Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

Does the Country a Service is Headquartered in Matter?

As such, a lot of people in the privacy community prefer to pick services that are run by companies that are based outside of the various Eyes communities.

Urbit is for Communities

Urbit is for Communities

When I think of the places in the physical world where people seem to feel the most at home, they’re places that have evolved over long periods of time and are owned by the communities that inhabit them.

A U.S. government contractor embedded tracking software in the apps of millions of smartphone users

A U.S. government contractor embedded tracking software in the apps of millions of smartphone users

According to the report: A small U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities has embedded its software in numerous mobile apps, allowing it to track the movements of hundreds of millions of mobile phones world-wide, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Immunity passport

Immunity passport

Over the years, PI and our global network of partners have documented and challenged the growing push towards identity systems around the world - leading to some of the world’s largest biometric databases, as well as other technologies that can be used to track and profile individuals and communities.

New anti-encryption bill worse than EARN IT. Act now to stop both.

New anti-encryption bill worse than EARN IT. Act now to stop both.

Outline of the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act. Senators Graham, Blackburn, and Cotton call the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act (press release): "a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior".

Graham, Cotton, Blackburn Introduce Balanced Solution to Bolster National Security, End Use of Warrant-Proof Encryption that Shields Criminal Activity

Graham, Cotton, Blackburn Introduce Balanced Solution to Bolster National Security, End Use of Warrant-Proof Encryption that Shields Criminal Activity

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) today introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior.

Political groups use “deeply spooky” protester location data, report finds

Political groups use “deeply spooky” protester location data, report finds

It's no secret that police and other law enforcement agencies have a history of using mobile phone location and other data to target or investigate individuals, and the wave of mass protests in support of black communities and against police brutality this month has provided a rich data trove for them to probe.

The Privacy Perils of Contact Tracing in Libraries

The Privacy Perils of Contact Tracing in Libraries

Yet, as communities struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries are faced with requests or demands to institute contact tracing, monitoring who comes into the library and restricting access to those who don’t provide their personal information.

The long, ugly history of how police have tracked protesters

The long, ugly history of how police have tracked protesters

American police have used technology to combat dissent—especially dissent by communities of color—since before there was a United States of America.Empowered by wiretaps, eavesdropping bugs, and then-cutting-edge recording devices, it became routine for police to monitor those who would dare to dissent.

Scraping Court Records Data to Find Dirty Cops

Scraping Court Records Data to Find Dirty Cops

Below, we’ve provided a detailed breakdown of what this potential reality could look like when applied to one South Florida county’s public databases, along with information on how citizens and communities can use public data to better understand the behaviors of local law enforcement and even individual police officers.

Street-Level Surveillance

Street-Level Surveillance

EFF’s “Street-Level Surveillance” project shines light on the advanced surveillance technologies that law enforcement agencies routinely deploy in our communities.Every day, the threats to our rights expand as police use surveillance technologies to compile enormous databases filled with our personal information.

Mashio.NET - Matthew Walther

Mashio.NET - Matthew Walther

Providers like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft can, and have, cut people off from the data and services that they rely on to run their lives, businesses, and communities.

Update on free software and telemetry (Updated October 24th, 2019)

Update on free software and telemetry (Updated October 24th, 2019)

On the other hand, we want to make sure that users who prefer using only free software can have a positive GitLab experience, as open source communities are important to GitLab. To make GitLab better faster, we need more data on how users are using GitLab. SaaS telemetry products, which provide analytics on user behavior inside web-based applications, have come a long way in the past few years.

EFF Challenges Ring Spokesperson Shaq Over Privacy Concerns

EFF Challenges Ring Spokesperson Shaq Over Privacy Concerns

Instead, we’re challenging Shaq to a one-on-one: not on the basketball court, but across the table, so we can discuss with him how the ubiquitous surveillance facilitated by Ring and its privacy-invasive partnerships with police can harm communities.

Neighbors are using these smart cameras to track strangers’ cars — and yours

Neighbors are using these smart cameras to track strangers’ cars — and yours

Residents of the neighborhood had pooled their money to rent these cameras, and the software behind them, from Flock Safety — an Atlanta-based company that has found clients for its automatic license plate readers in safety-conscious communities, homeowners’ associations and local police departments across 30 states.

