DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

In one of the documents, the department proposed that Congress grant the attorney general power to ask the chief judge of any district court to pause court proceedings “whenever the district court is fully or partially closed by virtue of any natural disaster, civil disobedience, or other emergency situation.”.

Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?

Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising?

Republican senator Orrin Hatch, then 84 years old, asked how Facebook could make any money by offering a free service.Above all, they’ve tried to browbeat the companies into adopting better policies around things like fact-checking, content moderation, and political ads.

Domestic phone surveillance program from the Patriot Act may finally see the grave

Domestic phone surveillance program from the Patriot Act may finally see the grave

As a result, key members in the House and Senate are now opposing reauthorization of the phone records surveillance – though they are still planning to reauthorize other parts of the surveillance act.

After blowing $100m to snoop on Americans' phone call logs for four years, what did the NSA get? Just one lead

After blowing $100m to snoop on Americans' phone call logs for four years, what did the NSA get? Just one lead

The controversial surveillance program that gave the NSA access to the phone call records of millions of Americans has cost US taxpayers $100m – and resulted in just one useful lead over four years.

Congress, Not the Attorney General, Should Decide the Future of Encryption

Congress, Not the Attorney General, Should Decide the Future of Encryption

The EARN IT Act puts that question front and center by giving the attorney general the ultimate say in setting the “best practices” that will give Section 230 immunity for child exploitation suits.

U.K. Police Will Soon be able to Search Through U.S. Data Without Asking a Judge

U.K. Police Will Soon be able to Search Through U.S. Data Without Asking a Judge

If it isn’t stopped, the worst parts of this deal will likely come standard on future agreements, and Americans will be subject to more and more searches by foreign police.TELL CONGRESS TO STOP THE U.S.-U.K. CLOUD ACT DEAL.

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

EFF Report Shows FBI Is Failing to Address First Amendment Harms Caused By National Security Letters

Today, EFF is publishing “The Failed Fix to NSL Gag Orders,” a new report based on an in-depth analysis of records EFF obtained after we won a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit earlier this year.

Facial recognition protesters put smartphones on their heads to scan the faces of 13,000 Washington DC inhabitants

Facial recognition protesters put smartphones on their heads to scan the faces of 13,000 Washington DC inhabitants

Three activists wandered around busy spots in Washington DC on Thursday using cameraphones to run people's faces through facial recognition software in protest against growing use of the technology.Protesters against facial recognition donned white hazmat suits and cameras to collect face scans of more than 13,000 people.

Priyanka Gandhi was warned by WhatsApp, says Congress

Priyanka Gandhi was warned by WhatsApp, says Congress

The Congress on Sunday claimed that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had received a text message from WhatsApp alerting her to a possible privacy breach about a month ago, as did others whose phones were similarly hacked with the Pegasus spyware from the Israel-based technology and cyber intelligence firm, NSO Group.“When WhatsApp sent out messages to all hacked phones, one such message was sent to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s mobile phone too.

More than 10,000 people call on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance empire

More than 10,000 people call on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance empire

Digital rights group Fight for the Future has launched a new campaign calling on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance-based business practices, and the rapidly spreading partnerships between it’s doorbell camera company, Ring and local law enforcement.

Google to implement encrypted DNS, but ISPs want Congress to block it

Google to implement encrypted DNS, but ISPs want Congress to block it

On September 19, a coalition of ISPs sent a letter to Congress voicing concerns that the protocol would centralize Google as the primary DNS lookup provider, virtually shutting out competition.

Remember the FBI's promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US citizens? Well, guess what…

Remember the FBI's promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US citizens? Well, guess what…

Even though the program in question – Section 702 – is specifically designed only to be used for US government agencies to be allowed to search for evidence of foreign intelligence threats, the FBI gave itself carte blanche to search the same database for US citizens by stringing together a series of ridiculous legal justifications about data being captured “incidentally” and subsequent queries of that data not requiring a warrant because it had already been gathered.

EPIC - EPIC Challenges Closed Door Meetings of US AI Commission

EPIC - EPIC Challenges Closed Door Meetings of US AI Commission

EPIC has filed an open government lawsuit against the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, following the Commission’s repeated failure to make its records and meetings open to the public.EPIC filed multiple requests for access to Commission meetings and records.

A Nevada Law That Fines Companies for Selling Private Data Is About to Go Into Effect

A Nevada Law That Fines Companies for Selling Private Data Is About to Go Into Effect

A privacy bill, signed into law this May, requires website operators to respond to requests from consumers and halt the sale of their personal information within 60 days—or potentially face strict fines.

Don't Renew Section 215 Indefinitely

Don't Renew Section 215 Indefinitely

That’s despite earlier reports the NSA had shuttered its Call Details Record (CDR) Program because it ran afoul of the law, violated the privacy of scores of Americans, and reportedly failed to produce useful intelligence.

