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SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 15, 2015
San Diego's Facial Recognition Program Shows Why We Need Records on Police Use of Mobile Biometric Technology The New York Times has a story out on how San Diego police use mobile facial recognition devices in the field, including potentially on non-consenting residents who aren't suspected of a crime. One account from a retired firefighter is especially alarming:
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 13, 2015
Hundreds of South Carolina Inmates Sent to Solitary Confinement Over Facebook In the South Carolina prison system, accessing Facebook is an offense on par with murder, rape, rioting, escape and hostage-taking.
James Risen speaks at Press Freedom News Conference August 14th, 2014 Press Freedom at Stake Hosted by RootsAction.Org Addressing one of the most important U.S. press freedom cases in decades, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 29, 2014
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
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 17, 2014
What You Need to Know About the FISA Court--and How it Needs to Change Should interpretation of the laws and Constitution of the United States take place in one-sided secretive courts, away from the public eye?
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SHARE More Sharing        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
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 7, 2014
On 6/5, 65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance That We Didn't Know a Year Ago 65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance That We Didn't Know a Year Ago before Ed Snowden freed the information.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 18, 2014
Looking Back One Year After The Edward Snowden Disclosures - An International Perspective "The US government had built a system that has as its goal the complete elimination of electronic privacy worldwide" Glenn Greenwald, No Place To Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 24, 2014
U.S. Trade Rep on the Charm Offensive—Slight Tweaks to Secret TPP Process is Far From Enough The U.S. Trade Rep announced last week that it will create a new “Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee,” in an attempt to allow public interest groups to provide more input into U.S. proposals in trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
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SHARE More Sharing        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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 20, 2014
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.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 10, 2014
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.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 10, 2014
Three Hearings, Nine Hours, and One Accurate Statement: Why Congress Must Begin a Full Investigation into NSA Spying Last week, press reports revealed more about the National Security Agency's (NSA) elite hacking unit, the Office of Tailored Access Operations (TAO).
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 4, 2014
New Decision Shows How Businesses Can Challenge Warrantless Records Collection, Even if You Can't Much of the debate over modern surveillance—including the NSA mass spying controversy—has centered around whether people can reasonably expect that records about their telephone and Internet activity can remain private when those records belong to someone else: the service providers. Courts have disagreed on whether the 1979 Supreme Court
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 15, 2013
UN Tribunal Condemns the Vietnamese Government for Its Arbitrary Detention of Journalist and Lawyer Le Quoc Quan Last week, a United Nations Rights Tribunal condemned the Vietnamese government for the arbitrary detention of Le Quoc Quan, a prominent lawyer, blogger, and human rights activist who has been imprisoned since December 27, 2012.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 12, 2013
The FAA Creates Thin Privacy Guidelines For The Nation's First Domestic Drone "Test Sites" Commercial unmanned aerial systems are set to start flying over US airspace in 2015. In November the Federal Aviation Administration released its final privacy rules for the six drone "test sites" that the agency will use to evaluate how drones will be integrated into domestic air traffic.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 12, 2013
NSA Turns Cookies (And More) Into Surveillance Beacons ...we've learned that the NSA is using Google cookies--the same cookies used for advertisements and search preferences--to track users for surveillance purposes.

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