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  • Spread @1:54AM, 2015-06-23
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    EFF: Who has your back? 

    EFF has released its newest report charting which companies promise to uphold best practices in privacy and transparency. The report analyzes the published policies of 24 major technology companies, including Facebook, Google, Twitter, and ISPs like AT&T and Comcast. While we’ve released this report for four years, this year we made the criteria more challenging to reflect the higher standards we’ve come to expect from technology companies.

    In this year’s Who Has Your Back, nine companies earned stars in every category available to them: Adobe, Apple, CREDO, Dropbox, Sonic, Wickr, Wikimedia, WordPress.com, and Yahoo. Three companies scored especially poorly: AT&T, Verizon, and WhatsApp.

    Here for the full report

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  • Spread @11:03PM, 2015-05-27
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    Senate rejects Patriot Act spying…but it’s not dead 

    Dear Friend of Digital Freedom,

    Good news! We’re not the only ones who think one more day of NSA spying is one day too many. The Senate agrees. Last week, in a dramatic late night session, the Senate rejected reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

    The Senate’s refusal to reauthorize Patriot Act spying has proven just how wrong the NSA’s defenders are. They’ve acted as though reauthorization of bulk phone records collection of millions of ordinary people was inevitable. But S.1357, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s two-month reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, failed by 45-54. In a desperate last-ditch effort to save mass surveillance, McConnell asked for the program to be extended to the 8th of June, then the 5th, then the 3rd, and then the 2nd. He was denied every time.

    That means, thanks to the powerful voices of people like you, 54 Senators voted against rubber stamping reauthorization of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That’s a major victory for civil liberties.

    But surveillance defenders will do anything they can to protect the NSA’s powers. Senator McConnell is forcing the Senate to reconvene on Sunday, May 31, mere hours before Section 215 expires. Even though leadership in the House of Representatives has said that the House would reject short-term reauthorization, he’s attempting to bully the Senate into a last minute extension of the program.

    Fortunately, we’ve got four days to make sure that those 54 Senators don’t change their minds. We’ve got four days to remind the House that no reauthorization is acceptable, no matter how short. We’ve got four days to ensure that when Section 215 of the Patriot Act dies at midnight on June 1st, it’s dead for good.

    Please join us in demanding an end to NSA mass surveillance. Call Congress now.

    You can also do more. This week, many Senators and Representatives are at home. Face-to-face visits are a chance for you to challenge your elected representatives on NSA spying. We’ve created a printable one-pager you can leave at their office. We also have a guide to setting up a meeting with your elected representatives. If you can’t get a meeting, you can just drop in at their office.

    We’ve got just four days. Join us to tell Congress—It’s time to let Section 215 of the Patriot Act die the death it deserves. Vote no on any reauthorization of Section 215.

    Sincerely,

    EFF Activism Team

     
  • Spread @7:20AM, 2014-12-04
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    Surveillance Self-Defense 

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    Modern technology has given the powerful new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF’s guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices.

    Select an article from EFF’s index to learn about a tool or issue, or check out one of their playlists to take a guided tour through a new set of skills.

    Start defending yourself, here: https://ssd.eff.org

     
  • Titus Toledo @1:53AM, 2014-08-29
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    EFF’s Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters 

    “Protesters want to be able to communicate, to document the protests, and to share photos and video with the world. So they’ll be carrying phones, and they’ll face a complex set of considerations about the privacy of the data those phones hold. This guide, from the good folks at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, can help answer some questions about how to best protect that data, and what rights protesters have in the face of police demands.”

    Here.

     
  • Spread @1:23AM, 2014-06-06
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    Run a Tor relay: Help defend online anonymity 

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    A Message from our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

    Dear Friend of Digital Freedom,

    Democratic activists, whistleblowers, and journalists all over the world rely on Tor to shield their identities when they use the Internet. It’s software that helps Internet users protect their anonymity and circumvent censorship. When you use Tor, your real IP address remains hidden from the sites you visit—and anybody else who might be eavesdropping.

    Tor is strong code. It’s one of the few technologies reported to thwart the National Security Agency’s passive surveillance practices. But Tor can only exist because of an international network of volunteers running relays.

    Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation, The Tor Project, the Free Software Foundation, and the Freedom of the Press Foundation are launching a joint campaign to encourage Internet users all over the world to support the Tor network by operating relays.

    We need volunteers. The more Tor relays we have running, the faster and more secure the Tor network becomes. Want to help out? Join us.

    The Tor network is actively under attack. Documents released by Edward Snowden show that government agencies are spending lots of time and money trying to find ways to hack or get around Tor. From what we’ve seen, the NSA techniques revealed in those documents are unable to defeat the underlying structure of the network. Instead, the documents show that agencies have been forced to turn to other incidental vulnerabilities to entrap Tor users, for example by exploiting bugs in browsers and other software.

    Tor remains a powerful tool against surveillance by the NSA and other government agencies. But it can only be that strong if there is a diverse, committed network of volunteers donating bandwidth to the network. Please join us in creating that future for Tor.

    How to get involved: We’ve created a detailed legal FAQ about Tor and The Tor Project has a guide for setting up a Tor relay. Once you’re running a Tor relay, register your relay on our campaign page.

    Already running a Tor relay? This is a great moment to increase the bandwidth of your relay. Existing relays can participate by adding at least 128 KB/s to your RelayBandwidthRate and RelayBandwidthBurst, and registering on our site.

    Not ready to run a Tor relay? That’s OK. The Freedom of the Press Foundation has suggestions for other ways to help support Tor.

    Resetting the Net. Our campaign is part of a larger movement of digital rights activists across the world working to make surveillance more difficult. It’s called Reset the Net. Check out the website to learn more about the project.

    Thanks!

    Rainey Reitman
    EFF Activism Director
    Support our work

     
  • Spread @6:05AM, 2014-05-16
    Tags: digital rights, eff,   

    Who has your back? 

    In a year rocked by high-profile disclosures of NSA spying reaching into our online accounts, many companies have responded by increasing their commitment to transparency, pushing back against mass surveillance, and fighting for their users.

    To be sure, public policies and commitments aren’t the last word when it comes to defending your privacy. But as we trust online services with more and more of our information, it’s an increasingly important component.

    If you’re concerned about your privacy from overreaching surveillance, you’ll want to know: when the government comes knocking, who has your back?

    Get the full report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

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