DEEP DIVE: CBP’s Social Media Surveillance Poses Risks to Free Speech and Privacy Rights

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and one of its component agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), released a Privacy Impact Assessment...

A Cycle of Renewal, Broken: How Big Tech and Big Media Abuse Copyright Law...

As long we've had electronic mass media, audiences and creators have benefited from periods of technological upheaval that force old gatekeepers to compete with...

Court Rules That “Patent Troll” is Opinion, Not Defamation

Free speech in the patent world saw a big win on Friday, when the New Hampshire Supreme Court held that calling someone a “patent...

IPANDETEC Rates Panama’s ISPs in its First ¿Quién Defiende Tus Datos? Report

It's Panama’s turn to take a closer look at the practices of its most prominent Internet Service Providers, and how their policies support their...

Don’t Renew Section 215 Indefinitely

The New York Times reported that the Trump administration wants Section 215, the legal authority that allows the National Security Agency to collect Americans’...

The DOJ Should Keep Its Historic Role Guarding Competition and Innovation in the Music...

If you want to play music as part of your business, either live or recorded, chances are you are going to have to pay...

Browsers Take a Stand Against Kazakhstan’s Invasive Internet Surveillance

Yesterday, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple’s Safari browsers started blocking a security certificate previously used by Kazakh ISPs to compromise their users’ security...

Ninth Circuit Goes a Step Further to Protect Privacy in Border Device Searches

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a new ruling in U.S. v. Cano that offers greater privacy protection for...

Facebook is Changing Its Face Recognition Settings. We Have Questions.

Yesterday Facebook announced it was changing its settings for face recognition, which it has used since 2010 to match known faces in user profile...

Lawmakers Must Not Listen to the Internet Association and Weaken the California Consumer Privacy...

Hundreds of thousands of Californians last year demanded that big technology companies respect their privacy rights, and supported a movement that led to the...

Remembering Gene Crick, Digital Rights Pioneer

We pause this week to celebrate our longtime friend Gene Crick, a digital rights activist and former president of EFF-Austin, who passed away August...

Telnet Is Not A Crime: Unconvincing Prosecution Screenshot Leaked in Ola Bini Case

Since EFF visited Ecuador three weeks ago, the investigation into open source developer Ola Bini has proceeded as we described then: drawn out, with...

There Are No Magic Words That You Can Post to Change Instagram’s Terms of...

Every so often, a rash of identical posts starts to take over social media. This isn’t the work of bots, but the result of...

U.S. Export Controls and “Published” Encryption Source Code Explained

Throughout our long history of defending encryption, EFF has taken a special interest in ensuring that researchers and programmers who help build and strengthen...

South Africa offered opportunity to lead in 4IR

Cybercrime from DION HENRICK in Cape TownCAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – THE cybersecurity skills gap offers South Africa an opportunity to lead in the fourth...

EFF Sues DHS To Uncover Information About Border Agents Using GPS Devices Without a...

Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its component agencies today to obtain information about the agencies’...

The STRONGER Patents Act Would Make Bad Patents Stronger Than Ever

Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) has introduced yet another version of the STRONGER Patents Act. In 2017, we explained how earlier versions of the bill...

Suit Against Pharmacy Groups Uses Antitrust as a Weapon Against Unaccountable Online Censorship

PharmacyChecker.com found itself in a tough spot. The website evaluates online pharmacies, giving people information about how to cheaply and safely import prescription medicines...

EFF and Mozilla to Venmo: Clean Up Your Privacy Settings

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Mozilla have teamed up in an open letter to Venmo, telling the popular payment app...

EFF and Mozilla Release Public Letter to Venmo

EFF is teaming up with the Mozilla Foundation to tell Venmo to clean up its privacy act. In a public letter sent to President/CEO Dan...

Five Concerns about Amazon Ring’s Deals with Police

More than 400 police departments across the country have partnered with Ring, tech giant Amazon’s “smart” doorbell program, to create a troubling new video...

Harvard Student’s Deportation Raises Concerns About Border Device Searches and Social Media Surveillance

Media outlets reported this week that an international student at Harvard University was deported back to Lebanon after border agents in Boston searched his...

Don’t Play in Google’s Privacy Sandbox

Last week, Google announced a plan to “build a more private web.” The announcement post was, frankly, a mess. The company that tracks user...

As Ola Bini Prosecutors Wrap Up Investigation, Amnesty Calls Out Human Rights Violations in...

Today marks the last day that the Ecuadorean prosecution has to investigate its case against Ola Bini, the Swedish free software programmer  who was...