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Happy Constitution Day! Get To Know The Document

Happy Constitution Day! September 17 marks the anniversary of the Constitutional Congress’s signing of the Constitution in 1787. In 2004, Constitution Day officially became a holiday. Celebrate by re-reading the U.S. Constitution, which protects your rights as an American and is in perpetual need of protection from a government bent on overstepping the limitations laid […]

EFF Explains Google Street View Ruling And What It Means for Researchers And Cops

This post, written by staff attorney Hanni Fakhoury, was originally published on the EFF website on Monday. Is a Wi-Fi signal the equivalent of an FM radio station, blasting classic rock ballads through your car speakers? Not to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which issued its long awaited decision in Joffe v. Google this week, the […]

ProPublica Explains How Far Private Companies Can Go In Gathering Information About You

This post, written by  Lois Beckett, was originally published by ProPublica on March 7, 2013. It was updated with new information on Sept. 13. We’re continuing to learn new details about how the American government is collecting bulk records of citizens’ communications — from demanding that a telephone company hand over the daily records of […]

Organizations, Activists Lining Up To Sue Against NSA Surveillance

This post originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website on Sept. 10. Five new groups—including civil-rights lawyers, medical-privacy advocates and Jewish social-justice activists—have joined a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against the National Security Agency (NSA) over the unconstitutional collection of bulk telephone call records. With today’s amended complaint, EFF now […]

Twitter Could Be Tracking Your Location, Even If You Opt Out Of Geo-Tagging

If you’re concerned about government or third-party organizations tracking your online activity, it’s no secret that you should probably steer clear of social media sites. New research on the micro-blogging network Twitter reveals that one-fifth of tweets reveal user location, providing a treasure trove of geo-tagged information for any snoop who is interested. Researchers at […]

EFF Guide To Fighting Back Against The Government’s War On Communications Privacy

This post, by Staff Technologist Dan Auerbach and Global Policy Analyst Eva Galperin, originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website on Sept. 5. In one of the most significant leaks to date regarding National Security Agency (NSA) spying, The New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica reported today that the NSA has gone to […]

Facebook Adding Facial Recognition ‘For Privacy’

Facebook Adding Facial Recognition ‘For Privacy’

Facebook changed the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities portion of its user disclosure on Thursday in order to accommodate a novel use of its members’ personal information: using their profile pictures to help enrich the company’s facial recognition technology.

EFF Explains Perfect Forward Secrecy, an Important Web Privacy Protection

When you access a Web site over an encrypted connection, you’re using a protocol called HTTPS. But not all HTTPS connections are created equal. In the first few milliseconds after a browser connects securely to a server, an important choice is made: the browser sends a list of preferences for what kind of encryption it’s willing to support, and the server replies with a verification certificate and picks a choice for encryption from the browser’s list. These different encryption choices are called “cipher suites.” Most of the time, users don’t have to worry about which suite the browsers and servers are using, but in some cases it can make a big difference.

EFF Outlines Three Illusory “Investigations” Of The NSA Spying That Will Never Succeed

Since the revelations of confirmed National Security Agency spying in June, three different “investigations” have been announced. One by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), another by the Director of National Intelligence, Gen. James Clapper, and the third by the Senate Intelligence Committee, formally called the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).

Nasty Spying Agency Lacks Sense (And Sense Of Humor)

Nasty Spying Agency Lacks Sense (And Sense Of Humor)

Online freedom-product marketer Libertymaniacs.com designed a shirt with a modified NSA logo with the bottom words “United States of America” replaced by “Peeping While You’re Sleeping.” Beneath the logo was printed the words, “The NSA The only part of government that actually listens.” The National Security Agency has ordered the online retailer to cease and desist, citing copyright infringement.

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