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EFF’s New ‘Threat Lab’ Dives Deep into Surveillance Technologies—And Their Use and Abuse

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April 4, 2019

EFF’s New ‘Threat Lab’ Dives Deep into Surveillance Technologies—And Their Use and Abuse

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EFF is proud to announce its newest investigative team: the Threat Lab. Using a combination of research skills, the Threat Lab will take a deep dive into how surveillance technologies are used to target communities, activists, or individuals.

The Threat Lab is a multidisciplinary unit that’s part of our Technology Projects team. EFF’s Director of Cybersecurity, Eva Galperin heads up the group, which also includes Senior Staff Technologist Cooper Quintin and Senior Investigative Researcher Dave Maass.

The creation of the Threat Lab is a logical evolution of the investigative work we’ve been doing at EFF for years. Some of the projects that will move under the Threat Lab umbrella include our research into state-sponsored malware and cyber-mercenaries, our analysis of Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPRs) and how data collected by police endangers privacy, and our work fighting spouseware and stalkerware. And people are already taking notice: Eva’s work in this area was recently featured in Wired.

We all have a right to live our lives without the threat of illegal surveillance. EFF’s Threat Lab will do its part to enforce those rights with rigorous examinations of new surveillance technologies and how they are being abused by law enforcement or others.

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