UK Surveillance Regime Violated Human Rights

On September 13, after a five-year legal battle, the European Court of Human Rights said that the UK government’s surveillance regime—which includes the country’s mass surveillance programs, methods, laws, and judges—violated the human rights to privacy and to freedom of expression. The court’s opinion is…

California Supreme Court Strengthens Section 230 Protections for Online Speech

Special thanks to legal intern Miranda Rutherford who was the lead author of this post. If someone sues you for a review you wrote on Yelp, can a court force Yelp to take down the review? This month, the California Supreme Court said “no” in…

Win for Public Right to Know: Court Vacates Injunction Against Publishing the Law

Industry Groups Want to Control Access to Legal Rules and Regulations San Francisco – A federal appeals court today ruled that industry groups cannot control publication of binding laws and standards. This decision protects the work of Public.Resource.org (PRO), a nonprofit organization that works to…

Notorious Australian Dark Web Pedophile will no Longer Receive Legal Aid

The Australian government provides legal aid to its citizens on trial when the cases take place abroad. The aid is offered through the Serious Overseas Criminal Matters scheme and is seemingly issued regardless of crimes committed. The aid is given to Australians at risk of…

Californian Cannabis Buyers Deserve Data Privacy Rights

On January 1 of this year, it became legal under state law for California adults to purchase cannabis products for recreational use. But the more than 5,000 cannabis operators who are already licensed are amassing sensitive data about their customers. That’s why EFF supports a…

EPIC to DC Circuit: Informational Privacy is a Constitutional Right

EPIC has filed a “friend of the court” brief, joined by forty-four technical experts and legal scholars (members of the EPIC Advisory Board), in the OPM Data Breach case. The case concerns the data breach at the US Office of Personnel and Management in 2015…

EFF to New York Appellate Court: No Warrantless Searches of Devices at the Border

In a month of court victories for travelers’ digital privacy, EFF continues its legal fight for Fourth Amendment rights at the border. We filed an amicus brief yesterday, along with the ACLU and NYCLU, urging a New York State appellate court to rule that border…

Pedophile’s Legal Aid Cost Australian Taxpayers $500,000

Australian taxpayers have funded $500,000 of legal assistance for former Melbourne businessman Peter Scully. Scully fled Australia in 2011 and later landed in custody in the Philippines for alleged human trafficking, murdering children, and distributing horrific child sexual abuse films on the darknet. The Australian…

Binance stumps up $318k bounty for hacker’s arrest

… of those behind a failed attack on the cryptocurrency exchange last … the legal arrest of the hackers, in any jurisdiction … the equivalent … actively prevent any instances of hacking before they occur, as well … bounty awards against any illegal hacking attempts…

Personal Data Protection in Russia

On July 1, 2017 new amendments on personal data came into legal effect in Russian legislation. They dictate new rules on processing and storage personal data, and impose additional requirements on service providers. At the present moment Russian IT infrastructure migrates to cloud storages. As…