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FTC to Internet Companies: Start Using SSL

HTTPS is the backbone of web security. The protocol, which is also commonly known as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), is what guarantees we can use the web to transmit sensitive information — financial, medical, or other — with relative confidence that it won't be intercepted or stolen. EFF...

Wiring Up The Big Brother Machine... And Fighting It

Here's a movie pitch: One lone telecommunications technician, going about his ordinary daily work in San Francisco, begins to realize things aren't quite what they seem. There's a "secret room" downstairs, and ordinary employees aren't allowed to enter it. Coworkers — almost casually! — remark that a government spy agency...

EFF to Urge True Transparency in Congressional Hearing Thursday

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, March 18, at 2 p.m., members of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a public hearing on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Obama administration compliance with transparency law. The hearing comes as transparency advocates celebrate Sunshine...

EFF Experts to Speak at Privacy Roundtable in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, March 17, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting its final public roundtable on technology privacy challenges in Washington, D.C. Two experts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are taking part. EFF Senior Staff Technologist Peter Eckersley and EFF Boardmember Edward W. Felten will discuss...

EFF's David Sobel Testifies in Congress on FOIA

WHO: David Sobel Senior Counsel, Electronic Frontier Foundation WHAT: "Administration of the Freedom of Information Act: Current Trends" U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives WHEN: 2 p.m. Thursday, March 18 WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2154 Washington, D.C. 20515 For...

FTC Roundtable "Internet Architecture and Privacy"

On Wednesday, March 17, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is hosting its final public roundtable on technology privacy challenges in Washington, D.C. Two experts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are taking part. EFF Senior Staff Technologist Peter Eckersley and EFF Boardmember Edward W. Felten will discuss "Internet Architecture and...

EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston at SXSW

Core Conversation: Big Brother on the Big Screen: Fact/Fiction? Saturday, March 13 at 5:00 PM / Location: 8A Can the NSA really do that? Um, yes. Join Nicole Ozer at the movies to take a close look at how government surveillance has caught up with the fables dreamed up for...

The Beginning of the End of Data Retention

Last week, the German Constitutional Court issued a much-anticipated decision, striking down its data retention law as violating human rights. It was an important victory for Europe’s Freedom Not Fear movement, which was formed to oppose the EU Data Retention Directive. But it was also a reminder of the...

Better U.S. Net Rules for Iran, Cuba and Syria

The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on Monday key amendments to the regulation of United States sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Sudan. The new provisions give a blanket license for the export of "certain services and software incident to the exchange of personal communications over the...

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