Austria draft law would require real names for internet comments

Austria draft law would require real names for internet comments

There's even a potential conflict of interest -- the law might protect the ruling party's junior partner in government, the populist Freedom Party, from having to curb hate speech on its sites.

The Best and Worst Companies for Defending Your Data Privacy

The Best and Worst Companies for Defending Your Data Privacy

Each year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation digital rights group releases a report outlining which major tech companies “have your back.” The study evaluates whether companies follow data privacy standards, tell users about government data requests, promise not to sell user data, resist National Security Letter gag orders and reject internet surveillance.

EFF’s New ‘Threat Lab’ Dives Deep into Surveillance Technologies—And Their Use and Abuse

EFF’s New ‘Threat Lab’ Dives Deep into Surveillance Technologies—And Their Use and Abuse

EFF is proud to announce its newest investigative team: the Threat Lab. Using a combination of research skills, the Threat Lab will take a deep dive into how surveillance technologies are used to target communities, activists, or individuals.

EFF Backs Redditor in Fight to Stay Anonymous

EFF Backs Redditor in Fight to Stay Anonymous

San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is representing an anonymous Reddit commenter who is facing an abusive copyright claim from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, a group that publishes doctrines for Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Most Companies Aren't Ready for California's Tough New Privacy Law

Most Companies Aren't Ready for California's Tough New Privacy Law

About half of the professionals surveyed currently fall under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, a set of new privacy laws that went into effect in May. Of those professionals, half of them say their GDPR programs are helping them plan for California’s new rules.

Opinion | Zuckerberg’s So-Called Shift Toward Privacy

Opinion | Zuckerberg’s So-Called Shift Toward Privacy

Here are four pressing questions about privacy that Mr. Zuckerberg conspicuously did not address: Will Facebook stop collecting data about people’s browsing behavior, which it does extensively?

Windows 10 Shouldn’t Upload Encryption Keys to Microsoft, Privacy Watchdog Says

Windows 10 Shouldn’t Upload Encryption Keys to Microsoft, Privacy Watchdog Says

Microsoft is one of the giants that can further improve how user security is handled, as the EFF says that Windows 10 should actually allow customers who install the Home version of the operating system to keep the disk encryption keys to themselves.

EFF Supporting California’s Privacy For All Bill, Which Puts People, Not Tech Companies, in Control of Personal Data

EFF Supporting California’s Privacy For All Bill, Which Puts People, Not Tech Companies, in Control of Personal Data

San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is standing with Californians demanding more control over their personal data by supporting the Privacy For All bill, which requires tech companies to get their permission to share and use private information.

Why Does Mozilla Maintain Our Own Root Certificate Store?

Why Does Mozilla Maintain Our Own Root Certificate Store?

However, relying on our own root store allows us to provide a consistent experience across OS platforms because we can guarantee that the exact same set of trust anchors is available to Firefox.

Hearing Wednesday: EFF Asks Court to Unseal Phone Tap Order That Was Among Hundreds of Questionable Wiretaps Approved By California Court

Hearing Wednesday: EFF Asks Court to Unseal Phone Tap Order That Was Among Hundreds of Questionable Wiretaps Approved By California Court

Riverside, California—On Wednesday, February 13, at 10:00 am, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will ask a state court to unseal a wiretap order issued against individuals with no criminal records to learn why the phones were tapped and whether the warrant authorization process was legitimate.

Microsoft: It would be cruel to stop government agencies using facial recognition software

Microsoft: It would be cruel to stop government agencies using facial recognition software

"A sweeping ban on all government use clearly goes too far and risks being cruel in its humanitarian effect." Read more : Amazon investors are cranking up the pressure on Jeff Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to government agencies Smith referenced the fact that the National Human Genome Research Institute is using facial recognition to improve the diagnosis of DiGeorge syndrome , a rare, genetic disease, in Africans, Asians, and Latin Americans.

A Surveillance Wall Is Not a Good Alternative to a Concrete Wall

A Surveillance Wall Is Not a Good Alternative to a Concrete Wall

However, any bill Congress considers related to border security should avoid–at minimum–invasive surveillance technologies like biometric screening and collection, DNA collection, social media snooping, unregulated drones along the border, and automatic license plate readers aimed at interior traffic.

Rosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists

Rosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists

Justice then took special steps to delay notifying me for months, a delay that allowed Mueller’s nomination as FBI director to be confirmed by the Senate before lawmakers could learn of the intrusion on my First Amendment-protected reporting.

Vietnam accuses Facebook of violating new cybersecurity law

Vietnam accuses Facebook of violating new cybersecurity law

According to a Business Times report, the Vietnamese government has accused of violating its new cybersecurity law by allowing users to share anti-government posts on Facebook, the first reprimand since the legislation took effect on Jan 1.

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

While he couldn't guarantee that effort making it into the next release, "It is our hope to make encrypting Email and ensuring your private communication easier in upcoming releases." Thunderbird's look – the subject of a design consultation last year – will be supported by a dedicated UX staffer.

Facebook blasted by privacy advocates, lawmakers over data-sharing agreements

Facebook blasted by privacy advocates, lawmakers over data-sharing agreements

The world's largest social network is reeling from a massive New York Times investigation that examined more than 150 agreements Facebook had with partners including Apple, Netflix, Spotify and Amazon, to allow the companies to access users' names, contact information and private messages.

