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The Graham-Blumenthal bill is anti-speech, anti-security, and anti-innovation.

The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

The day before a committee debate and vote on the EARN IT Act, the bill’s sponsors replaced their bill with an amended version. Here’s their new idea: instead of giving a 19-person federal commission, dominated by law enforcement, the power to regulate the Internet, the bill now effectively gives...
The shadow of a police officer looms in front of a Ring device on a closed door.

Amazon’s Ring Enables the Over-Policing Efforts of Some of America’s Deadliest Law Enforcement Agencies

Ring, Amazon’s “smart” doorbell camera company, recently began sharing statistics on how many video requests police departments submit to users, and the numbers are staggering. In the first quarter of 2020 alone, police requested videos over 5000 times, using their partnerships with the company to email users directly and ask...

Hundreds of Police Departments with Deadly Histories Partner with Amazon’s Ring Surveillance Cameras

San Francisco – Research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) shows that hundreds of U.S. police departments with deadly histories have official partnerships with Amazon’s Ring—a home-surveillance company that makes it easy to send video footage to law enforcement. Ring sells networked cameras, often bundled with doorbells or lighting...

"Don't Believe Proven Liars": The Absolute Minimum Standard of Prudence in Merger Scrutiny

"There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." -President George W Bush Anti-monopoly enforcement has seen a significant shift since the 1970s. Where...
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Wikileaks-Hosted "Most Wanted Leaks" Reflects the Transparency Priorities of Public Contributors

The government recently released a superseding indictment[1] against Wikileaks editor in chief Julian Assange, currently imprisoned and awaiting extradition in the United Kingdom. As we’ve written before, this prosecution poses a clear threat to journalism, and, whether or not Assange considers himself a journalist, the indictment ...
Surveillance cameras peering around, each with a social media company icon.

EFF to Court: Social Media Users Have Privacy and Free Speech Interests in Their Public Information

Special thanks to legal intern Rachel Sommers, who was the lead author of this post. Visa applicants to the United States are required to disclose personal information including their work, travel, and family histories. And as of May 2019, they are required to register their social media...
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Inside the Invasive, Secretive “Bossware” Tracking Workers

COVID-19 has pushed millions of people to work from home, and a flock of companies offering software for tracking workers has swooped in to pitch their products to employers across the country. The services often sound relatively innocuous. Some vendors bill their tools as “automatic time tracking” or “workplace analytics”...
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EFF Successfully Defends Users’ Right to Challenge Patents and Still Recover Legal Fees

When individuals and companies are wrongly accused of patent infringement, they should be encouraged to stand up and defend themselves. When they win, the public does too. While the patent owner loses revenue, the rest of society gets greater access to knowledge, product choice, and space for innovation. This is...
The Graham-Blumenthal bill is anti-speech, anti-security, and anti-innovation.

Tell Your Senator: Vote No on the EARN IT Act

This month, Americans are out in the streets, demanding police accountability. But rather than consider reform proposals, a key Senate committee is focused on giving unprecedented powers to law enforcement—including the ability to break into our private messages by creating encryption backdoors. This Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled...

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