The WIPO Broadcasting Treaty Would be a Body Blow for Online Video

This week EFF is in Geneva, at the Thirty-Fourth session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), to oppose a Broadcasting Treaty that could limit the use of video online. Ahead of this meeting, word was that delegations would be pushing hard to have a […]

California: Let’s End Unchecked Police Surveillance

All surveillance is political. Nowhere is this more evident than on the local level when law enforcement acquires new surveillance technology. Too often, the political process advantages police over the public interest. In California, a new bill—S.B. 21—offers the rare opportunity to shift the balance in favor of privacy.     Take Action Californians: tell […]

Actually, Congress Did Undermine Our Internet Privacy Rights

Don’t listen to the telecom lobby. Congress’ vote to repeal the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) broadband privacy rules has a profound impact on your online privacy rights. According to those who supported the repeal, the rules never took effect (they were scheduled to do so throughout 2017), so the repeal doesn’t change anything. You hear […]

EFF, Sen. Anderson Sponsor California License Plate Privacy Legislation

Sacramento—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) have introduced a California bill to protect drivers’ privacy by allowing them to cover their license plates while parked to avoid being photographed by automated license plate readers (ALPRs). The legislation will be considered by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Tuesday, May […]

Community Control of Police Spy Tech in Oakland

Oakland could become the next community in California to adopt an open and rigorous vetting process for police surveillance technology. All too often, government executives unilaterally decide to adopt powerful new surveillance technologies that invade our privacy, chill our free speech, and unfairly burden communities of color. These intrusive and proliferating tools of street-level surveillance […]

Launching DearFCC: The Best Way to Submit Comments to the FCC about Net Neutrality

John Oliver wants you to contact the FCC about net neutrality. Our new tool makes it easy to contact the FCC and helps you craft unique comments with just a few clicks. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has made a dangerous proposal to destroy the FCC’s net neutrality rules—the very same rules that keep Internet providers […]

Intel's Management Engine is a security hazard, and users need a way to disable it

Intel’s CPUs have another Intel inside. Since 2008, most of Intel’s chipsets have contained a tiny homunculus computer called the “Management Engine” (ME). The ME is a largely undocumented master controller for your CPU: it works with system firmware during boot and has direct access to system memory, the screen, keyboard, and network. All of […]

Danger Ahead: The Government’s Plan for Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Threatens Privacy, Security, and Common Sense

Imagine if your car could send messages about its speed and movements to other cars on the road around it. That’s the dream of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which thinks of Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication technology as the leading solution for reducing accident rates in the United States. But there’s a huge problem: […]