New Report Finds Border Communities Inundated with Surveillance Technologies

New Report Finds Border Communities Inundated with Surveillance Technologies

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today published “The Atlas of Surveillance: Southwestern Border Communities,” the first report from a new research partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism.

Confirmed: Google's Android Suffers Sustained Attacks By Anti-Uighur Hackers

Confirmed: Google's Android Suffers Sustained Attacks By Anti-Uighur Hackers

NurPhoto via Getty ImagesJust a day after Forbes reported that Google and Microsoft operating systems were under assault by the same hackers who tried to pilfer private data from Apple iPhones of Uighur citizens, it's been confirmed that Androids of the target Muslim communities have been under heavy attack.

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

"These leaks about a potential Executive Order from the White House are troubling on many levels, from the order's potential to violate the First Amendment, to its apparent disregard for the independence of agencies like the FCC and the FTC, to its intent to unilaterally limit Section 230 which promotes moderated online communities free of hate speech and misinformation," said Chris Lewis, president and CEO of Public Knowledge.

An Open Letter to Amazon Shareholders

An Open Letter to Amazon Shareholders

A unified chorus of civil rights organizations, AI experts, customers, Amazon employees, academics, impacted communities, and members of Congress has warned about the dangers of government face surveillance and the company’s product, Rekognition.

WikiLeaks

WikiLeaks

Across the world, mass surveillance contractors are helping intelligence agencies spy on individuals and ‘communities of interest’ on an industrial scale.

The genius move behind Facebook groups: Mining users for more valuable data

The genius move behind Facebook groups: Mining users for more valuable data

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, , “Now we’re focused on building the digital equivalent of the living room, where you can interact in all the ways you’d want privately — from messaging and stories to secure payments and more.” He added, “We’ve redesigned Facebook to make communities as central as friends.

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.

International Women's Day

International Women's Day

On this International Women’s Day, we would like to share some ways in which Tor is useful for women in particular: There are many sister collectives and organizations in the Internet Freedom community who are doing amazing work supporting women in their local communities and teaching them all about Tor and other digital security tools.

Governments Must Face the Facts about Face Surveillance, and Stop Using It

Governments Must Face the Facts about Face Surveillance, and Stop Using It

EFF supports legislative efforts in Washington and Massachusetts to place a moratorium on government use of face surveillance technology. The moratoriums would stay in place, unless lawmakers determined these technologies do not have a racial disparate impact, after hearing directly from minority communities about the unfair impact face surveillance has on vulnerable people.

Hidden Services And At-Risk Communities

Hidden Services And At-Risk Communities

While some at-risk communities, like criminals are going to always be considered harmful to society regardless of the social context, others like ethnic minorities are not as clear-cut.

We need to own our data as a human right—and be compensated for it

We need to own our data as a human right—and be compensated for it

They will become the most valuable companies in the world by providing beneficial new uses of data and AI for people, based on a combination of trust, services that improve one’s life and the involvement of communities.

San Diego’s Smart Streetlights Yield a Firehose of Data

San Diego’s Smart Streetlights Yield a Firehose of Data

This data is only just starting to feed into the way the city designs and manages traffic flows, and any consumer applications remain far in the future, says Erik Caldwell , the city of San Diego’s interim deputy chief operating officer for smart and sustainable communities.

The Man Making Art From Government Surveillance

The Man Making Art From Government Surveillance

He wrote about booking hotel rooms in Las Vegas to photograph airplanes bringing people to and from work at secret military bases; about learning how to track secret satellites in the sky from online amateur communities; about climbing mountains and ridges with telescopes to see what military installations look like.

Necuno Mobile: An open phone with Plasma Mobile

Necuno Mobile: An open phone with Plasma Mobile

Necuno Solutions is working with open source mobile communities and intends to make their hardware a welcoming platform for Free and open source operating systems in the mobile ecosystem.

The Citizen Lab Receives Response from National Energy Board Concerning “Security Threat Monitoring Services”

The Citizen Lab Receives Response from National Energy Board Concerning “Security Threat Monitoring Services”

Director Ron Deibert, on behalf of the Citizen Lab, sent a letter raising numerous questions and serious human rights concerns with the NEB’s proposed initiative, which appeared poised to target environmental activists and Indigenous communities, particularly in light of protests and political tensions surrounding the Trans Mountain Pipeline (federal approval of which was recently quashed by the Federal Court of Appeal) and similar energy sector projects in Canada.

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