Saturday, August 22, 2015 Obama Administration Supports Privacy-Invasive "Cybersecurity" Bill
Right before Congress left for its annual summer vacation the Obama Administration endorsed the Senate Intelligence Committee's Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). EFF opposes the bill because its vague definitions, broad legal immunity, and new spying powers allow for a tremendous amount of unnecessary damage to users' privacy.
Saturday, August 1, 2015 Unrealistic Pleading Standards: Another Injustice for Human Rights Victims
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to human rights victims when it dismissed Balintulo v. Ford Motor Co. this week. The appellate court distorted Supreme Court precedent, applying an unrealistically and unfairly high pleading standard to a case brought by black South Africans against IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. for their roles in facilitating apartheid.
Monday, September 29, 2014(1 comments)
Petition to Obama Administration: End the Harassment and Targeting of Reporters
Imagine the United States without independent reporters. Where would the news come from? Press releases and corporate statements? Government-run media? And more importantly, what would we have missed over the last century? Watergate, COINTELPRO, the CIA's manipulation of politics in Vietnam--none of these things would be common knowledge without courageous reporters. Repressive govts do not allow a free press
Thursday, June 12, 2014 Global Response to Snowden Disclosures Revealed in New Report
It has been one year since the first Snowden disclosure and in lieu of this first anniversary, world privacy expert and publisher of The Privacy Surgeon, Simon Davies, conceived and published a report titled "A Crisis of Accountability: A global analysis of the impact of the Snowden revelations." The report includes
Monday, May 5, 2014 The White House Big Data Report: The Good, The Bad, and The Missing
Last week, the White House released its report on big data and its privacy implications, the result of a 90-day study commissioned by President Obama during his January 17 speech on NSA surveillance reforms. Now that we've had a chance to read the report we'd like to share our thoughts on what we liked, what we didn't, and what we thought was missing.
Monday, February 24, 2014 Legal Community Disturbed About Recent Allegations of Spying on Privileged Communications
The NSA appears to have been involved in the surveillance of privileged attorney-client communications, and the legal community is not happy about it. The New York Times reports that communications between an American law firm and its foreign client may have been among the information one of the NSA’s "five eyes" intelligence partners, the Australian Signals Directorate, shared with the NSA.
Monday, February 3, 2014 Senators Deal Major Blows to Obama's Fast Track Plan, But the Fight Isn't Over
The chorus of voices denouncing the White House's plan to “fast track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is growing louder by the day. Over 550 public interest groups and digital rights organizations sent letters this week to Senate leaders opposing the bill which would severely limit Congress' role over trade pacts.
Monday, January 20, 2014(1 comments)
Rating Obama’s NSA Reform Plan: EFF Scorecard Explained
Last Friday President Obama announced a series of reforms to address abuses by the National Security Agency.
We've put together a scorecard showing how Obama's announcements stack up against 12 common sense fixes that should be a minimum for reforming NSA surveillance.
Friday, January 10, 2014(1 comments)
February 11th: The Day We Fight Back Against NSA Surveillance
we aren't going to let the NSA ruin the Internet. Inspired by the memory of Aaron, fueled by our victory against SOPA, EFF is joining forces with a coalition of liberty-defending organizations to fight back against NSA spying.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013(3 comments)
TPP Won't Wrap Up This Year, But Fast Track Remains a Threat
Despite the U.S. Trade Representative's concerted efforts to push through a deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) will not be completed by the self-imposed deadline of the end of this year. That announcement, made in Singapore today at a closed press conference, is welcome: the U.S. Trade Representative's accelerated timeline has served as yet another means of restricting transparency,
Saturday, November 30, 2013(4 comments)
Demolishing Eight Common Excuses People Make for NSA Mass Surveillance
We've heard from lots of folks who are passionately concerned about the NSA's mass spying, but are struggling to get their friends and family to understand the problem and join the over a half-million people who have demanded change through stopwatching.us and elsewhere.
Saturday, November 30, 2013(1 comments)
How NSA Mass Surveillance is Hurting the US Economy
Privacy may not be the only casualty of the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program. Major sectors of the US economy are reporting financial damage as the recent revelations shake consumer confidence and US trade partners distance themselves from companies that may have been compromised by the NSA or, worse, are secretly collaborating with the spy agency.
Sunday, November 24, 2013 Free Expression, Surveillance, and the Fight Against Impunity
Journalists, bloggers and others who speak out against the powerful risk terrible repercussions for their work. Around the world, they face physical intimidation, violent attacks, and even murder for speaking out.
When such crimes are committed against those who exercise their right to free speech, the perpetrators all too often go unpunished. Those who are meant to enforce the law turn a blind eye. The oppressors get away..
Friday, November 15, 2013(2 comments)
November 15: The Day of the Imprisoned Writer |
Censorship affects writers, journalists, and bloggers around the world, in various ways. In some cases, censorship is state-sanctioned: on books, websites, and other forms of media. Elsewhere (including in the United States), it's self-imposed.
Thursday, November 14, 2013(1 comments)
The House Intelligence Committee's Misinformation Campaign About the NSA
Rep. Mike Rogers, Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), is a busy man. Since June, he (and HPSCI) have been all over the media with press statements, TV appearances, and tweets, relentlessly trying to persuade the public that the National Security Agency (NSA) is merely doing its job when it collects innocent users' calling records, phone calls, and emails.
Thursday, November 14, 2013 Brazil and Germany Proposed UN Resolution Against Mass Surveillance-- treat privacy as a human right
On November 7th, Brazil and Germany jointly proposed a preliminary version of a resolution on online privacy at the UN General Assembly. At a time when public outrage over the reach and scope of U.K. and U.S. mass surveillance is at an all time high, the draft resolution is the first official recognition by the UN of the threat that mass surveillance poses to human rights.
Thursday, November 14, 2013(8 comments)
TPP Leak Confirms the Worst: US Negotiators Still Trying to Trade Away Internet Freedoms |
After years of secret trade negotiations over the future of intellectual property rights (and limits on those rights), the public gets a chance to looks at the results. For those of us who care about free speech and a balanced intellectual property system that encourages innovation, creativity, and access to knowledge, it's not a pretty picture.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Gems Mined from the NSA Documents and FISA Court Opinions Released
Today, in response to Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released hundreds of pages of documents about the NSA telephone call record program. The documents primarily concern events in 2009, when the FISA court first learned that the NSA had been misusing its phone records surveillance program for years.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013(1 comments)
Vietnam's Internet Censorship Bill Goes Into Effect
Internet freedom has gone from bad to worse in Vietnam as an online censorship law known as Decree 72 went into effect this month. It bans bloggers and users of social media from quoting, gathering, or summarizing information from press organizations or government websites.