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Senator Calls on Courts to Increase Transparency of Surveillance Orders

Federal courts must end the excessive secrecy surrounding law enforcement surveillance orders, a U.S. Senator urged in a letter on Friday. This secrecy block’s the public’s ability to fully understand how police conduct this surveillance, the lawmaker wrote. The letter, sent by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Or), asks federal courts...

Misused Espionage Act Targets Government Whistleblowers

This week we celebrated National Whistleblower Appreciation Day—an appropriate time to speak out against the U.S. government’s continued use of the Espionage Act to prosecute government leakers, and in so doing, restrict the flow of important information to the press. As we wrote on the 100th anniversary of the Act’s...

Congress Gives FOIA a Modest but Important Update For Its 50th Birthday: 2016 in Review

Year after year, federal agencies worked behind the scenes to thwart any attempt to reform the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In 2016, Congress finally came through and successfully amended the 50-year-old transparency statute with the goal of improving our ability to oversee our government. For FOIA’s golden anniversary...

Grassroots Digital Rights Alliance Expands Across U.S.

Observers around the world are scrutinizing the President-elect’s transition team and prospects for digital rights under the incoming administration. Trump’s campaign statements offered few reasons to be optimistic about the next administration’s commitments, making the unrestrained domestic secret surveillance regime that President Trump will inherit an even greater threat...

Will the DOJ or FCC Stop the AT&T Merger from Creating World's Largest Media Conglomerate?

The proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner for $85 billion comes amid news that AT&T built a powerful phone surveillance tool for police, called Hemisphere. Every day AT&T adds four billion call records to Hemisphere. "We view this as a menace to our privacy," said EFF Senior Staff...

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