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Court Report Provides New Details About How Federal Law Enforcement in Seattle Obtain Private Information Without Warrants

Federal law enforcement in Seattle sought an average of one court order a day to disclose people’s sensitive information such as calling history in the first half of 2019, according to a report released this year. The report, the first of its kind by the U.S. District Court for...

EFF Calls For Disclosure of Secret Financing Details Behind $1.1 Billion .ORG Sale, Asks FTC To Scrutinize Deal

San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) Education Fund today called on ICANN and private equity firm Ethos Capital to make public secret details—hidden costs, loan servicing fees, and inducements to insiders—about financing the $1.1 billion sale of the .ORG domain registry.EFF and...
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Gopher: When Adversarial Interoperability Burrowed Under the Gatekeepers' Fortresses

When Apple's App Store launched in 2008, it was widely hailed as a breakthrough in computing, a "curated experience" that would transform the chaos of locating and assessing software and replace it with a reliable one-stop-shop where every app would come pre-tested and with a trusted seal of approval. But...

EFF to Ninth Circuit: Border Searches of Electronic Devices Require a Warrant

Although the Ninth Circuit issued a strong opinion last year in favor of digital privacy rights at the border, EFF filed an amicus brief [PDF] in a new case urging the court to go a step further. The Ninth Circuit should finally hold that the Fourth Amendment requires...

California’s Broadband Fund Ignores Fiber and Favors Slow DSL

The California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), a program launched in 2008 to connect all Californians to high-speed Internet, was an early success. It helped build middle mile open access fiber to hard-to-serve communities and delivered high-speed access to areas that never had Internet. It funded fiber-to-the-home to public...

When Nudity Isn’t Even Nude: Chilean Artist’s Protest of Police Brutality Hidden on Instagram

In 2019, Chilean singer Mon Laferte won a Latin Grammy for best alternative album. She also used her appearance at the awards to make a statement about violence in her home country of Chile, baring her chest to show the words “En Chile torturan violan y matan”—"In Chile they torture...

When the Public is Private: Project Veritas Provocateur Wrongfully Suspended by Twitter

Since the 2016 U.S. election, political speech on social media—and how it’s moderated—has been a subject of much debate. Conservatives have repeatedly accused platforms of bias, while we’ve seen plenty of examples of wrongful takedowns from across the political spectrum. While many of the most talked-about conservative takedowns have involved...
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Ring Updates Device Security and Privacy—But Ignores Larger Concerns

Amazon’s surveillance doorbell company Ring has announced extra layers of security and control for users after a wave of backlash from civil liberties and cyber security organizations like EFF and Mozilla. Organizations raised major concerns over Ring’s lack of effort in protecting the data and security of users...

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