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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 […]

EFF Takes On The Drug Enforcement Agency’s Secret Use Of Electronic Surveillance In Criminal Cases

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 […]

EFF Provides An In-Depth Look At How The NSA Deploys Malware

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 […]

Socialist Two For One: Obamacare, Obamaphone

Tennessee’s healthcare co-op set up for Obamacare, the Community Health Alliance, is trying to sweeten the deal to get residents to sign up for government healthcare: enroll and get a free smartphone. According to the Nashville Business Journal, the organization is providing the phones as a part of a program called the Community Health Connection. […]

EFF: Technology Is Not To Blame In Silk Road Takedown

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 […]

ProPublica Recounts A Case Where Telecom Aided Government Spies

This article, written by Raymond Bonner, was originally published by ProPublica on Oct.3. Over the past several months, the Obama Administration has defended the government’s far-reaching data collection efforts, arguing that only criminals and terrorists need worry. The nation’s leading internet and telecommunications companies have said they are committed to the sanctity of their customers’ […]

NSA Analysts Used Government Spying Powers To Track Lovers

The United States spends billions of dollars on surveillance each year, and at least some of that taxpayer money could be benefiting love-struck Romeos in the National Security Agency. The NSA recently responded to a letter sent by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), revealing  at least 12 incidents in which NSA analysts have abused their spying […]

Watchdog: FBI Has Used Drones Since 2006

WASHINGTON–  The FBI has tracked U.S. criminal activity with drones since 2006 but has not codified rules to protect privacy rights, a Justice Department watchdog says. The FBI’s domestic drone use, costing more than $3 million as of May and starting years earlier than previously acknowledged, is also expected to expand to the Justice Department’s […]

Join EFF And The Stopwatching.Us Coalition To Stop Government Spying

This post originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website. This summer, some of our worst fears and suspicions about the NSA have been confirmed. We now have evidence that the NSA is actively undermining the basic security of the Internet. It is collecting millions and millions of phone records of individuals not suspected of […]

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