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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.

Intelligence Director Blames Public Anger Over NSA, Not Government Misdeeds, For ‘Erosion Of Trust’ Complicating His Job

Director of National Intelligence James “most truthful, least untruthful” Clapper lamented to a House Intelligence Panel Tuesday that the current criticism facing the National Security Agency is creating an “erosion of trust” within the Nation’s intelligence community. Clapper told the group of lawmakers that Congressional criticism of the tactics carried out by U.S. intelligence agencies […]

Feinstein Continues Crusade To Defend NSA, Even As Senate Democrats And The Author Of The Patriot Act Say The Spy Agency Is Out Of Control

Feinstein Continues Crusade To Defend NSA, Even As Senate Democrats And The Author Of The Patriot Act Say The Spy Agency Is Out Of Control

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has set aside her crusade to take away Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights in recent months to devote the bulk of her energy to ensuring that the Federal government retains its ability to abrogate the 4th Amendment with impunity by conducting unchecked mass surveillance.

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?

Black Boxes In Cars Could Help Government Replace Fuel Tax With Pay-As-You Drive Scheme (While Tracking Your Location)

Black Boxes In Cars Could Help Government Replace Fuel Tax With Pay-As-You Drive Scheme (While Tracking Your Location)

Right at the nadir of public opinion over the government’s abuse of surveillance power comes a fresh story about cars, black boxes, real-time location surveillance and government tax collectors.

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 […]

Is Feinstein Too Old To Understand That The NSA Is Spying On Americans, Or Is She Just A Liar?

Over the past couple of weeks Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has been pumping out op-ed pieces for national newspapers in defense of the National Security Agency’s phone record collection program, arguing that the collection of millions of Americans’ communication data is not “surveillance” and “is necessary and must be preserved if we are to prevent […]

ProPublica: There’s No Evidence To Back The NSA’s Claim That Spying On Americans Has Thwarted Terror Attacks

This report, written by by Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer, was originally published by ProPublica on Oct. 23. Two weeks after Edward Snowden’s first revelations about sweeping government surveillance, President Obama shot back. “We know of at least 50 threats that have been averted because of this information not just in the United States, but, […]

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 […]

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