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Video: Senator Ron Wyden Opposes Warrantless Surveillance

On December 28, 2012, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke out eloquently against the warrantless wiretapping program instituted by the Bush Administration and continued by the Obama Administration. In his testimony before the Senate, Wyden explained how the original FISA Act worked - and how, after September 11th, the Bush Administration...

Reform to Require Warrant for Private Online Messages Up for Vote, but Down on Privacy

Currently, the Department of Justice argues it can read your private electronic messages, like emails and private Facebook messages, older than 180 days without a warrant due to an archaic distinction in the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Senator Leahy wants to change this and has scheduled a...

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Governor Brown Vetoes California Electronic Privacy Protection. Again.

Location privacy took a hit in California yesterday when Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 1434, an EFF- and ACLU-sponsored bill that would have required law enforcement to apply for a search warrant in order to obtain location tracking information. Despite the bill's passing through the state legislature...

Senate Anti-Leaks Bill Threatens the Rights of the Press and the Public

The US Senate is currently debating a dangerous bill that, if passed, would have broad consequences for press freedom and the public’s right to know. EFF asks senators to stand up for government transparency and the First Amendment and vote it down.
The bill’s provisions, buried in the...


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