Electronic Frontier Foundation: EFF Launches Searchable Database of Police Agencies and the Tech Tools They Use to Spy on Communities

Electronic Frontier Foundation: EFF Launches Searchable Database of Police Agencies and the Tech Tools They Use to Spy on Communities. “The Atlas of Surveillance database, containing several thousand data points on over 3,000 city and local police departments and sheriffs’ offices nationwide, allows citizens, journalists, and academics to review details about the technologies police are deploying, and provides a resource to check what devices and systems have been purchased locally.”

EFF to Court: Social Media Users Have Privacy and Free Speech Interests in Their Public Information (EFF)

EFF: EFF to Court: Social Media Users Have Privacy and Free Speech Interests in Their Public Information. “Visa applicants to the United States are required to disclose personal information including their work, travel, and family histories. And as of May 2019, they are required to register their social media accounts with the U.S. government. According to the State Department, approximately 14.7 million people will be affected by this new policy each year. EFF recently filed an amicus brief in Doc Society v. Pompeo, a case challenging this ‘Registration Requirement’ under the First Amendment.”

TorrentFreak: EFF & Heavyweight Legal Team Will Defend Internet Archive’s Digital Library Against Publishers

TorrentFreak: EFF & Heavyweight Legal Team Will Defend Internet Archive’s Digital Library Against Publishers . “The EFF has revealed it is teaming up with law firm Durie Tangri to defend the Internet Archive against a lawsuit targeting its Open Library. According to court filings, the impending storm is shaping up to be a battle of the giants, with opposing attorneys having previously defended Google in book scanning cases and won a $1bn verdict for the RIAA against ISP Cox.”

EFF: The Executive Order Targeting Social Media Gets the FTC, Its Job, and the Law Wrong

EFF: The Executive Order Targeting Social Media Gets the FTC, Its Job, and the Law Wrong. “The inaptly named Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship seeks to insert the federal government into private Internet speech in several ways. In particular, Sections 4 and 5 seek to address possible deceptive practices, but end up being unnecessary at best and legally untenable at worst.”

EFF: Don’t Write Copyright Law in Secret

EFF: Don’t Write Copyright Law in Secret. “The USMCA is just the latest example: when copyright terms are negotiated in private, multinational agreements, it tends to favor the interests of large media companies. Countries should decide their own copyright laws by inclusive, democratic processes, not through secret negotiations. Those copyright law expansions bring real threats to human rights in the countries where the United States exports them. In 2011, Colombian graduate student Diego Gomez shared another student’s Master’s thesis with colleagues over the Internet, sparking a six-year legal battle that could have put him in prison for years.”

EFF: ICANN Needs To Ask More Questions About the Sale of .ORG

EFF: ICANN Needs To Ask More Questions About the Sale of .ORG. “Over 21,000 people, 660 organizations, and now six Members of Congress have asked ICANN, the organization that regulates the Internet’s domain name system, to halt the $1.135 billion deal that would hand control over PIR, the .ORG domain registry, to private equity. There are crucial reasons this sale is facing significant backlash from the nonprofit and NGO communities who make the .ORG domain their online home, and perhaps none of them are more concerning than the speed of the deal and the dangerous lack of transparency that’s accompanied it.”

Neowin: Open letter from 50+ organizations want Google to do something about Android bloatware

Neowin: Open letter from 50+ organizations want Google to do something about Android bloatware. “Over 50 organizations including the Privacy International, Digital Rights Foundation, DuckDuckGo, and Electronic Frontier Foundation have written an open letter to Alphabet and Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai about exploitive pre-installed bloatware on Android devices and how they pose a privacy risk to consumers.”

Neowin: EFF launches SaveDotOrg campaign as Public Interest Registry sale announced

Neowin: EFF launches SaveDotOrg campaign as Public Interest Registry sale announced. “The Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with a variety of other web entities such as Creative Commons and Internet Archive, have launched the SaveDotOrg campaign which urges the Internet Society (ISOC) to cancel the sale of the Public Interest Registry (PIR) to Ethos Capital, the largest private equity firm in sub-Saharan Africa.”

