2019 Annual Report

Since 1990, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has led the charge to protect our basic rights to privacy and free expression in the burgeoning world of technology. Increasingly, tech and the Internet are part of life whether you are texting a friend, navigating to a restaurant for lunch, applying for a library card, checking out test results from your doctor, or commenting on a cat video. The way we interact with the world has changed, and that presents as many challenges as opportunities. But along with over 30,000 dues-paying members around the world, EFF stands with you.

The EFF team is tireless in applying its deep understanding of law and technology to debates about civil liberties. We’ve earned our trusted voice in policy and legal debates thanks to a combination of unique expertise and decades of experience fighting for the users. This annual report features reflections from several EFF staff members about some of our most significant efforts in 2019, as well as financial information for the fiscal year ending in June of that year.

To learn more, read our Year in Review series.

A WORD FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Cindy Cohn

Even in shifting political winds, our lawyers, technologists, and activists continue rising to the challenge with determination and unfailing dedication to preserving civil liberties. We have so much to be proud of, and I’m thrilled to share highlights from 2019 with you.

Privacy

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Location Privacy Versus AT&T

Defending the location privacy of AT&T customers.
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Opposing Facial Recognition Systems

Campaigning against a surveillance tool that could quell public participation in society
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Free Expression

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Woodhull FOSTA challenge

Defending the First Amendment rights of online speakers and challenging FOSTA
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Security

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Encrypting the Web with Let’s Encrypt and Certbot 1.0

Building free tools that protect privacy and security by automatically enabling HTTPS
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Taking on Stalkerware

Working together to help stop tech-enabled intimate partner abuse
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Innovation

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Save .ORG

Defending the public interest Internet against private equity takeover
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Financial Report

Contributions from more than 30,000 dues-paying members from around the world form the backbone of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s financial support.

THANK YOU

EFF members around the world drive the movement for Internet freedom, and ensure technology users everywhere have a seasoned advocate that is ready for action. Together we are standing up for online privacy, the free exchange of ideas, and a world in which the public’s interests come before corporations and politicians. A better digital future is possible with your help.

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