A recent report (unsurprisingly) concludes there’s no software magic that can recreate the past in the same way that bulk collection of the phone records of millions of innocent people can. There may be no technological magic bullet. And there may not even be a political magic bullet. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t solutions.
There are numerous instances in which countries enacted sweeping new laws in the wake of an attack or in response to a threat, when grief and fear outweighed commitments to freedom of expression and privacy. Let us defend freedom of expression by committing to uphold all rights.
After a banner year for shedding light on the NSA’s secret surveillance programs in 2013, the pace of disclosures in 2014 — both from whistleblowers and through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits — slowed significantly.
This year has seen great progress in areas such as transparency reports and encrypting digital communications. We want to build on that progress in 2015. Here are some of the things we’re wishing for this holiday.
When state officials seek to censor online speech, they’re going to use the quickest and easiest method available. For many, copyright takedown notices do the trick.
One of the most virulent ideas in Internet regulation in recent years has been the idea that if a social problem manifests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that problem is to censor the Web. It isn’t.
Recent years have seen a boom in the adoption of surveillance technology by governments around the world, including spyware that provides its purchasers the unchecked ability to target remote Internet users’ computers, to read their personal emails, listen in on private audio calls, record keystrokes and passwords, and remotely activate their computer’s camera or microphone. Here’s one way to know if you’re being watched.
How can the U.S. government possibly claim that its collection of the phone records of millions of innocent Americans is legal? It relies mainly on two arguments. The Electronic Frontier Foundation expects the government to press both of these arguments on Nov. 4 before the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation will appear before a federal appeals court next week to argue the National Security Agency (NSA) should be barred from its mass collection of telephone records of million of Americans.
It’s that time of year when people don sinister masks, spray themselves with fake blood and generally go all-out for a good fright. But at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we think there are plenty of real-world ghouls to last year-round.
This post, written by EFF director for international freedom of expression Jillian York, was originally published on the foundation’s website. The censorship or banning of books is a phenomenon that […]
This piece, written by activist Nadia Kayyali, first appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s website. Since the police shooting of Michael Brown and the response in the streets, militarization […]
This post, written by Electronic Frontier Foundation legal fellow Andrew Crocker, was originally published on the foundation’s website. Smith v. Obama, a challenge to the NSA’s warrantless collection of phone […]
This post, written by activist Nadia Kayyali, was originally published on the EFF website. While all eyes are on the disturbing evidence of police militarization in Ferguson, are you paying […]
Congress is almost done with its summer recess. Lawmakers are due back Monday and have much to tackle. Two bills are of paramount importance to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. One must be passed by Congress, while the other must be killed.
It’s been more than a year since Aaron Swartz’s tragic death, and now his life is the subject of a new documentary. The film tells the story of a political activist and innovator who put theory into practice, always experimenting and building new tools and methodologies to animate his theory of change.
This article by Hanni Fakhoury originally appeared August 26 at the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. When Sarah Palin placed crosshairs over political districts her political action committee was […]
This was originally published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Washington, D.C. — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed an amicus brief […]
Those in the U.S. prepared to vigorously oppose mass government spying need to fight back and hold our representatives to account for the routine human rights violations perpetrated by the NSA. Congress is in recess for the month of August, so right now is an ideal time to schedule a visit in-district.
This article originally appeared on the Electronic Frontier Foundation website. San Francisco — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of advocacy groups have asked a Federal appeals court […]
On Tuesday, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced a revised version of his USA FREEDOM legislation, the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014, which focuses on telephone record collection and FISA Court reform. While this bill is not a comprehensive solution to overly broad and unConstitutional surveillance, it is a strong first step.
This story originally appeared Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Court of Appeals Agrees to Expedite Case Over Telephone Records Collection Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – […]
This article first appeared July 11 on the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. By Eva Galperin and Nadia Kayyali Imagine that you watched a police officer in your neighborhood […]