Blog Posts Tagged with "Electronic Frontier Foundation"

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NSA Still Warrantlessly Wiretapping Americans

August 30, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

There’s long been ample evidence the NSA has been unlawfully collecting Americans' communications since the passage of the FISA Amendments Act. As the New York Times reported in 2009, the NSA was still collecting purely domestic communications of Americans' in a "significant and systemic" way...

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TPP: Don’t Let Them Trade Away Internet Freedom

August 28, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The intellectual property (IP) chapter would have negative ramifications for freedom and innovation and second, the process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy. The TPP is a threat because it rewrites global rules on IP enforcement and restrict the public domain...

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California Location Privacy Bill Passes Assembly

August 26, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The bill requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant anytime it requests location information from an electronic device. It codifies the Supreme Court's decision from earlier this year that the installation of a GPS device for purposes of an investigation requires a search warrant...

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These Drones are Made for Watchin'

August 19, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The public has been pushing back on broad use of drones by law enforcement. At the request of reporters, advocacy organizations and city councils, public agencies have been required to justify their drone purchases and develop clear policies on when and under what conditions they will use drones for surveillance...

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Pro-Syrian Hackers Target Activists with Fake Anti-Hacking Tool

August 16, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The latest malware campaign plays into users' concerns about protecting their security by offering a fake security tool called AntiHacker, which promises to provide "Auto-Protect & Auto-Detect & Security & Quick scan and analyzing." AntiHacker instead installs a remote access tool called DarkComet RAT...

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FBI’s Facial Recognition is Coming to a State Near You

August 07, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

The FBI wants to be able to search and identify people in photos of crowds and in pictures posted on social media sites—even if the people in those photos haven’t been arrested for or even suspected of a crime. The FBI may also want to incorporate those crowd or social media photos into its face recognition database...

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A Victory Over Cyber Spying

August 04, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Congress has been working to pass cybersecurity legislation for years – and EFF has fought to ensure that civil liberties weren’t sacrificed in the process. This year was the hardest: Congress got closer than ever to enacting a bill that could threaten the privacy of online communications. We fought back...

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Red Flag On Biometrics: Iris Scanners Can Be Tricked

August 02, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Among all the various biometric traits that can be measured for machine identification, the iris is generally regarded as being the most reliable. Yet Galbally’s team of researchers has shown that even the method traditionally presumed to be foolproof is actually quite susceptible to being hacked...

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Why the NSA Can’t Be Trusted to Run Cybersecurity Programs

August 01, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Senators John McCain and Kay Bailey Hutchison have proposed amendments that would hand the reins of our nation’s cybersecurity systems to the NSA. The agency's dark history, flouting of domestic law, and resistance to transparency makes it clear that the nation's cybersecurity should not be in its hands...

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EU Weighs in on Face Recognition Applications

July 29, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Face recognition in online applications is particularly problematic as personal data is sometimes used out of context by employers and law enforcement. Therefore, European privacy officials’ opinion recommending various practices for these applications could not have come at a better time...

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New Cybersecurity Bill Patches Serious Vulnerabilities

July 24, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

We remain unpersuaded that any of the proposed cybersecurity measures are necessary and we still have concerns about certain sections of the bill, especially the sections on monitoring and countermeasures. But this was a big step in the direction of protecting online rights...

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EFF Challenges National Security Letter Statute

July 22, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Under the national security letter statute, the FBI can issue demands for records and gag provisions without court authorization, and recipient telecommunications and financial companies have no way to determine whether and how the government might be overreaching or otherwise abusing its authority...

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Ad Biz Disregards User Choices to Safeguard "Cybersecurity"

July 19, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Senator Rockefeller was skeptical about the industry’s claims that they needed to engage in pervasive tracking for cybersecurity purposes. He stated: “I just want to declare the whole cybersecurity matter a total red herring.” We agree that strong cybersecurity does not necessitate surveillance of our browsing habits...

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AttacksTargeting Activists Uses Blackshades Trojan

July 16, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

A new campaign using Blackshades Remote Controller has been discovered via a message sent from a compromised Skype account. This malware gives an attacker the ability to execute arbitrary code on the infected computer. There is no guarantee that the attacker has not installed additional malicious software...

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Cybersecurity, Scare Tactics, and Sacrificing Privacy

July 13, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

Efforts to break the partisan stalemate over the Cybersecurity Act, a bill that would allow Internet companies to monitor the communications of users and pass that data to the government without any judicial oversight, have backers of the bill attempting to drum up fears about catastrophic cyberattacks...

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No Data Retention Mandate in Smith’s New Legislation

July 12, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

A controversial, anti-privacy data retention mandate is notably absent from the child protection bill recently introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith. Smith had previously introduced H.R. 1981, which would have mandated that ISPs collect and maintain data on Internet users not suspected of any crime...

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