EFF has discovered that critics have Kazakhstan’s government have been systematically targeted by a phishing and malware campaign. Based on the evidence available, we believe that the government itself is behind the attack.
Colombian graduate student Diego Gomez shared another student’s Master’s thesis with colleagues over the Internet. That simple act—something that many people all over the world do every day—put Diego at risk of spending years in prison. Closing arguments in Diego’s trial are scheduled for this week.
When laws punish intellectual curiosity, everyone suffers; not just researchers, but also the people who would benefit from their research. Please join us in standing with Diego; together, we can fight for a time when everyone can access and share the world’s research.
EFF and a coalition of organizations and individuals are asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to require retailers to warn you when the products you buy come locked down by DRM (digital rights management). We think that customers have the right to know when they’re buying something with technical restrictions built in.
The FCC has proposed a rule change that would allow pay TV customers choose devices and apps from anywhere rather than being forced to use the box and associated software provided by the cable company. Major entertainment companies are trying to derail the effort with misleading arguments about copyright law.
Violating a company rule is not—and should not be—a computer crime. Some prosecutors are trying to use statutes targeting computer break-ins in order to enforce employer policies, but the Oregon Supreme Court is not buying it.
When governments hack computers for law enforcement purposes, it can directly impact everyone’s digital security. It’s time for a public discussion on whether, when, and how governments can be empowered to break into our computers, phones, and other devices.
There’s a debate taking place over how the Fourth Amendment should be interpreted in the Internet age. Some commentators insist that Constitutional privacy protections don’t apply to most mass surveillance. Such arguments ignore the reasons why we have a Fourth Amendment in the first place.
Once again, big media companies are trying to use copyright law to stop new startups. This time, FilmOn is fighting in multiple lawsuits around the U.S. for the right to capture local TV broadcasts and stream them to paying subscribers.
On matters implicating privacy, Congress has too often failed to fulfill its responsibilities. By neglecting to examine basic facts and deferring to executive agencies whose secrets preclude meaningful debate, lawmakers have allowed proposals that undermine constitutional rights to repeatedly become enshrined in law. With the recent launch of a new bipartisan Fourth Amendment Caucus in the House, the Constitution has gained a formidable ally.
Remember the NFL trying to tell companies that they couldn’t use the term “Super Bowl”? Now the Olympic Committee is getting in on the absurdity.
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EFF will co-sponsor a panel organized by Asian Americans Advancing Justice exploring how national security computer crime prosecutions have targeted innocent communities. August 11, 2016 Orange County, CA
Bassel Khartabil is a technologist and free culture advocate who has been unjustly detained by the Syrian authorities since the beginning of the civil war. His many friends, colleagues, and connected organizations, including EFF, have been calling for information on his whereabouts and his release. Friends and supporters of Bassel are invited to get together and have picnics in their cities in Bassel’s honor. August 13, 2016 San Francisco, CA
Local government agencies in California are required to publish an inventory of all the “enterprise systems” they use to store primary records or information on the public. These catalogs not only name the databases, but the type of data they collect and store, the name of the software used, and the vendor. Work with us as we sweep through California cities, counties, and local agencies to collect these catalogs. August 27, 2016 San Francisco, CA Washington, DC
EFF Investigative Researcher Dave Maass returns (in costume) to Dragon Con’s Electronic Frontiers Forums, where he’ll discuss a range of privacy, activism, and transparency issues around digital civil liberties. September 2–5, 2016 Atlanta, GA