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EFF and 45 Human Rights and Civil Liberties Groups Condemn Federal Law Enforcement Actions Against Protesters in Portland

EFF joined dozens of other groups in a letter condemning the behavior of federal law enforcement agencies in Portland, Oregon. Despite the wishes of local government officials, the federal government deployed law enforcement, including U.S. Marshals and Customs and Border Protection officers, to Portland. The federal government officially explained these...
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EFF Welcomes Cybersecurity Expert Tarah Wheeler to Advisory Board

Cybersecurity policy expert. Security researcher. Women in tech advocate. Entrepreneur. Tarah Wheeler’s expertise and experience encompasses the most pressing issues in tech, and we’re honored to announce that she is joining EFF’s advisory board. She will be helping us with our work on information security, data privacy, building diverse...
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The PACT Act’s Attempt to Help Internet Users Hold Platforms Accountable Will End Up Hurting Online Speakers

Recently, nearly every week brings a new effort to undercut or overhaul a key U.S. law—47 U.S.C. § 230 (“Section 230”)—that protects online services and allows Internet users to express themselves. Many of these proposals jeopardize users’ free speech and privacy, while others are thinly-veiled attacks against online services...
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Appeals Court Decision Fails to Protect Privacy of Cryptocurrency Exchange Users

Financial records contain a trove of sensitive information about people’s personal lives, beliefs, and affiliations—which is why law enforcement should be required to get a warrant in order to obtain financial transaction data. Courts and lawmakers have gotten this wrong in the context of traditional banks—and a June 30 ruling...
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After This Week’s Hack, It Is Past Time for Twitter to End-to-End Encrypt Direct Messages

Earlier this week, chaos reigned supreme on Twitter as high-profile public figures—from Elon Musk to Jeff Bezos to President Barack Obama—started tweeting links to the same bitcoin scam. Twitter’s public statement and reporting from Motherboard suggest attackers gained access to an internal admin tool at the company...

The American Federal Definition of Broadband Is Both Useless and Harmful

Definitions matter. Especially when those definitions come from the federal government. In the case of “broadband,” the definition set by the federal government creates our standard of Internet living. Depressingly, the American government’s definition means ISPs get away with offering very poor levels of “broadband.” The Federal Communications Commission (FCC...

EU Court Again Rules That NSA Spying Makes U.S. Companies Inadequate for Privacy

The European Union’s highest court today made clear—once again—that the US government’s mass surveillance programs are incompatible with the privacy rights of EU citizens. The judgment was made in the latest case involving Austrian privacy advocate and EFF Pioneer Award winner Max Schrems. It invalidated the “Privacy Shield,”...
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The International Trade Commission Is Opening the Door to Abusive Patent Owners and Endangering U.S. Businesses

The International Trade Commission, or ITC, is a forum that’s meant to protect U.S. industries from unfair trade practices. But in recent years, the prime beneficiaries of the sprawling ITC haven't been American manufacturers, but patent owners, patent lawyers, and—you guessed it—patent trolls. The ITC is a quasi-judicial agency, that...
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EFF Launches Searchable Database of Police Agencies and the Tech Tools They Use to Spy on Communities

San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), in partnership with the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, today launched the largest-ever collection of searchable data on police use of surveillance technologies, created as a tool for the public to learn about facial recognition, drones, license plate readers...

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