Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance

Three Interactive Tools for Understanding Police Surveillance

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has three interactive tools that help you learn about the new technologies being deployed around the United States and how they impact you: the Atlas of Surveillance, Spot the Surveillance, and Who Has Your Face?.

Hundreds of Police Departments with Deadly Histories Partner with Amazon’s Ring Surveillance Cameras

Hundreds of Police Departments with Deadly Histories Partner with Amazon’s Ring Surveillance Cameras

San Francisco – Research by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) shows that hundreds of U.S. police departments with deadly histories have official partnerships with Amazon’s Ring—a home-surveillance company that makes it easy to send video footage to law enforcement.

EFF, ACLU File Lawsuit to Stop Los Angeles From Collecting Real-Time Tracking Data on Citizens’ Rental Scooters

EFF, ACLU File Lawsuit to Stop Los Angeles From Collecting Real-Time Tracking Data on Citizens’ Rental Scooters

Los Angeles—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today joined the ACLU of northern and southern California in filing a lawsuit against Los Angeles for collecting detailed trip data and real-time locations and routes of the electric scooters thousands of residents use each day.

Victory! EFF Wins Access to License Plate Reader Data to Study How Law Enforcement Uses the Privacy Invasive Technology

Victory! EFF Wins Access to License Plate Reader Data to Study How Law Enforcement Uses the Privacy Invasive Technology

San Francisco—Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) have reached an agreement with Los Angeles law enforcement agencies under which the police and sheriff’s departments will turn over license plate data they indiscriminately collected on millions of law-abiding drivers in Southern California.

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.

EFF and Mozilla to Venmo: Clean Up Your Privacy Settings

EFF and Mozilla to Venmo: Clean Up Your Privacy Settings

San Francisco – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Mozilla have teamed up in an open letter to Venmo, telling the popular payment app to clean up its privacy settings, which leaves sensitive financial data exposed to the public.

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Boston, Massachusetts—On Thursday, July 18, at 3:00 p.m., lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU will ask a federal judge to decide that the constitutional rights of 11 travelers were violated by the suspicionless, warrantless searches of their electronic devices at the border by the U.S. government.

EFF Sues AT&T, Data Aggregators For Giving Bounty Hunters and Other Third Parties Access to Customers’ Real-Time Locations

EFF Sues AT&T, Data Aggregators For Giving Bounty Hunters and Other Third Parties Access to Customers’ Real-Time Locations

SAN FRANCISCO — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP filed a class action lawsuit today on behalf of AT&T customers in California to stop the telecom giant and two data location aggregators from allowing numerous entities—including bounty hunters, car dealerships, landlords, and stalkers—to access wireless customers’ real-time locations without authorization.

Media Briefing Monday: EFF and Partners Will Discuss California Bills Aimed at Weakening State’s Consumer Privacy Law

Media Briefing Monday: EFF and Partners Will Discuss California Bills Aimed at Weakening State’s Consumer Privacy Law

San Francisco—On Monday, June 8, at 11 am, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the ACLU, Common Sense Media, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and Consumer Reports will hold a conference call to brief reporters about five bills designed to weaken consumer privacy protections that are set for hearing in the California Senate.

Watchdog group Electronic Frontier Foundation warns people of the dangers of using Slack, the popular work chat app now worth $18 billion

Watchdog group Electronic Frontier Foundation warns people of the dangers of using Slack, the popular work chat app now worth $18 billion

Slack's privacy page explains that with all plans, paid or free, "the default message and file retention setting is to keep everything for as long as the workspace exists.".

I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy

I’m a Journalist but I Didn’t Fully Realize the Terrible Power of U.S. Border Officials Until They Violated My Rights and Privacy

Sophia Cope, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has sued CBP over its warrantless device searches, told me that the agency “has for sure said no” as to whether there is a right to counsel during secondary screening.

Redditor allowed to stay anonymous, court rules

Redditor allowed to stay anonymous, court rules

The Electronic Frontier Foundation fought on behalf of Reddit commenter Darkspilver, a Jehovah's Witness who posted public and internal documents from The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society online.

The Dumb Truth About Google's Privacy Push

The Dumb Truth About Google's Privacy Push

“That’s all well and good, but if it’s something buried in the settings then only the most privacy-conscious people are ever going to use it,” Bennett Cyphers, an engineer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said of Google’s efforts to limit cookie tracking.

