Dystopia Prime: Amazon Subjects Its Drivers to Biometric Surveillance

Some high-tech surveillance is so dangerous to privacy that companies must never deploy it against a person without their voluntary opt-in consent. It comes as little surprise that Amazon, the company that brought you Ring doorbell cameras and Rekognition face surveillance, has a tenuous understanding of both privacy and consent.…

Free as in Climbing: Rock Climber’s Open Data Project Threatened by Bogus Copyright Claims

Rock climbers have a tradition of sharing “beta”—helpful information about a route—with other climbers. Giving beta is both useful and a form of community-building within this popular sport. Given that strong tradition of sharing, we were disappointed to learn that the owners of an important community website, MountainProject.com, were abusing…

Facebook’s Pitch to Congress: Section 230 for Me, But not for Thee

As Mark Zuckerberg tries to sell Congress on Facebook’s preferred method of amending the federal law that serves as a key pillar of the internet, lawmakers must see it for what it really is: a self-serving and cynical effort to cement the company’s dominance. In prepared testimony submitted to the…

Statement on the Re-election of Richard Stallman to the FSF Board

We at EFF are profoundly disappointed to hear of the re-election of Richard Stallman to a leadership position at the Free Software Foundation, after a series of serious accusations of misconduct led to his resignation as president and board member of the FSF in 2019. We are also disappointed that this…

Facebook Treats Punk Rockers Like Crazy Conspiracy Theorists, Kicks Them Offline

Facebook announced last year that it would be banning followers of QAnon, the conspiracy theorists that allege that a cabal of satanic pedophiles is plotting against former U.S. president Donald Trump. It seemed like a case of good riddance to bad rubbish. Members of an Oakland-based punk rock band called Adrenochrome were…

Pasco County’s Sheriff Must End Its Targeted Child Harassment Program

In September 2020, the Tampa Bay Times revealed a destructive “data-driven” policing program run by the Pasco County, Florida Sheriff’s Office. The program is misleadingly called “Intelligence-Led Policing” (ILP), but in reality, it’s nothing more than targeted child harassment by police. Young people’s school grades and absences, minor infractions, and even instances where they…

Video Hearing Tuesday: EFF Tells California Lawmakers to Crack Down on License Plate Data Collection

SB 210 Would Require Data Destruction Within 24 Hours, Among Other Reforms Sacramento – On Tuesday, March 23, at 1:30 pm PT, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge California senators to crack down on location tracking by passing SB 210, a bill that would require the destruction of automatically…

EFF Joins Effort to Restrict Automated License Plate Readers in California

One year ago, the California State Auditor released a damning report on the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by local law enforcement agencies that confirmed concerns EFF has raised for years. Police are using these camera systems to collect enormous amounts of sensitive data on Californians’ travel patterns.…

AT&T’s HBO Max Deal Was Never Free

When it launched HBO Max, it was discovered that usage of the service would not count against the data caps of AT&T customers, a practice known as “zero-rating.” This means that people on limited data plans could watch as much HBO Max content as they wished without incurring overage fees. AT&T…

EFF Members: We Want to Hear From You!

For the first time, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is reaching out to its vast community to improve its membership program and outreach. Today current EFF members and other donors from the past year will receive an email inviting them to tell us how to better serve our supporters. Public support…

Twitter, Trump, and Tough Decisions: EU Freedom of Expression and the Digital Services Act

This blog post was co-written by Dr. Aleksandra Kuczerawy (Senior Fellow and Researcher at KU Leuven) and inspired by her publication at Verfassungsblog. Suspension of Trump’s Social Media Accounts: Controversial, but not unprecedented The suspension of the social media accounts of former U.S. President Donald Trump by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,…

An Antitrust Exemption for News Media Won’t Take Us Back to the Time Before Big Tech

Something is rotten online. Facebook and Google dominate the market on online advertising, depleting the resources needed by any other company reliant on serving digital content. For news media, the confluence of an increasingly digital world with Google and Facebook’s siphoning of online advertising revenue has been catastrophic. Unfortunately, giving…

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