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Topic - Electronic Frontier Foundation
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an international non-profit digital rights advocacy and legal organization based in the United States. Its stated mission is to:* Engage in and support educational activities which increase popular understanding of the opportunities and challenges posed by developments in computing and telecommunications.* Develop among policy-makers a better understanding of the issues underlying free and open telecommunications, and support the creation of legal and structural approaches which will ease the assimilation of these new technologies by society.* Raise public awareness about civil liberties issues arising from the rapid advancement in the area of new computer-based communications media.* Support litigation in the public interest to preserve, protect, and extend First Amendment rights within the realm of computing and telecommunications technology.* Encourage and support the development of new tools which will endow non-technical users with full and easy access to computer-based telecommunications.The EFF is supported by donations and is based in San Francisco, California, with staff members in Washington, D.C. They are accredited observers at the World Intellectual Property Organization and one of the participants of the Global Network Initiative. - Source: Wikipedia
People have a right to privacy in the text messages they send from their phones, even if they can't know for sure who might be reading them, Washington's Supreme Court held in two related cases Thursday.
Local, state and federal agencies ranging from local sheriff's offices to the North Dakota Army National Guard have borrowed unmanned surveillance drones from the Homeland Security Department nearly 700 times in the past three years, according to government records obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
For three years, the National Security Agency routinely violated rules set down by federal judges governing how the agency was allowed to use mass-collected data about every telephone call made in the United States, according to more than 1,800 pages of declassified documents the Obama administration released Tuesday.
The Obama administration on Tuesday will release more than 1,000 pages of declassified documents, including formerly secret court filings and rulings, that explain how the government has interpreted the Patriot Act to justify its broad collection of data about Americans' phone calls and emails.
The National Rifle Association has thrown its weight behind a challenge to the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's domestic snooping.
The National Security Agency declassified three secret court opinions Wednesday showing how in one of its surveillance programs it scooped up as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans not connected to terrorism annually over three years, revealed the error to the court — which ruled its actions unconstitutional — and then fixed the problem.
With the simultaneous rise of liberals in President Obama's Democratic coalition and Rand Paul-style libertarianism among Republicans, concern over government intrusiveness has moved to the forefront, sparking a debate that would have seemed unimaginable during the cocaine wars or in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Gun advocates in California have joined Christian and Muslim groups in a lawsuit challenging on First Amendment grounds the large-scale data collection efforts exposed by National Security Agency leaker Edward J. Snowden.
The government's snooping on Verizon customers ought to be a wake-up call for every American. The "security" bureaucrats have spent more than two decades laying the groundwork for the "right" of the government to keep tabs on everyone's movements and communications.
A federal judge has ruled that Google Inc. must comply with the FBI's warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company's argument that the government's practice of issuing so-called national security letters to telecommunication companies, Internet service providers, banks and others was unconstitutional and unnecessary.
Lawmakers are debating a cybersecurity bill that the White House has threatened to veto and that opponents say will facilitate broad government monitoring of Internet traffic.
In the wake of Sept. 11, many Americans cheerfully gave law enforcement the benefit of almost any doubt. It was "anything goes" if it meant stopping enemies from ever having an upper hand again. Unfortunately, the bureaucracy has been cheerfully willing to bypass judicial oversight on the way to obtaining unprecedented access to personal information of good Americans.
Federal prosecutors say Reuters' deputy social media editor conspired with a notorious hacker network to cause an online security breach that should be punished by decades in federal prison.
They're called national security letters and the FBI issues thousands of them a year to banks, phone companies and other businesses demanding customer information. They're sent without judicial review and recipients are barred from disclosing them.
A federal judge has ruled that the FBI's practice of issuing so-called national security letters to banks, phone companies and other businesses is unconstitutional, saying the secretive demands for customer data violate the First Amendment.