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Deeplinks 02/21/2020 16:50
Transaction Saddles .ORG Registry With $360 Million In Debt. San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) Education Fund today called on ICANN and private equity firm Ethos Capital to make public secret details —hidden costs, loan servicing fees, and inducements to insiders—about financing the $1.1 billion sale of the .ORG domain registry.
Deeplinks 02/19/2020 19:58
Although the Ninth Circuit issued a last year in favor of digital privacy rights at the border, EFF filed an [PDF] in a new case urging the court to go a step further. The Ninth Circuit should finally hold that the Fourth Amendment requires a probable cause warrant for border searches of electronic devices. Our brief was filed in a case brought by Haisam Elsharkawi, a U.S. citizen who attempted to board a flight at Los Angeles International Airport to Saudi Arabia to attend a Muslim religious pilgrimage. Border agents removed him from the boarding line and began questioning him. Elsharkawi repeatedly asked for a lawyer and border agents took him to a holding cell and handcuffed him to a bench. They also searched his carry-on bag and person,
Deeplinks 02/19/2020 14:57
The California Advanced Services Fund (CASF), a program launched in 2008 to connect all Californians to high-speed Internet, was an early success. It helped and delivered high-speed access to areas that never had Internet. It funded , ensuring low income users had the same high-speed access that wealthy neighborhoods had. And it was rapidly closing the digital divide that low income urban and rural Californians faced, due to years of neglect from incumbent Internet Service Providers (ISPs). But CASF’s success inevitably led to its undoing—by drawing attention from lobbyists for AT&T, Frontier, and Comcast, who pushed through laws that effectively shut the program down. After all, if the government has evidence that it can effectively tackle.
Deeplinks 02/18/2020 19:54
Amazon’s surveillance doorbell company Ring has announced extra layers of security and control for users after a wave of backlash from civil liberties and cyber security organizations like. and. . Organizations raised major concerns over Ring’s lack of effort in protecting the data and security of users, including permitting. that allowed bad actors to take control of people’s Ring cameras; not requiring. ; and allowing a number of undisclosed. to harvest data from the Ring app. Ring’s. declared that the company is making two-factor authentication mandatory for users—meaning that when a person logs in to their Ring account, they will have to enter a code emailed or texted to them to verify that they are the person attempting to log in. After. on R.
Deeplinks 02/18/2020 14:49
The Virginia legislature is on the verge of a big step forward for free expression. In the coming days, legislators will have the opportunity to pass a bill that would push back against harassing lawsuits called SLAPPs, or Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. SLAPPs are lawsuits that are filed to bully or bankrupt activists, protesters, journalists, bloggers, or even online reviewers. The point of a SLAPP isn’t to resolve a legitimate legal dispute—instead, it seeks to leverage the financial and psychological pain of litigation against someone who has spoken out, and silence or diminish that person’s speech. Unfortunately, SLAPPs have been on the rise. And states without strong anti-SLAPP laws—like Virginia—are becoming a magnet.
Deeplinks 02/13/2020 18:03
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin the Trump administration’s plans for greater surveillance of cryptocurrency users during his testimony before the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday. He that cryptocurrency was a “crucial area” for the Treasury Department to examine, and said:. We are working with FinCEN and we will be rolling out new regulations to be very clear on greater transparency so that law enforcement can see where the money is going and that this isn’t used for money laundering. While we haven’t seen any draft proposals at this point, Mnuchin’s call for greater transparency—a euphemism for intrusive surveillance— definitely got our attention. One of the real risks of cryptocurrency is that it could become a technology of fi.
Deeplinks 02/12/2020 14:44
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is one of the most important laws affecting the Internet and technology. Without the DMCA’s safe harbors from crippling copyright liability, many of the services on which we rely, big and small, commercial and noncommercial, would not exist. That means Youtube, but also Wikipedia, Etsy, and your neighborhood blog. At the same time, the DMCA has encouraged private censorship and hampered privacy, security, and competition. The DMCA is 22 years old this year and the Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property is marking that occasion with a series of hearings reviewing the law and inviting ideas for “reform.” It launched this week with a hearing on “The Digital Millennium Copyright Act at 22: What
Deeplinks 02/11/2020 17:18
The further the "Right to be Forgotten" (RTBF) online progresses from its original creation by Europe's Court of Justice, the broader and more damaging its ramifications seem to be. The latest attempt to insert it. is a rushed proposal in Uruguay. T. he complaints of. show how unwise the Uruguayan proposal is. —. and how vexing efforts to adopt the right can quickly become. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) started the current rash of RTBF proposals in 2014 by. injecting the spirit of the "droit a l'oubli" laws of some of its member countries. into pre-existing, European Union-wide, data protection law. The court's decision in the case was aimed at Google’s search results, though it applied to all search engines, and required them
Deeplinks 02/10/2020 10:42
Senior Staff Attorney Mitch Stoltz on Panel at American University. Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and advocates for public interest organizations will participate tomorrow in an open discussion about a controversial plan by the nonprofit Internet Society to sell the .ORG domain registry to private equity firm Ethos Capital. EFF and hundreds of .ORGs oppose the $1.1 billion transaction, which threatens the privacy and free speech rights of thousands of groups.
