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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 […]

U.N. Launches Thirteen Principles Against Unchecked Surveillance

Geneva – At the 24th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, six major privacy NGOs, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), warned nations of the urgent need comply with international human rights law to protect their citizens from the dangers posed by mass digital surveillance. The groups launched the “International Principles […]

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 […]

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