The clock is ticking. If Congress doesn’t act now, the government will soon be able to use a search warrant to hack an untold number of computers located around the world.
Lawmakers are rightfully pushing to postpone these new hacking powers, arguing that Congress has not had sufficient time to debate these new powers and their privacy and security implications. We’ve supported previous delay efforts, and now we’re asking Congress to pass the Stalling Mass Damaging Hacking Act (the SMDH Act), which gives Congress until April 1 to consider these new hacking powers.
Despite lawmakers’ questions—and some less than helpful answers from the Justice Department—we still don’t know enough about how the government plans to use these new hacking powers, whether there are any privacy or security protections in place, and how government hacking can open up Internet users’ devices and networks to attacks from non-government hackers.
Congress needs more time to consider these questions and get more information in hearings before the new hacking powers go into effect. Call your senator today and tell them to support the Stalling Mass Damaging Hacking Act to give Congress that time.
Many supporters have contacted us with concerns about the election results. At this critical moment, we want digital civil liberties supporters worldwide to feel confident that EFF remains steadfast in its mission and method: to use law and technology to champion civil liberties and provide a potent check against overreach.
The results of the election have put the tech industry in a risky position. President-elect Trump has promised to deport millions of our friends and neighbors, track people based on their religious beliefs, and undermine users’ digital security and privacy. He’ll need Silicon Valley’s cooperation to do it—and Silicon Valley can fight back.
Election security experts concerned about voting machines are calling for an audit of ballots in the three states where the presidential election was very close: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. We join their call for an audit. This is an important election safety measure and should happen in all elections, not just those that have a razor-thin margin.
In a letter to the Obama administration this week, EFF and other civil liberties groups—including Demand Progress and OpenTheGovernment.org—are asking that the president shed some much-needed light on government actions that impact civil liberties ahead of his departure.
It will take the concerted actions of our supporters to help EFF’s goals find their reflection in law, policy, technology, and culture. That’s why we launched the Electronic Frontier Alliance, a national network of grassroots groups from Atlanta to Austin taking action in their local communities to promote digital rights.
While Colombia’s digital world continues to advance with 21st century technologies, the country’s privacy law has not kept pace. Colombian telecommunication companies have not yet stepped up to meet tech industry best practices related to privacy and transparency reporting. Nonetheless, two key members of Colombia’s telecommunications industry—ETB and Telefonica-Movistar—have improved their practices, with ETB leading the way.
Engaging in peaceful protest may put you at risk of search or arrest, having your movements and associations mapped, or otherwise becoming a target of surveillance and repression. Here we present 10 security tips for protesting in the digital age.
The UK parliament has passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, the most extreme surveillance bill yet. The Don't Spy On Us coalition gives the details.
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EFF Activism Director Rainey Reitman and International Director Danny O’Brien fielded questions from supporters about the future of digital rights after the election of President-elect Donald Trump. Watch the replay on YouTube.
EFF Senior Staff Technologist Jacob Hoffman-Andrews and International Director Danny O’Brien discussed steps tech companies can take to protect users ahead of the next presidential administration. Watch the replay on YouTube.
Copyright should never stand in the way of access to the law. As keynote speaker, EFF Legal Director Corynne McSherry will speak on the importance of open access to legal materials.
December 2, 2016
EFF will be represented at a range of events at the Internet Governance Forum, including workshops and a main session on the nexus between the Internet and trade, as well as events on cybersecurity, encryption policy, access to knowledge, and the “right to be forgotten.”
December 4-9, 2016
Learn about the latest developments in the movement to safely and effectively deliver IT services at EFF’s booth in the expo hall. EFF supporters get discounted event registration.
December 4-9, 2016
Join EFF Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Kurt Opsahl, Systems Administrator Starchy Grant, and Membership Coordinator Maggie Kazmierczak for a candid Q&A about what we're doing at the intersection of tech and civil liberties.
December 7, 2016