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Proposed Internet Legislation In Iraq and Lebanon Concerns Free Speech Advocacy Groups

Proposed legislation on the table in both Iraq and Lebanon has free speech and human rights watch groups on alert. The proposed laws — which deals with press freedom and online publishing — could use draconian methods and punishments to …

Former Google Engineer Created Disconnect.me To Counter Browser Tracking Former Google Engineer Created Disconnect.me To Counter Browser Tracking

You might not realize just how many companies are collecting data about your online activity, nor just how much data they’re actually collecting. You might also not realize that this data is increasingly linked to the personal information you provide …

EFF Endorses FTC’s Final Privacy Report EFF Endorses FTC’s Final Privacy Report

The Electronic Frontier Foundation approved of the Federal Trade Commission’s final report on digital consumer privacy yesterday, although the privacy advocate did express some caution in giving the report its wholesale endorsement. The EFF supported the FTC’s recommendation of the …

Electronic Frontier Foundation Action Alert Warns Against Videogame Labeling

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) this week issued an “action alert” opposing a proposed bill making its way through congress that would slap warnings on videogame packaging. The warning would be similar to those on cigarette packages, reading: “WARNING: Exposure …

YouTube Decoy Targets Syrian Activists With Malware YouTube Decoy Targets Syrian Activists With Malware
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Syrian activists, beware: in addition to avoiding arrest and murder, now the Syrian government is trying to attack activists with a fake YouTube site that’s infecting Windows machines with malware. The YouTube decoy attempted to get Syrian activists to visit …

SXSW 2012 Agenda For Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation team will be at SXSW 2012, of course. They have announced the panels their members will be appearing on at the Austin festival this weekend. From the EFF blog: EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry will …

How Patents Hinder Technology & Impair Innovation How Patents Hinder Technology & Impair Innovation

The concept of patents have noble intentions, but like all good intentions it travels a fast and fiery road southbound. Look at the state of the patent turf wars lately. Spanning from tablets to train stations, patent lawsuits are sprouting …

ArrivalStar’s Jones Patent Claim Endangers Online Shipment Tracking ArrivalStar’s Jones Patent Claim Endangers Online Shipment Tracking
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One of the great amenities of buying things online is that you can usually track the shipping progress of your purchase all the way from the vendor’s warehouse to your front porch. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, that wonderful …

EFF Releases HTTPS Everywhere Extension For Firefox, Chrome EFF Releases HTTPS Everywhere Extension For Firefox, Chrome

Like it or not, the internet is changing. We who use the internet have passed into the era of uncertain privacy and questionable surveillance of our online activities. Rather than await the full implications of what the Googles and Facebooks …

HTTPS Everywhere Updated To Detect Security Holes HTTPS Everywhere Updated To Detect Security Holes
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced an update to their HTTPS Everywhere Firefox extension. The update adds a “Decentralized SSL Observatory” feature that looks for weaknesses in the encryption of sites that users are visiting. When it detects a security …

Is TPP Worse Than SOPA, PIPA & ACTA?
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First there was SOPA, then there was PIPA. The Internet beat those back. Then along came ACTA inciting protests around the world. Up next is something far worse and far more secret – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. For those that …

EFF Wants To Help MegaUpload Users Get Their Stuff Back EFF Wants To Help MegaUpload Users Get Their Stuff Back
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The U.S. government shutdown of MegaUpload left lots of users in the lurch. Though many of MegaUpload’s users were no doubt guilty of the copyright infringement that brought the site down, many were not. Though there are no clear percentages, …

EFF Petitions Copyright Office To Keep Jailbreaking Legal EFF Petitions Copyright Office To Keep Jailbreaking Legal

In 2010 the U.S. Copyright Office sided with users and developers when it issued a declaration exempting jailbreaking/rooting from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The exemption meant that the jailbreak community could come out into the open without fear of …

EFF Held An AMA Q&A Today On Reddit About SOPA, PIPA, et al.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation‘s activism team visited the land of Reddit today with a mission: (image)@EFFEFFThe EFF activism team is doing an AMA Q&A session on @Reddit today. Have questions for us? Ask them here: https://t.co/OrjisETg(image) 1 hour ago via …

U.S. Gov’t Wants To Censor Twitter

EFF published an article earlier today detailing the U.S. government’s growing demand that Twitter shut down accounts that are affiliated with alleged terrorists. Citing several recent incidences in which government officials have pressured Twitter to censor tweets and accounts, EFF …

Another Open Letter Concerning SOPA Disapproval Another Open Letter Concerning SOPA Disapproval
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Earlier today, Chris Crum wrote about an open letter discussing the potentially damaging rules set forth in the oft-discussed SOPA/PIPA bills. In the letter, members of Google, Yahoo, Flickr, LinkedIn, PayPal, the Huffington Post and many others detailed the issues …

EFF Moves For Dismissal of Key Righthaven Case EFF Moves For Dismissal of Key Righthaven Case

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which has been aiding various defendants in copyright lawsuits brought by Righthaven (commonly referred to as a “copyright troll”), and has filed an amicus brief in support of a defendant moving to dismiss the RIghthaven …

Court Ruling Protects Email Privacy
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A ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that the government has to have a search warrant before it can secretly seize and search emails stored by service providers, and that email privacy is protected by the fourth amendment. 

The ruling came in an appeal of Warshak v. United States, a case which is described by the EFF in the following manner:

Advocacy Groups Want Better Facebook Privacy Controls
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the ACLU of Northern California, and number of other privacy groups are calling on Facebook to give users true control over their personal information by taking critical steps to protect users’ data.

EFF Launches Terms Of Service Tracker

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched a "terms of service" tracker for Facebook, Google, eBay, and other popular websites.

The goal of the EFF’s "TOSBacK" is to give users a real-time feed of changes and updates to more than three-dozen policies from the Internet’s most popular online services. Clicking on an update displays a side-by-side before-and-after comparison on what has been added and removed from the policy.

EFF Posts Gripe Site Legal Guide
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Because copyright and trademark lawyers have had such itchy trigger fingers when it comes to issuing DMCA takedown notices, there’s a lot of confusion out there what exactly constitutes infringement, and what webmasters can and can’t do with intellectual property.

Part of the problem is that websites hosting other people’s content—YouTube, Blogger, eBay, etc.—remove the content at the slightest whiff of a DMCA notice to avoid trouble. This leads, of course, to abuse and to targets without any great recourse.