US proposal for police body cameras
Tue 9 Dec 2014, 03:00

EFF discusses the pros and cons of President Obama’s announcement about federal assistance to local law enforcement. Body cameras are the most concrete piece of President Obama's proposal.

One of the problems is that, unless used very carefully, body cameras incidentally capture footage of anyone in the line of a police officer’s sight. An ACLU policy paper notes that body cameras can be a good thing— when accompanied by strong policies to address the privacy concerns. The paper points out several issues that must be considered in developing such policies.
Human Rights Watch files suit over bulk collection of telephone records
Wed 8 Apr 2015, 12:18

Human Rights Watch, a nonpartisan organization that fights human rights abuses across the globe, filed suit against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration late Tuesday for illegally collecting records of its telephone calls to certain foreign countries as part of yet another government bulk surveillance program.

Open letter for NOT locking down public WiFi
Tue 2 Jun 2015, 22:40

EFF together with a coalition of other organizations from both sides of the Atlantic have formulated an open letter presenting their views on why a result that threatens open wireless would be a serious loss to innovators, small businesses, travellers, emergency services and users at large. 

The main question point in CJEU case McFadden (C-484/14) is whether locking of open wireless networks would be a proportionate enforcement mechanism that advances the public interest. The case concerns a German shopkeeper whose free open wireless network was allegedly used to infringe copyright. In the preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Europe's highest court is asked whether an enforcement practice requiring open wireless networks to be locked is an acceptable one.

Germany's Federal Supreme Court in 2010 held that the private operator of a wireless network is obliged to use password protection in order to prevent abuse by third parties. If the CJEU affirms this finding, the effect could be to extend this bad precedent throughout Europe, grounding the open wireless movement across the continent. If on the other hand it rejects that finding, German law will allow thousands of hotspot operators to open up their networks again.

EFF annual report on government data requests
Fri 19 Jun 2015, 10:24

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released the annual “Who’s Got Your Back” report. For four years, EFF documented the practices of major Internet companies and service providers, judging their publicly available policies, and highlighting best practices. Over the course of the first four reports, EFF watched a transformation take place among the practices of major technology companies. Please see the major findings in the 2015 report here.

Download the complete Who Has Your Back? 2015: Protecting Your Data From Government Requests report as a PDF.

US court: copyright owners must consider fair use in online takedowns
Tue 15 Sep 2015, 10:29

A federal appeals court in San Francisco today affirmed that copyright holders must consider whether a use of material is fair before sending a takedown notice. The ruling came in Lenz v. Universal, often called the “dancing baby” lawsuit.

EFF Panopticlick version 2.0 launched
Thu 17 Dec 2015, 21:40

Today EFF is launching version 2.0 of their tracking and fingerprinting detection tool, Panopticlick. This version brings new tests to the existing tool, such as canvas and touch-capability fingerprinting, updating its ability to uniquely identify browsers with current techniques. In addition, they added a brand new suite of tests that detect how well your browser and extensions are protecting you from (1) tracking by ads; (2) from tracking by invisible beacons; and also (3) whether they encourage compliance with the Do Not Track policy, which EFF and a coalition of allies launched earlier this year.