EFF has been working tirelessly to support the digital rights of protestors fighting for justice—and to make sure that technology works for them, not against them. On this page you will find a pictorial guide of what surveillance police may be using at protests, a guide to staying safe both physically and digitally, instructions on how to get an attorney referral from EFF, a quick explainer on cell phone surveillance, an explanation of your constitutional right to film police, and much more.
Here's your chance to nominate your favorite digital rights luminary for this year's Barlows to be presented at EFF's 29th Annual Pioneer Award Ceremony! Established in 1992, the Pioneer Award Ceremony recognizes leaders who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of technology. Their contributions may be technical, social, legal, academic, economic or cultural. The nomination window will be open until 11:59pm Pacific time on June 30, 2020. You could nominate the next Barlow winner today!
This Pride Month edition of our regular livestream series will feature the voices of different leaders from LGBTQ movements around the globe.
Whenever protesters, cell phones, and police are in the same place, protesters should worry about cell phone surveillance. Often, security practitioners or other protesters respond to that worry with advice about the use of cell-site simulators (also known as a CSS, IMSI catcher, Stingray, Dirtbox, Hailstorm, fake base station, or Crossbow) by local law enforcement. But often this advice is misguided or rooted in a fundamental lack of understanding of what a cell-site simulator is, what it does, and how often they are used.
This is a historic moment of reckoning for law enforcement. Technology companies, too, must rethink how the tools they design and sell to police departments minimize accountability and exacerbate injustice. Even worse, some companies profit directly from exploiting irrational fears of crime that all too often feed the flames of police brutality. So we’re calling on Amazon Ring, one of the worst offenders, to immediately end the partnerships it holds with over 1300 law enforcement agencies.
After three years of organizing by a broad coalition of civil society organizations and community members, New York’s City Council has passed the POST Act with an overwhelming—and veto-proof—majority supporting this common-sense transparency measure.The POST Act provides a much needed first step toward transparency. Once signed into law, the act will require the NYPD to openly publish a use policy for each surveillance technology it intends to use.
Despite widespread complaints about its effects on free expression and privacy, Brazilian Congress is moving forward in its attempts to hastily approve a "Fake News" bill.
EFF has joined a coalition of civil rights, immigration, and criminal justice reform organizations to demand the California Department of Justice (CADOJ) place an immediate moratorium on the use of the state’s gang database, also known as CalGang.
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June 25, 2020 - 12:00pm PDT-Online
Join us this Thursday for another installment of our At Home with EFF series. This Pride Month edition of our regular livestream series will feature the voices of different leaders from LGBTQ movements around the globe
June 27, 2020 - 1:00pm PDT-Online
EFF's Members-Only Speakeasy was so popular that we're adding one more! Join us on Saturday, June 27th, to meet EFF and members around the world.
June 28, 2020 - 2:00pm PDT-Online
Cryptoparty Ann Arbor, a local organization in the Electronic Frontier Alliance, (not EFF) will host this event: What you need to know in order to protect yourself and your Digital Privacy before, during, and after a Protest.
The New York Times explores the case of the Detroit man arrested after being misidentified by face recognition (New York Times).
The neighbor app that has been accused of rousing suspicion and enabling police harassment has ended its function that allows users to forward information directly to police. (The Verge)
Facebook's deactivation of accounts of journalists and activists, while allowing similar content from politicians, is clear and continuing evidence that it dangerously privileges and creates exemptions for those already in positions of power (NBC News)
A TED Talk from EFF Director of Cybersecurity Eva Galperin on her work examining domestic abuse survivors’ devices and online accounts.