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New "Smart Meters" for Energy Use Put Privacy at Risk

The ebb and flow of gas and electricity into your home contains surprisingly detailed information about your daily life. Energy usage data, measured moment by moment, allows the reconstruction of a household's activities: when people wake up, when they come home, when they go on vacation, and maybe even when...

Privacy Protection Needed As Smart Grid Arrives

San Francisco - Privacy advocates are warning that "smart meters" intended to precisely measure and control home electrical consumption could erode the privacy of daily life unless regulators limit data collection and disclosure. In a joint filing yesterday, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation...

Jennifer Granick paneling at ACS "The Future of Employee Privacy in the Digital Age"

American Constitution Society's Bay Area Lawyer Chapter presents "Quon v. Arch Wireless: The Future of Employee Privacy in the Digital Age," featuring
Robert Brownstone, Law and Technology Director, Fenwick & West LLP
Jennifer Stisa Granick, Civil Liberties Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Julia Harumi Mass, Staff Attorney, ACLU...

Federal Intellectual Property Enforcement Gears Up

The Obama Administration has been slowly ramping up its attention to intellectual property issues. Over the past few months, we've seen an IP "summit" at the White House. We've seen the successful nomination of a new cabinet-level "IP Czar" position. We've seen the announcement of a new DOJ task force...

Photos from EFF's 20th Birthday Party

Last month, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of EFF at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco, joined by Adam Savage, the founders of EFF and dozens of other Internet luminaries. For non-local EFF supporters, we've put the gorgeous photos that John Adams and Johnny Grace...

The Weakest Link Redux

We often criticize DMCA takedown abuse here at EFF, but last week's Cryptome snafu highlights another facet of the problem: how a DMCA takedown for one item can result in the removal of lots of lawful material.
To recap, Cryptome posted Microsoft’s global criminal compliance manual....

Unintended Consequences: Twelve Years Under the DMCA

San Francisco - Twelve years after the passage of the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the law continues to stymie fair use, free speech, scientific research, and legitimate competition. A new report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) collects reported examples of abuses of the DMCA and the ongoing...

EFF Panel in Pittsburgh: Architecture Is Policy

Pittsburgh - On Monday, March 8, at 4 p.m., board members of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will discuss the societal impact of technology design in a panel at Carnegie Mellon University.
Technology design can maximize or decimate our basic rights to free speech, privacy, property ownership, and creative...


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