Sep 192014
 
Tell Governor Brown: No Warrantless Drones For California Cops

Parker Higgins of EFF writes: An important California bill that would require warrants for law enforcement use of drones is currently sitting on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that Gov. Brown will sign AB 1327, which passed the California legislature this August. EFF has long held that a warrant requirement is an essential [...]

Sep 152014
 

From EFF: In the week leading up the first year anniversary of the 13 Necessary and Proportionate Principles, EFF and the coalition behind the 13 Principles will be conducting a Week of Action explaining some of the key guiding principles for surveillance law reform. Every day, we’ll take on a different part of the principles, [...]

Aug 272014
 

From EFF: Atlanta – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), sci-fi blog io9, and a coalition of fan communities are launching “Project Secret Identity,” a cosplay photo campaign to raise awareness of the importance of anonymity and privacy during the annual pop culture convention Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 29 – Sept. 1. The campaign, online [...]

Aug 272014
 

Learn how police and intelligence agencies can access your data, and how the law (might) protect you! Hackers, attorneys, and concerned citizens are all welcome. Jonathan Mayer of Stanford will be offering a free online course on surveillance law. Here’s the Syllabus: I. Introduction We will begin with a brief overview of how surveillance fits [...]

Aug 092014
 

From the FTC: The Federal Trade Commission has announced an agenda for its upcoming workshop, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” taking place at 8 a.m. on Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C. “Big data” is used to refer to advancing technologies that are dramatically expanding the commercial collection, analysis, use, and storage of [...]

Jun 182014
 

Nadia Kayyali writes: The NSA may seem like an intimidating giant, but it has a serious Achilles’ heel— the enormous budget it claims from taxpayer dollars every year. While change to the actual words of the laws that govern NSA surveillance seems to be a difficult task, a group of representatives have decided to take the battle to [...]

May 122014
 

From PBS: How did the government come to spy on millions of Americans? In United States of Secrets, a two-part series airing May 13 and 20, FRONTLINE goes behind the headlines to reveal the dramatic inside story of the U.S. government’s massive and controversial secret surveillance program—and the lengths they went to trying to keep it hidden [...]