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New Bill Would Make Needed Steps Toward Curbing Mass Surveillance

The Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act is a Strong Bill That Builds on Previous Surveillance Reforms Last week, Sens. Ron Wyden (D–Oregon) and Steve Daines (R–Montana) along with Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D–California), Warren Davidson (R–Ohio), and Pramila Jayapal (D–Washington) introduced the Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act (SAPRA), H.R...

U.K. Police Will Soon be able to Search Through U.S. Data Without Asking a Judge

Law enforcement officials in the U.S. and U.K. have negotiated a deal that sells out the privacy rights of the public in both nations. For Americans, it will effectively abrogate Fourth Amendment protections, and subject their data to search and seizure by foreign police. This is all going to start...

Design Patents Are Useless. So Why Are They Getting a Boost in DC?

When we talk about patents, we’re usually talking about “utility” patents. Utility patents protect inventions that claim to have some practical application or use. (A lot of them still claim things that are actually useless, but they’re supposed to be potentially useful.) “Design” patents, by contrast, protect only the...

Off-Facebook Activity is a Welcome but Incomplete Move

Today Facebook announced the roll-out of its Off-Facebook Activity tool (initially introduced as “Clear History” nearly two years ago). The tools shows you a list of apps, websites, and businesses that Facebook knows you have visited through its business tools (including Facebook Login, Facebook’s tracking...
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EFF and Other Groups to PCLOB: Urge the Ban of Face Recognition

This week EFF joined a coalition letter asking the Privacy and Civil Liberties Board (PCLOB) to urge that the government suspend its use of face recognition technology. The letter was signed by organizations like Color of Change, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, National Center...

Data Privacy or Data Protection Day? It’s a Human Right, Either Way

Today marks the 39th anniversary of the Council of Europe's "Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to the Automatic Processing of Personal Data", or, more catchily, Convention 108. It is the root treaty that spawned the first European Union-wide data protection laws, including the General Data Protection...
The shadow of a police officer looms in front of a Ring device on a closed door.

La aplicación Ring Doorbell está plagada de rastreadores de terceras partes.

Ring no solamente es un producto que permite a los usuarios vigilar a sus vecinos. La compañía también lo usa para vigilar a sus clientes. Una investigación de EFF sobre la aplicación de timbre de puerta Ring para Android descubrió que estaba llena de rastreadores de terceros que enviaban una...

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