Hearing Thursday: EFF Asks Court to Require FBI Disclosure of National Security Letter Recipients Who've Been Released From Gag Orders

Hearing Thursday: EFF Asks Court to Require FBI Disclosure of National Security Letter Recipients Who've Been Released From Gag Orders

San Francisco, California—On Thursday, December 20, at 10 am, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge a federal judge to order the FBI to release the names of national security letter (NSLs) recipients that are no longer under a bureau gag order blocking them from speaking out.

Deleting Your Data, Reclaiming Your Online Privacy, and Wishful Thinking

Deleting Your Data, Reclaiming Your Online Privacy, and Wishful Thinking

Deleting Your Data, Reclaiming Your Online Privacy, and Wishful Thinking In both cases, personal data collection and tracking practices performed by all digital conglomerates will get in the way of winning your privacy back.

Cambridge City Council passes surveillance oversight ordinance in unanimous vote

Cambridge City Council passes surveillance oversight ordinance in unanimous vote

Last night, the Cambridge City Council unanimously voted to approve an ordinance requiring community control over police surveillance. The passage of the ordinance last night was the culmination of over two years of work by the ACLU, Cambridge residents, the City, and members of the City Council.

Google employees: We no longer believe the company places values over profits

Google employees: We no longer believe the company places values over profits

Project Dragonfly has drawn criticism from human rights groups and U.S. politicians since The Intercept first reported details about the internal effort this summer, and in August, thousands of Google employees signed a letter saying that it raised "urgent moral and ethical issues." Google CEO Sundar Pichai responded by saying publicly that the company is "very early" in its plans but that its experiments found that it could "serve well over 99 percent" of search queries in China.

Opinion | Do You Have a Moral Duty to Leave Facebook?

Opinion | Do You Have a Moral Duty to Leave Facebook?

But such an action could also be wrong because we might be failing to participate in a collective action (that is, leaving Facebook) that would prevent the deterioration of democracy.

Data Driven: Explore how cops are collecting and sharing our travel patterns using automated license plate readers

Data Driven: Explore how cops are collecting and sharing our travel patterns using automated license plate readers

EFF and MuckRock are releasing ALPR records obtained from 200 law enforcement agencies, accounting for more than 2.5 -billion license plate scans in 2016 and 2017 Today we are releasing records obtained from 200 agencies, accounting for more than 2.5 -billion license plate scans in 2016 and 2017.

MHP introduces monitoring of employees' emotions

MHP introduces monitoring of employees' emotions

Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP), a large agricultural holding in Ukraine, with the purpose of boosting labor effectiveness introduced monitoring of employee's emotions, MHP Board Chairman Yuriy Kosiuk said at the fifth Conductors of Changes forum held in Kyiv on November 13.

Fake fingerprints can imitate real ones in biometric systems – research

Fake fingerprints can imitate real ones in biometric systems – research

Based on those insights, the researchers used a common machine learning technique, called a generative adversarial network, to artificially create new fingerprints that matched as many partial fingerprints as possible.

Google’s “Smart City of Surveillance” Faces New Resistance in Toronto

Google’s “Smart City of Surveillance” Faces New Resistance in Toronto

The group represents the latest and largest effort by Torontonians to start having the kinds of public conversations, teach-ins, and debates that should have “taken place last year, when this project was first announced,” according to Bianca Wylie, co-founder of Tech Reset Canada and one of the lead organizers of the opposition to Sidewalk Toronto.

Exclusive: This Huge Hospital System Is Offering Its 30,000 Workers Free Genetic Tests

Exclusive: This Huge Hospital System Is Offering Its 30,000 Workers Free Genetic Tests

Klasko and the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Karen Knudsen, enterprise director of the NCI-Designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, spoke with me about initiative and its goal of promoting personalized treatment for employees—as well as what sets it apart from increasingly popular at-home DNA testing services like 23andMe.

EFF, Human Rights Watch, and Over 70 Civil Society Groups Ask Mark Zuckerberg to Provide All Users with Mechanism to Appeal Content Censorship on Facebook

EFF, Human Rights Watch, and Over 70 Civil Society Groups Ask Mark Zuckerberg to Provide All Users with Mechanism to Appeal Content Censorship on Facebook

EFF, Article 19, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Ranking Digital Rights wrote directly to Mark Zuckerberg today demanding that Facebook implement common sense standards so that average users can easily appeal content moderation decisions, receive prompt replies and timely review by a human or humans, and have the opportunity to present evidence during the review process.

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

Snowden’s signed declaration, filed on October 31, confirms that one of the documents he leaked, which the EFF relied heavily on for its case, is an authentic draft document written by the then-NSA inspector general in 2009, which exposed concerns about the legality of the Bush’s warrantless surveillance program — Stellar Wind — particularly the collection of bulk email records on Americans.

Prison time, hefty fines for data privacy violations: draft U.S. Senate bill

Prison time, hefty fines for data privacy violations: draft U.S. Senate bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Democratic U.S. senator on Thursday unveiled draft legislation that would allow hefty fines and as much as 20-year prison terms for executives who violate privacy and cybersecurity standards.

EFF Sues California Law Enforcement Agency For Refusing To Hand Over Stingray Documents

EFF Sues California Law Enforcement Agency For Refusing To Hand Over Stingray Documents

In an attempt to learn about Defendants’ use of these devices, EFF sent a request for records relating to six cell site simulator warrants that precisely identified each warrant using the information on the Department of Justice’s OpenJustice website, including the date range of the authorized search, the nature of the investigation, the items to be searched for, and the exact date and time Defendants electronically provided information about them to the Department of Justice.

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