EFF Files Amicus Brief in Seventh Circuit Supporting Warrant for Border Searches of Electronic Devices

EFF, joined by ACLU, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit arguing that border agents need a probable cause warrant before searching personal electronic devices like cell phones and laptops. We filed our brief in a criminal case…

EFF and Other Groups Fight State Department Collection of Social Media Information … Again

EFF and 54 civil liberties organizations joined comments this week written by the Brennan Center for Justice and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) standing up against the U.S. government’s plans to collect social media information from foreigners entering the United States. This is the…

Amazon, Stop Powering Government Surveillance

EFF has joined the ACLU and a coalition of civil liberties organizations demanding that Amazon stop powering a government surveillance infrastructure. Last week, we signed onto a letter to Amazon condemning the company for developing a new face recognition product that enables real-time government surveillance…

Should AI Always Identify Itself? It’s more complicated than you might think.

EFF Opposes California Bill to Require Bot Disclosures    The Google Duplex demos released two weeks ago—audio recordings of the company’s new AI system scheduling a hair appointment and the other of the system calling a restaurant—are at once unsettling and astounding. The system is…

The FBI Supposedly Has 7,775 Un-hackable Phones. We’re Asking for Proof

EFF sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI and other Department of Justice agencies to get some straight answers about approximately 7,800 supposedly un-hackable cellphones. Law enforcement agencies say they have a problem–criminals all use encrypted devices, making those devices inaccessible…

Mashup Maker: another entry for the Catalog of Missing Devices from an EFF supporter

EFF supporter Benjamin McLean was kind enough to send along his “Mashup Maker” as a new entry to our Catalog of Missing Devices, a tour through some of the legitimate, useful and missing gadgets, tools and services that don’t exist but should. They’re technologies whose…

Axon’s Ethics Board Must Keep the Company in Check

EFF, together with 41 national, state, and local civil rights and civil liberties groups, sent a letter today urging the ethics board of police technology and weapons developer Axon to hold the company accountable to the communities its products impact—and to itself. Axon, based in…

Hearing Monday in Groundbreaking Lawsuit Over Border Searches of Laptops and Smartphones

EFF and ACLU Fight Government’s Move to Dismiss Case Boston – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will appear in federal court in Boston Monday, fighting the U.S. government’s attempts to block their lawsuit over illegal laptop and smartphone…

European Copyright Law Isn’t Great. It Could Soon Get a Lot Worse.

EFF has been writing about the upcoming European Digital Single Market directive on copyright for a long time now. But it’s time to put away the keyboard, and pick up the phone, because the proposal just got worse—and it’s headed for a crucial vote on June 20-21. …