EFF: Social Media Platforms Increase Transparency About Content Removal Requests, But Many Keep Users in the Dark When Their Speech Is Censored, EFF Report Shows

EFF: Social Media Platforms Increase Transparency About Content Removal Requests, But Many Keep Users in the Dark When Their Speech Is Censored, EFF Report Shows. “San Francisco and Tunis, Tunisia—While social media platforms are increasingly giving users the opportunity to appeal decisions to censor their posts, very few platforms comprehensively commit to notifying users that their content has been removed in the first place, raising questions about their accountability and transparency, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said today in a new report. “

Fines Aren’t Enough: Here’s How the FTC Can Make Facebook Better (EFF)

EFF: Fines Aren’t Enough: Here’s How the FTC Can Make Facebook Better. “A $3 billion fine would be, by far, the largest privacy-related fine in the FTC’s history. The biggest to date was $22.5 million, levied against Google in 2012. But even after setting aside $3 billion to cover a potential fine, Facebook still managed to rake in $3.3 billion in profit during the first quarter of 2019. It’s rumored that Facebook will agree to create a ‘privacy committee’ as part of this settlement. But the company needs to change its actions, not just its org chart. That’s why the settlement the FTC is negotiating now also needs to include limits on Facebook’s behavior.”

EFF: Content Moderation is Broken. Let Us Count the Ways.

EFF: Content Moderation is Broken. Let Us Count the Ways.. “Many of us view content moderation as a given, an integral component of modern social media. But the specific contours of the system were hardly foregone conclusions. In the early days of social media, decisions about what to allow and what not to were often made by small teams or even individuals, and often on the fly. And those decisions continue to shape our social media experience today.”

Ars Technica: Twitter blocks EFF tweet that criticized bogus takedown of a previous tweet

Ars Technica: Twitter blocks EFF tweet that criticized bogus takedown of a previous tweet. “Twitter and Starz have given us a new example of how copyright enforcement can easily go overboard. At Starz’s request, Twitter blocked an April 8 tweet by the news site TorrentFreak, which had posted a link to one of its news articles about piracy.” The tweets have been restored, but this is not a good look.

BetaNews: Block more Google tracking with the latest Privacy Badger extension

BetaNews: Block more Google tracking with the latest Privacy Badger extension. “We live in an age where privacy is simultaneously highly valued and under increasing attack — and nowhere is this truer than online. The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has been fighting the corner for web users for some time, and with the latest version of its Privacy Badger extension it is helping people fight back against Google.”

Between You, Me, and Google: Problems With Gmail’s “Confidential Mode” (EFF)

EFF: Between You, Me, and Google: Problems With Gmail’s “Confidential Mode”. “With Gmail’s new design rolled out to more and more users, many have had a chance to try out its new ‘Confidential Mode.’ While many of its features sound promising, what ‘Confidential Mode’ provides isn’t confidentiality. At best, the new mode might create expectations that it fails to meet around security and privacy in Gmail. We fear that Confidential Mode will make it less likely for users to find and use other, more secure communication alternatives. And at worst, Confidential Mode will push users further into Google’s own walled garden while giving them what we believe are misleading assurances of privacy and security.”

Techdirt: Researchers Reveal Details Of Printer Tracking Dots, Develop Free Software To Defeat It

Techdirt: Researchers Reveal Details Of Printer Tracking Dots, Develop Free Software To Defeat It. “As Techdirt has reported previously in the case of Reality Leigh Winner, most modern color laser printers place tiny yellow tracking dots on every page printed — what Wikipedia calls ‘printer steganography’. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) first started warning about this sneaky form of surveillance back in 2005. It published a list of printers and whether it was known that they used tracking dots.”