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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 […]

New Documents Show That Company Tried To Protect Customers From NSA, Was Shot Down By Secret Court

A series of top-secret court documents released Friday reveal the extent to which private companies have been powerless to protect customers against government invasions of privacy via National Security Agency spying. The documents from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reveal that a phone company whose name was redacted in the documents challenged an NSA’s request […]

Clinton Praises Security State, Says Snowden Helped Terrorists

Former Secretary Of State and possible 2016 Presidential contender Hillary Clinton suggested that National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden‘s decision to take refuge in Russia should call into question his motives for leaking surveillance secrets. “When he emerged and when he absconded with all that material, I was puzzled because we have all these protections […]

EFF’s Suggestions For Government Surveillance Oversight

This piece, written by Electronic Frontier Foundation Legal Director and Legislative Analyst Mark M. Jaycox, originally appeared on the foundation’s website on April 23. EFF recently filed comments with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) concerning Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FAA), one of the key statutes under which […]

Post Office May Begin Data Mining Parcels, Selling Americans’ Information To Marketers

Post Office May Begin Data Mining Parcels, Selling Americans’ Information To Marketers

The struggling United States Postal Service is actively looking for new ways to increase revenue, including mining Americans’ personal information for data to sell to marketers.

Real-Time Map View Surveillance Allows L.A. Deputies To See Crime — And Everything Else — As It Unfolds

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been testing an innovative surveillance system that enables officers sitting in front of large electronic displays to watch people move around the city of Compton from a bird’s-eye view. The system can coordinate with static on-the-ground surveillance, such as street-level security cameras, to allow police to track a […]

EFF: Digital Technology Can Leave Your Health History Exposed

This article was originally published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on April 9. The digitization of medical records is being pitched to the public as a way to revolutionize healthcare. But rapid technological innovation and lagging privacy laws are leaving patients — and their most sensitive information — vulnerable to exposure and abuse, especially in […]

FAQ: Privacy Activist’s Guide To Why The Surveillance State’s Fusion Centers Matter

This handy FAQ was compiled by Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Nadia Kayyali and originally published on the foundation’s website on April 7. While NSA surveillance has been front and center in the news recently, fusion centers are a part of the surveillance state that deserve close scrutiny. Fusion centers are a local arm of the […]

NSA Whistle-Blower Snowden Did Try Government Protocol First, But Also Took Steps To Avoid Being Abused Like His Predecessors

NSA Whistle-Blower Snowden Did Try Government Protocol First, But Also Took Steps To Avoid Being Abused Like His Predecessors

Since his leaks on the National Security Agency, Edward Snowden has been attacked by numerous government officials who describe him as a rogue troublemaker whose actions have put American lives in danger. If he’d only followed the proper bureaucratic protocol in voicing his concerns, they say, he wouldn’t be so easy to paint as a […]

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