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EFF Supports Comprehensive Reform to California Electronic Privacy Law

With more than 38-million people and some of the largest technology companies in the world calling California home, the Golden State should be a leader in safeguarding electronic privacy. For years the state’s constitution has provided greater privacy protection than the Fourth Amendment. But when it comes to electronic...

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New Bipartisan Bills Give Congress a Chance to Strengthen Email Privacy

A pair of bills aimed at reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) were introduced in the United States Congress today. The bills, championed by Senators Leahy (D-Vt.) and Lee (R-Utah) and Representatives Yoder (R-Ks.) and Polis (D-Co.) focus on clarifying that the government must obtain a warrant...

What You Need to Know About the FISA Court—and How it Needs to Change

Should interpretation of the laws and Constitution of the United States take place in one-sided secretive courts, away from the public eye?
For years, it has. But even Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judges don’t agree on how exactly the FISC should work. Since the Snowden disclosures, hundreds of...

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Don't Emulate the United States' Terrible Surveillance Oversight, Britain

Update: As predicted, DRIP has already become law: it received royal assent on Thursday July 17, 2014.
The UK government is currently forcing through Parliament a wide-ranging set of changes to that country's digital surveillance and data retention law. The pace of the progression of the new amendments,...

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A Zombie Bill Comes Back to Life: A Look at The Senate's Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee recently introduced the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014. It’s the fourth time in four years that Congress has tried to pass "cybersecurity" legislation. Unfortunately, the newest Senate bill is one of the worst yet. Cybersecurity bills aim to facilitate...

NSA Spying in Congress: Stop the Intelligence Committee and What to Watch For in Upcoming Bills

The Intelligence Committee Bills Must be Stopped
Many of NSA reform bills going through Congress are encouraging, but the most important priority for those who want to stop the spying is to stop the bill by the Intelligence Committees of the House and Senate. The Chairs of each...

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Another Year, Another Electronic Privacy Veto for California Governor Brown

Close your eyes, can't happen hereBig bro' on white horse is nearThe hippies won't come back you sayMellow out or you will payMellow out or you will pay!...Now it's 1984Knock-knock at your front doorIt's the suede denim secret policeThey have come for your uncool niece
- "California Über...

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