Senator Blumenthal Calls On FTC To Enforce Consent Order Against Facebook

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has called for “monetary penalties that provide redress for consumers and stricter oversight” in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission. Senator Blumenthal focused on the FTC’s 2011 Consent Order that EPIC, and a coalition of consumer groups obtained, after preparing a detailed complaint in 2009. Referring to the Cambridge Analytica… Read More »

Republicans Could Face Political Consequences Over Trump’s Tariffs

Tariffs have economic consequences, both intended and unintended. They also have political consequences, as Republicans will likely learn in the months ahead. At the intersection of the economic and political fallout from a potential trade war with China lies the soybean. America is the world’s top producer of the crop, and China is the world’s… Read More »

This Could Be the First Cannabis-Derived Drug to Win FDA Approval

Epidiolex, a cannabidiol drug used to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy in children, has moved one step closer to approval by the Food and Drug Administration, which could happen as soon as June. If approved, Epidiolex will be the first cannabis-derived drug recognized as a medicine under federal law. The FDA’s announcement comes days… Read More »

Your Facebook Friends Are Wrong About Guns

It’s another school walkout today, so you know what that means: Facebook is full of rational discussion about guns. All right, probably not. Ever since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, the debate over gun ownership – social media has been even more toxic than usual. The gun-control side has in… Read More »

A Tale of Two Poorly Designed Cross-Border Data Access Regimes

On Tuesday, the European Commission published two legislative proposals that could further cement an unfortunate trend towards privacy erosion in cross-border state investigati­ons. Building on a foundation first established by the recently enacted U.S. CLOUD Act, these proposals compel tech companies and service providers to ignore critical privacy obligations in order to facilitate easy access when… Read More »

A Little Help for Our Friends

In periods like this one, when governments seem to ignore the will of the people as easily as companies violate their users’ trust, it’s important to draw strength from your friends. EFF is glad to have allies in the online freedom movement like the Internet Archive. Right now, donations to the Archive will be matched… Read More »

Posing As a Metro Rider on Twitter, D.C. Transit Union Attacks Critics As Paid Plants

The union representing workers for Washington, D.C.’s notoriously dangerous and dysfunctional Metro rail system seems to have been running a Twitter account that purported to express the views of an ordinary, Metro-loving rider. For months now, @DCMetroTruth has claimed to be a Washington-area commuter telling just the facts about the Metro’s performance while waging vicious… Read More »

Don’t Overregulate CRISPR Genome Editing

The recently developed genome editing technique CRISPR enables researchers to make very precise modifications in the genes of nearly any organism. Researchers are racing to use the technique to create drought-resistant corn, reduced-gluten wheat, and tastier tomatoes. Research on CRISPR-based treatments for maladies such as cancers, heart disease, and Duchenne muscular dystophy is advancing rapidly.… Read More »