One bad privacy idea that won’t die is the so-called “data dividend,” which imagines a world where companies have to pay you in order to use your data.Sound too good to be true? It is. Let’s be clear: getting paid for your data—probably no more than...
EFFPrivacy should not be a luxury for the rich. It should not be a bargaining chip. It should never have a price tag.
Employees at Verkada accessed the company's facial recognition system to take photos of women colleagues and make sexually explicit jokes.
EFF❌ NSA analysts spied on significant others.
❌ Ring employees were caught looking at off-limits footage.
❌ Verkada staff use their own facial recognition tech to harass other employees.
Abuse of dangerous tech often starts with the people who build it.
This is an Open Access Week guest post by Jordan Bunker, prototype engineer and open access advocate.After the world went into lockdown for COVID-19, Makers were suddenly confined to their workshops. Rather than idly wait it out, many of them...
EFFWhether it’s for medical device innovation, materials science methods, or any other body of human knowledge, it’s time for open access research to be the default. #OAWeek2020
It is a fundamental precept, at least in the United States, that the public should have access to the courts–including court records–and any departure from that rule must be narrow and well-justified. In a nation bound by the rule of law, the public...
EFFIt's past time to tear down the PACER paywall, and ensure the public has the access it needs to know the law and how it's applied. #OAWeek
EFFPassing a bill that makes access to publicly available court documents free would be a huge victory for transparency, due process and democratic accountability
Not Just for COVID-19, But for the Next Crisis TooThe COVID-19 pandemic demands that governments, scientific researchers, and industry work together to bring life-saving technology to the public regardless of who can afford it. But even as we take...
EFFThink back to where the world was a year ago and ask yourself if all of the last year’s research should be locked behind a paywall. #OAWeek
EFFThere is simply no place for patent trolls in government-funded research. #OAWeek
EFFScientific research that the public pays for must be made available to everyone, without a paywall, without an embargo period. Period. #OAWeek2020
Coinbase has released its first transparency report, and we’re encouraged to see the company take this first step and commit to issuing future reports that go even further to provide transparency for their customers. Last month, we renewed a call...
EFFDecisions about turning over financial data or shutting down accounts should not be made in the dark. We’re encouraged to see @Coinbase take an important first step with a new transparency report.
Imagine walking down the street, looking for a good cup of coffee. In the distance, a storefront glows in green through your smart glasses, indicating a well-reviewed cafe with a sterling public health score. You follow the holographic arrows to the...
EFFThrough strong policy, robust transparency, and privacy-by-design engineering, we can (and must) have augmented reality with augmented privacy
Here at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we have a guiding motto: "I Fight For the Users." (We even put it on t-shirts from time to time!) We didn't pick that one by accident (nor merely because we dig the 1982 classic film "Tron"), but because...
EFFWe Fight for the Users (that's you)! An appreciation of @mnot's @IETF #RFC8890
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in your home can involve the creation of an intimate portrait of your private life. The VR/AR headsets can request audio and video of the inside of our house, telemetry about our movements, depth data and images...
EFFWe need to be able to take advantage of VR/AR, where you can invite your friends to join you in a fully formed virtual home, without creating a dystopian future where the government can teleport into a photo-realistic version of your house.
Today, we’re announcing that the upcoming release of Privacy Badger will support the Global Privacy Control, or GPC, by default.GPC is a new specification that allows users to tell companies they'd like to opt out of having their data shared or...
EFFPrivacy Badger will support the Global Privacy Control, or GPC, by default. Compared with opt-out mechanisms supported by the ad industry, GPC is simple, easy to deploy, and works well with existing privacy tools.
The blockbuster case could trigger a tsunami of future litigation that impacts innovation at startups and large companies.
EFFThe Google v Oracle ruling will be hugely consequential for software development. Even if the Supreme Court finds fair use, that may be small comfort for startups that can't afford to litigate to protect their right to reimplement APIs
In May and June of 2020, the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) spied on Black-led protests against police violence with a business district's vast network of surveillance cameras. During the first week of mass demonstrations following the...
EFFBreaking: EFF and @ACLU_NorCal just sued San Francisco, because its police unlawfully spied on #BlackLivesMatter protesters with a business district's vast surveillance camera network.
The last few months have seen a steady stream of proposals, encouraged by the advocacy of the FBI and Department of Justice, to provide “lawful access” to end-to-end encrypted services in the United States. Now lobbying has moved from the U.S.,...
EFFThe EU’s top institutions have turned against end-to-end privacy, and they’re taking the first steps to undermining the encryption surrounding Internet messaging systems.
EFFIf Europe wants to keep its status as a jurisdiction that treasures privacy, it will need to fight for it.
EFFWe are in the first stages of a long anti-encryption march by the upper echelons of the European Union, headed directly toward Europeans’ digital front-doors.
The House and Senate are both pushing forward with the so-called “EARN IT” Act, a bill that will undermine encryption and free speech online. Attorney General William Barr and the DOJ have demanded for years that messaging services give the...
EFFIf EARN IT passes, websites will have to censor their users or face prosecutions and lawsuits.
EFFIf you oppose the EARN IT Act, please contact your Representative in the House as well—even if you've already emailed your Senators. We can't let this anti-speech, anti-security bill gain more support.