Category Archives: Privacy

EFF Project Shows How People Are Unfairly “TOSsed Out” By Platforms’ Absurd Enforcement of Content Rules

Users Without Resources to Fight Back Are Most Affected by Unevenly-Enforced Rules San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched TOSsed Out, a project to highlight the vast spectrum of people silenced by social media platforms that inconsistently and erroneously apply terms of service (TOS) rules. TOSsed Out will track and publicize the ways in… Read More »

California Now Classifies Immigration Enforcement as “Misuse” of Statewide Law Enforcement Network

It has taken more than a year, but the California Attorney General’s Office has implemented steps to protect immigrants from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other agencies that abuse the state’s public safety network, the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS). Following calls for reform from EFF and immigrant rights advocacy groups, the Attorney… Read More »

EFF Files Freedom of Information (FOIA) Request for Submissions to the White House’s Platform Moderation Tool

When social media platforms enforce their content moderation rules unfairly, it affects everyone’s ability to speak out online. Unfair and inconsistent online censorship magnifies existing power imbalances, giving people who already have the least power in society fewer places where they are allowed a voice online. President Donald Trump and some members of Congress have… Read More »

Senator Wyden Leads on Securing Elections Before 2020

Sen. Ron Wyden’s new proposal to protect the integrity of U.S. elections, the Protecting American Votes and Elections (PAVE) Act of 2019, takes a much needed step forward by requiring a return to paper ballots. The bill forcefully addresses a grave threat to American democracy—outdated election technologies used in polling places all over the country… Read More »

Judge Orders Redacted Portions of Mueller Report Be Made Public

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered the government to release redacted portions of the Mueller report related to Michael Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser by May 31. In the case about false statements to FBI investigators regarding contact with the Russian Ambassador, Judge Sullivan ordered the release of parts of… Read More »

Supreme Court Extends Antitrust Protections to App Store Customers

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that consumers who buy apps through the Apple app store are direct purchasers and may seek antitrust relief under well-settled law. On the one hand, the decision carries major implications not only for Apple, but also for other companies that host app stores, and antitrust law in other… Read More »

What You Need to Know About the Latest WhatsApp Vulnerability

If you are one of WhatsApp’s billion-plus users, you may have read that on Monday the company announced that it had found a vulnerability. This vulnerability allowed an attacker to remotely upload malicious code onto a phone by sending packets of data that look like phone calls from a number not in your contacts list.… Read More »

House Members Begin Public Reading of Mueller Report

Members of the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA, @RepMGS), have begun a public reading of the Muller Report. The reading is being broadcast live on C-SPAN. EPIC (@EPICprivacy) sued the Department of Justice for the release of the full, unredacted Mueller Report. EPIC has now obtained the document, processed pursuant… Read More »