Deeplinks 02/06/2020 23:30
Bruce Perens Faced a Lawsuit Over a Blog Post – EFF Helped Him Fight Back. San Francisco – An Open Source advocate and blogger criticizing a company, Open Source Security Inc. (OSS), has a defamation lawsuit after an appeals court found that the company’s accusations against the blogger were baseless. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) represented Bruce Perens, a founder of the Open Source movement, in this appeal.
Deeplinks 02/06/2020 09:08
Thanks to the adoption of a disastrous new Copyright Directive, the European Union is about to require its member states to pass laws requiring online service providers to ensure the unavailability of copyright-protected works. This will likely result in the use of copyright filters that automatically assess user-submitted audio, text, video and still images for potential infringement. The Directive does include certain safeguards to prevent the restriction of fundamental free expression rights, but national governments will need some way to evaluate whether the steps tech companies take to comply meet those standards. That evaluation must be both objective and balanced to protect the rights of users and copyright holders alike. Quick backg.
Deeplinks 02/05/2020 16:31
The is that Twitter has disclosed a failure to protect users' phone numbers, again. The good news is that Twitter users can take steps to protect themselves. Earlier this week, Twitter. it had discovered and shut down “a large network of fake accounts” that were uploading large numbers of phone numbers and using tools in Twitter’s API to match them to individual usernames. This type of activity can be used to build a reverse-lookup tool, to find the phone number associated with a given username. These tools in Twitter's API can only match phone numbers to Twitter accounts for those who 1) have “. ” turned on in their settings and 2) have a phone number associated with their account. If neither of those are true for you, then your account was
Deeplinks 02/05/2020 16:19
Twitter has publicly disclosed a security “incident” that points to long-standing problems with how the service handles phone numbers. Twitter. it had discovered and shut down “a large network of fake accounts” that were uploading large numbers of phone numbers and using tools in Twitter’s API to match them to individual usernames. This type of activity can be used to build a reverse-lookup tool, to find the phone number associated with a given username. It. at least one of those people uploading massive lists of phone numbers was a security researcher, whose findings. . Problems with tools that allow users to find accounts using the phone numbers associated with them are. at Twitter (or. , for that matter). And, given the way these features are.
Deeplinks 02/04/2020 13:31
Evan Greer is many things: A. , an activist for LGBTQ issues, the Deputy Director of. , and a true believer in the free and open internet. Evan is a longtime friend of EFF, and it was great to chat with her about the state of free expression, and what we should be doing to protect the internet for future activism. Among the many topics we discussed was the tension that often arises between justice-oriented work and free expression activism, and how policies that promote censorship—no matter how well-intentioned—have historically benefited the powerful and harmed vulnerable or marginalized communities. This is something that we think about a lot in our work at EFF. Whether we’re talking about. or those meant to. , it’s important that we look at
Deeplinks 02/04/2020 12:40
In a big win for free speech on the Internet, an EFF lawsuit has compelled the nation’s second-largest public university to stop censoring dissent on its social media. To settle our First Amendment case, Texas A&M University (TAMU) agreed to end its automatic and manual blocking of comments posted on its Facebook page by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) about the school’s dog labs. This legal victory is an important step forward in EFF’s nationwide campaign to end censorship in government-operated social media. Why We Fight Censorship in Government Social Media. Social media has changed the way people all over the world connect and communicate. As the U.S. Supreme Court explained in (2017): “While in the past there may have.
Deeplinks 01/31/2020 16:52
There’s a new and serious threat to both free speech and security online. Under a , the Attorney General could unilaterally dictate how online platforms and services must operate. If those companies don’t follow the Attorney General’s rules, they could be on the hook for millions of dollars in civil damages and even state criminal penalties. The bill, known as the , grants sweeping powers to the Executive Branch. It opens the door for the government to require new measures to screen users’ speech and even backdoors to read your private communications—a . Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have been quietly circulating a draft version of EARN IT. Congress must forcefully reject this dangerous bill before it is intro.
Deeplinks 01/31/2020 16:47
This week,. came out about. , the company we. about earlier that’s marketing a powerful facial recognition tool to law enforcement. These stories discuss some of the police departments around the country that have been secretly using Clearview’s technology, and they show, yet again, why we need strict federal, state, and local laws that ban—or at least press pause—on law enforcement use of face recognition. Clearview’s. allows law enforcement officers to upload a photo of an unidentified person to its database and see publicly-posted photos of that person along with links to where those photos were posted on the internet. This could allow the police to learn that person’s identity along with significant and highly personal information. Clearvie.
Deeplinks 01/31/2020 15:34
Computer security researchers and journalists play a critical role in uncovering flaws in software and information systems. Their research and reporting allows users to protect themselves, and vendors to repair their products before attackers can exploit security flaws. But all too often, corporations and governments try to silence reporters, and punish the people who expose these flaws to the public. This dynamic is in a court in India, where a company is seeking to block Indian readers from accessing journalism by the American security journalist known as . If it succeeds, more than a billion people in India would be blocked from reading Dissent Doe’s reporting. Here’s what happened: last summer, Dissent Doe discovered that an employee we.

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