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Privacy Advocates Release Detekt to Detect Surveillance

A new free privacy tool, Detekt has been released by several organizations including Amnesty and EFF, which allows users to scan their Windows computers for signs of possible infection by illegal surveillance software programs. Detekt is an open source program developed by security scientist Claudio Guarnieri. Several organizations like Amnesty International, EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Read More

EFF Appoints New Executive Director

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit for Internet freedom, has named Cindy Cohn as its new executive director who will take up the post in April, leaving her role as legal director. Cohn will replace Shari Steele, who has been with the EFF for over 20 years. Intellectual property director Corynne McSherry will take Read More

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Tennessee Schools Accused of Violating Students’ Rights

While school districts all around the country are struggling with their students’ use of social media, a Tennessee school board has been accused of denying students their constitutional rights over a new policy that allows schools to search students’ electronic devices. The policy from the Williamson County Board of Education allows educational authorities to monitor Read More

EFF Criticizes FBI Comments on Encryption Backdoors

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has responded to remarks made by the FBI’s director on phone encryption, calling them “bad law”. FBI Director James Comey, much like many law enforcement officials of late, had criticized Apple’s plans to encrypt phones by default. He called for a change in the law to allow backdoors for law Read More

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Government Surveillance Harms Journalists & Lawyers Says Report

A new joint report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) illustrates the effects of government surveillance on journalists and lawyers operating in the US. The report systematically outlines how these surveillance procedures impact freedoms of expression, association, and press as well as the public’s right to access information and Read More

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Microsoft Fighting Overseas Search Warrant

US authorities have issued a search warrant for a user’s email information on one of Microsoft’s data centers in Ireland. The company says it is fighting the order. The New York Times states that this is the first instance of a company refusing a domestic search warrant for data held overseas. It’s also believed that Read More

Congress Passes Gutted USA Freedom Act 303-121

On Friday, the US House of Representatives passed a “landmark” bill dubbed the USA Freedom Act, which in theory would place severe limitations on the data that can and can’t be collected by bulk surveillance efforts on behalf of the NSA. What should have been a joyous occasion for privacy advocates everywhere, has instead been Read More

Tuesday Declared “The Day We Fight Back” Against NSA

Proposed by a coalition of technology companies, privacy advocates, and activist groups, today, February 11th is the very first annual “The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance“. Although the title isn’t exactly as catchy as it could be, the intent is clear as soon as you read the name what the protest is going Read More

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