Recording Industry Claims Imaginary Value Gap as a Bigger Threat Than Piracy

One of the most significant events that took place at this month’s meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), that EFF attended, wasn’t part of the meeting’s formal agenda. It came at a side-meeting organized by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), an affiliate of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At […]

The FCC Needs to Cut Through The Noise and Listen to The Public’s Support for Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission’s vote tomorrow will be a step towards undermining the rules that protect Internet users from data discrimination by their ISPs. These net neutrality rules, though not perfect, have broad support from the public. But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai seems to be preparing to dismiss and ignore the wishes of ordinary Internet […]

Dear FCC: We See Through Your Plan to Roll Back Real Net Neutrality

Pretty much everyone says they are in favor of net neutrality–the idea that service providers shouldn’t engage in data discrimination, but should instead remain neutral in how they treat the content that flows over their networks. But actions speak louder than words, and today’s action by the FCC speaks volumes. After weeks of hand-waving and […]

As USTR Takes Office, EFF Sets Out Our Demands on Trade Transparency

The new U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, took office this week. EFF has written him a letter to let him know that we’ll be holding him to the commitments that he made during his confirmation hearing about improving the transparency and inclusiveness of the USTR’s notoriously closed and opaque trade negotiation practices. Our letter, which […]

No Hunting Undocumented Immigrants with Stingrays

In the latest sign of mission creep in domestic deployment of battlefield-strength surveillance technology, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this year used a cell site simulator (CSS) to locate and arrest an undocumented immigrant, according to a report yesterday by The Detroit News. CSSs, often called IMSI catchers or Stingrays, masquerade as cell […]

Online Censorship and User Notification: Lessons from Thailand

For governments interested in suppressing information online, the old methods of direct censorship are getting less and less effective. Over the past month, the Thai government has made escalating attempts to suppress critical information online. In the last week, faced with an embarrassing video of the Thai King, the government ordered Facebook to geoblock over […]

Illinois Advances “Right to Know” Digital Privacy Bills

EFF supports Illinois legislation (SB 1502 and HB 2774) that would empower people who visit commercial websites and online services to learn what personal information the site and service operators collected from them, and which third parties the operators shared it with. EFF has long supported such “right to know” legislation, which requires company transparency […]