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

Alarm as Trump Requests Permanent Reauthorization of NSA Mass Spying Program Exposed by Snowden

The administration claimed in its letter to Congress—which was signed by outgoing National Intelligence chief Dan Coats—that the NSA has suspended the spying program, but Free Press Action government relations director Sandra Fulton said in a statement that this "should give little comfort to those whose privacy rights are routinely violated by authorities.".

Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Trump administration reportedly wants to extend NSA phone surveillance program

Getty Images The Trump administration has reportedly asked Congress to permanently reauthorize all provisions of the USA Freedom Act, including a controversial National Security Agency program that collects and analyzes records on millions of Americans' calls and texts in an attempt to thwart terrorists.

Tell Rep. Adam Schiff to remove this dangerous secrecy provision from this year’s intelligence bill

Tell Rep. Adam Schiff to remove this dangerous secrecy provision from this year’s intelligence bill

As Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press explained, “if the changes advocated by the CIA are adopted, the law would indefinitely criminalize the disclosure of the identity of anyone with a classified relationship to an intelligence agency regardless of whether they have ever served abroad.”.

Photo ID is Obsolete and Unnecessary. Facial Recognition Technology Makes it Dangerous.

Photo ID is Obsolete and Unnecessary. Facial Recognition Technology Makes it Dangerous.

Citing documents gathered by Georgetown Law researchers, the Post reports that at least two federal agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have — for years — mined state photo ID databases to populate their own facial recognition databases.

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

"Given the company's troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a crypto-currency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action," said Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Opinion | I’m a Judge. Here’s How Surveillance Is Challenging Our Legal System.

Opinion | I’m a Judge. Here’s How Surveillance Is Challenging Our Legal System.

Giving these independent lawyers the information they need to argue about the legality of novel law enforcement requests, as well as the right to appeal, would at least provide for a more balanced assessment of new surveillance technologies and a quicker way for questions about them to be decided on a national basis.

The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database

The FBI Has Access to Over 640 Million Photos of Us Through Its Facial Recognition Database

At a House Oversight Committee hearing this week with an FBI witness, we learned new details that further confirm our fears that the FBI’s face recognition apparatus continues to balloon, threatening our fundamental liberties.

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democrats Need to Tame the Facebook Monster They Helped Create

Democratic leaders Frank Pallone and Jan Schakowksy did an oversight review of Facebook’s regulator, the Federal Trade Commission, with all five commissioners, including Chairman Joe Simons, advancing ideas on how to address privacy rules in America today.

Broad Coalition Tells Congress To Bring Back The Office Of Technology Assessment

Broad Coalition Tells Congress To Bring Back The Office Of Technology Assessment

Accordingly, we urge you to prioritize efforts to augment this institutional capacity, including providing funding for the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), as part of the fiscal year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.

NSA recommends dropping controversial mass surveillance program

NSA recommends dropping controversial mass surveillance program

closeVideoThe National Security Agency has recommended that the White House abandon a controversial surveillance program that collects vast amounts of information about Americans' phone calls and text messages, claiming the legal and logistical burdens of maintaining it outweigh its benefits to the intelligence community.

'Unjustified and Unnecessary': DHS Could Use Facial Recognition on 97% of Departing Airline Passengers

'Unjustified and Unnecessary': DHS Could Use Facial Recognition on 97% of Departing Airline Passengers

"It means the government, without consulting the public, a requirement by Congress, or consent from any individual, is using facial recognition to create a digital ID of millions of Americans," Scott said.

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

In 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to reform Section 215 and prohibit the nationwide bulk collection of communications metadata, like who we make calls to and receive them from, when, and the call duration.

Google Exec Finally Admits to Congress That They're Tracking Us Even with 'Location' Turned Off

Google Exec Finally Admits to Congress That They're Tracking Us Even with 'Location' Turned Off

"So the consumer cannot meaningfully opt out," Hawley shot back, reiterating the fact that the phone is still communicating and sending information to Google even when the phone is not in use and Location Services are turned off.

Patriot Act renewal gives privacy advocates an opening

Patriot Act renewal gives privacy advocates an opening

Thirty-nine groups have signed on to a recent letter to Congress asking lawmakers to consider limiting large-scale collection of data by the NSA, saying the 2015 USA Freedom Act has not achieved its goal of preventing bulk surveillance.

Congress Has a Chance to Finally End the NSA’s Mass Telephone Records Program

Congress Has a Chance to Finally End the NSA’s Mass Telephone Records Program

Coincidentally, EFF had organized a briefing of congressional staff the day after the Times report on the controversial surveillance law used to conduct telephone record surveillance: Section 215 of the Patriot Act. As we told Congress, it is long past time to end the telephone records program for good.