Over half a million people have signed onto the Stop Watching Us campaign, a nonpartisan, grassroots effort opposing the dragnet surveillance programs of the NSA. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, also has added his support to the campaign and was joined by internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei. Add your name now.
On the Fourth of July, groups of concerned individuals will take to the streets in dozens of cities across the United States in support of the Fourth Amendment. The movement -- known as Restore the Fourth -- aims to end all forms of unconstitutional surveillance of digital communications by the United States government. Visit the website to learn more and find a protest in your area.
Great news in the patent world: The USPTO has drastically narrowed the patent owned by ArrivalStar, which was used to wrongfully demand payment from cities and other municipalities that use tracking systems to tell transit passengers if their buses and trains are on time. EFF filed a formal request to reexamine the patent's legitimacy.
Member states of the United Nations concluded the draft of an international treaty that gives people with visual and reading disabilities better access to copyrighted works. People with reading and visual disabilities have faced a “book famine,” in which, at best, 7% of published books are converted into accessible formats. The treaty comes as the result of collective efforts to carve out protections for the blind and reading disabled that faced years of resistance from rightsholder industries.
Good news out of New Jersey: a judge has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking a dangerous a provision of a recently-passed New Jersey statute that would have left online service providers legally on the hook for user-generated content. The TRO blocks enforcement of the new law until the court hears additional arguments in support of a permanent injunction in early August. EFF represents the Internet Archive in this legal challenge to the law.
The Guardian published a new batch of secret leaked FISA court and NSA documents recently, which details how the government has been accessing Americans’ emails without a warrant, in violation of the Constitution. The documents lay bare fundamental problems with the ineffectual attempts to place meaningful limitations on the NSA’s massive surveillance program.
A team of computer-crime legal experts, including EFF, filed an appeal of the federal felony conviction and lengthy prison sentence handed down to Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer, a computer researcher who revealed a massive security flaw in AT&T's website and was subsequently prosecuted under the CFAA.
Australia’s security agencies have spent years pushing for the mandatory retention of the communications data of every citizen, which would require private companies to keep communications metadata of all customers for two years. Essentially, it treats every person as a criminal suspect. Now, a parliamentary committee has issued a report declining to recommend data retention and the governing Labor Party announced it will not pursue data retention before the next election. So data retention in Australia has been defeated, for now.
EFF is honored to announce the newest member of its Board of Directors: renowned security expert Bruce Schneier. Schneier is widely acclaimed for his criticism and commentary on everything from network security to national security.
As the FBI is rushing to build a "bigger, faster and better" biometrics database, it's also dragging its feet in releasing information related to the program's impact on the American public. In response, EFF filed a lawsuit to compel the FBI to produce records under the Freedom of Information Act.
In this excellent report, Washington Post documents all of the misleading statements, deceptions, and outright lies told by US officials about the NSA surveillance program.
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This Fourth of July, groups of concerned individuals will be taking to the streets in dozens of cities across the United States in support of the Fourth Amendment. EFF Activist Parker Higgins will be speaking at the San Francisco protest, which starts by Civic Center at 11 am. July 4, 2013 - 11:00am
San Francisco, CA and other cities around the country
The SigInt is an annual three-day conference on technical and social aspects of our digital society. This year, EFF activism director Rainey Reitman will be discussing NSA dragnet surveillance and efforts to fight back. July 5 to July 7, 2013
Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury will join Sunny Park from Microsoft and Martin Cole from Accenture to talk about social media and privacy at the IADC's Annual Meeting. July 7, 2013 - 10:30am
Join EFF at Black Hat Briefings! Be sure to stop by our information booth to find out about the latest developments in protecting digital freedom. You can even sign up as an EFF member and pick up some great swag! July 31, 2013 to August 1, 2013
Las Vegas, NV