Media Alert: Court Hearing Wednesday on Law Enforcement Retention of DNA Profiles from Innocent Californians

Media Alert: Court Hearing Wednesday on Law Enforcement Retention of DNA Profiles from Innocent Californians

San Francisco – At 9:30 am on Wednesday, May 1, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Law Office of Michael T. They filed the suit against the state of California to challenge its retention of genetic profiles from people arrested but never convicted of any crime.

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.

California Attorney General Must Investigate Improper Database Searches on Community Observers at Controversial Police Event

California Attorney General Must Investigate Improper Database Searches on Community Observers at Controversial Police Event

On April 12, Media Alliance and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a request for investigation into possible misuse of the CLETS database and a request that the agency cease all similar background checks on journalists and advocates engaged in oversight roles.

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.

EFF Submits Consumer Data Privacy Comment to the California Attorney General

EFF Submits Consumer Data Privacy Comment to the California Attorney General

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed comments on two issues: first, how to verify consumer requests to companies for access to personal information, and for deletion of that information; and second, how to make the process of opting out of the sale of data easy, using the framework already in place for the Do Not Track (DNT) system.

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.

Surveillance firm asks Mozilla to be included in Firefox's certificate whitelist

Surveillance firm asks Mozilla to be included in Firefox's certificate whitelist

On one side Mozilla is pressured by organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Amnesty International, and The Intercept to decline DarkMatter's request, while on the other side DarkMatter claims it never abused its TLS certificate issuance powers for anything bad, hence there's no reason to treat it any differently from other CAs that have applied in the past.

Tech giants and civil liberty groups call out ghost cops and source code demands under Australian encryption laws

Tech giants and civil liberty groups call out ghost cops and source code demands under Australian encryption laws

A collective of companies and civil liberty groups including Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Privacy International, Linux Australia, and the Electronics Frontier Foundation have issued a warning that requirements to silently add law enforcement into encryption chats could introduce vulnerabilities and create new risks to systems.

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.

In just two years, 9,000 of these cameras were installed to spy on your car

In just two years, 9,000 of these cameras were installed to spy on your car

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based digital privacy nonprofit, has described the technology as “a form of mass surveillance .” Now, a new generation of tech firms has made it possible for private citizens to use the devices, known as automatic license plate readers, or ALPRs—without the strict oversight that governs this type of data collection by law enforcement.

Facebook just hired a handful of its toughest privacy critics

Facebook just hired a handful of its toughest privacy critics

On Tuesday, Facebook acknowledged that it had hired three veteran privacy law activists, including Nate Cardozo , an attorney formerly of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who has been very publicly critical of the company in recent years.

Celebrate Data Privacy Day with most advanced privacy softwares

Celebrate Data Privacy Day with most advanced privacy softwares

Privacy extensions These are the few extensions that I would recommend having in order to increase your privacy online: Privacy badger — It’s a free and open-source browser extensions created by Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Did Australia Poke a Hole in Your Phone’s Security?

Did Australia Poke a Hole in Your Phone’s Security?

“Once WhatsApp, for example, builds a system at the behest of the Australians, everyone gets to use it,” said Nate Cardozo, the senior information security counsel on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s legal team, who has studied the new law.

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.

EFF Sues San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to Obtain Records About Use of Privacy Invasive Cell-Site Simulators

EFF Sues San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to Obtain Records About Use of Privacy Invasive Cell-Site Simulators

San Bernardino, California—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department today to gain access to records about search warrants where cell-site simulators, devices that allow police to locate and track people by tricking their cell phones into a connection, were authorized in criminal investigations.

Latest Privacy Badger eliminates some Google tracking

Latest Privacy Badger eliminates some Google tracking

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released a new version of the organization's Privacy Badger extension that is designed to improve user privacy while using desktop browsers it supports. The new Privacy Badger takes care of link tracking on these three Google properties automatically.

Privacy advocates in court fighting an uphill battle against NSA surveillance

Privacy advocates in court fighting an uphill battle against NSA surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with private attorneys, are trying to convince a powerful federal appeals court that the program is unconstitutional, violating people's Fourth Amendment rights because it allows the government to access millions of Americans' communications without a warrant.