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EFF v. USPS - Social media monitoring (iCOP)

The Postal Service has secretly combed through the online expression of social media users, raising concerns about chilling the privacy and expressive activity of internet users. EFF filed a Freedom of Information Action (FOIA) suit to learn more about the program.On April 21, 2021, Yahoo News reported that the...

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Council of Europe’s Actions Belie its Pledges to Involve Civil Society in Development of Cross Border Police Powers Treaty

As the Council of Europe’s flawed cross border surveillance treaty moves through its final phases of approval, time is running out to ensure cross-border investigations occur with robust privacy and human rights safeguards in place. The innocuously named “Second Additional Protocol” to the Council of Europe’s (CoE)...

EFF at DEF CON 29

EFF is excited to be a part of another DEF CON! This year's DEF CON will be a hybrid model, with a limited in-person event and online portion as well. EFF will be in the DEF CON Discord chatting with members and answering any questions you might have about...

Venmo Takes Another Step Toward Privacy

As part of a larger redesign, the payment app Venmo has discontinued its public “global” feed. If Venmo and parent company PayPal are taking privacy seriously, the app should make privacy the default, not just an option still buried in the settings.
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India’s Draconian Rules for Internet Platforms Threaten User Privacy and Undermine Encryption

The Indian government’s new Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code (“2021 Rules”) pose huge problems for free expression and Internet users’ privacy. They include dangerous requirements for platforms to identify the origins of messages and pre-screen content, which fundamentally breaks strong encryption for messaging tools.

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