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Mandatory Reporting of User Content Chills Speech and Violates Privacy Rights

UPDATE: We're happy to report that this controversial provision was removed from the 2016 Intelligence Authorization bill.
EFF joined a broad coalition of 31 organizations in sending a letter to Senate leadership opposing an unconstitutionally vague bill that would require Internet companies to report to the government...

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Perú Adopta por Decreto la Retención de Datos: La Información de Localización No Estará Protegida

El Presidente de Perú Ollanta Humala firmó el pasado 27 de julio el Decreto Legislativo 1182 que permite a la policía acceder sin órden judicial y en tiempo real a los datos de localización de manera 24/7 en casos de flagrante delito. Pero eso no la peor parte...

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Peru Adopts Data Retention Decree: Declares Location Data No Longer Protected

The Peruvian President today adopted a legislative decree that will grant the police warrantless access to real time user location data on a 24/7 basis. But that’s not the worst part of the decree: it compels telecom providers to retain, for one year, data on who communicates with whom,...

SOPA, anyone? Entertainment Lobby Uses Hearing on Domain Names to Revive Awful Censorship Idea

For many years, major U.S. entertainment companies have been trying to gain the power to make websites disappear from the Internet at their say-so. The Internet blacklist bills SOPA and PIPA were part of that strategy, along with the Department of Homeland Security’s project of seizing websites that someone accused...

The PATENT Act: The Senate’s Solid Start to Reforming the Patent System

Will this be the year we pass patent reform? With both houses of Congress finally introducing strong bills to target patent trolls, we sure hope so.
EFF supported the House’s Innovation Act through its passage in 2013. Unfortunately, the Senate did not respond with a bill worth fighting...

The New USA Freedom Act: A Step in the Right Direction, but More Must Be Done

A bipartisan group of congressional leaders has reintroduced the USA Freedom Act. The bill is an attempt to rein in the intelligence community's "Collect It All" strategy, and passing USA Freedom is a first, small step in the right direction. However, it has serious faults that...

The Senate Gets Serious About Patent Reform with PATENT Act

A bipartisan group of senators introduced the PATENT Act today—the latest reform bill to take on patent trolls. Authored by Sens. Grassley, Leahy, Cornyn, Schumer, Lee, Hatch, and Klobuchar, the "Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship Act of 2015" is an important step toward stopping abusive patent litigation.
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