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    Surveillance Shouldn’t Be a Prerequisite for an Education - EFFector 32.25
    EFFector Issue #768
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    Proctoring Apps Subject Students to Unnecessary Surveillance

    The use of proctoring apps—privacy-invasive software products that “watch” students as they take tests or complete schoolwork—has skyrocketed. These apps make a seductive promise: that schools can still rely on high-stakes tests, where they have complete control of a student's environment, even during remote learning. But that promise comes with a huge catch. These apps violate student privacy, negatively impact some populations, and will likely never fully stop creative students from outsmarting the system.

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    EFF Launches Searchable Database of Police Agencies and the Tech Tools They Use to Spy on Communities

    In partnership with the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, we’ve launched the largest-ever collection of searchable data on police use of surveillance technologies—with a map and a database of over 5300 datapoints. Learn about facial recognition, drones, license plate readers, and other devices law enforcement agencies are acquiring to spy on our communities.
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    The New EARN IT Bill Still Threatens Encryption and Free Speech

    The whole idea behind Section 230 is to make sure that you are responsible for your own speech online—not someone else’s. Currently, if a state prosecutor wants to bring a criminal case related to something said or done online, or a private lawyer wants to sue they must seek out the actual speaker in most cases. They can’t just haul a website owner into court because of the user’s actions. But that will change if EARN IT passes. Once websites lose Section 230 protections, they’ll take drastic measures to mitigate their exposure. That will limit free speech across the Internet.
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    Victory! EFF Defends Public’s Right to Access Court Records About Patent Ownership

    The public’s right of access to court proceedings is well-established as a legal principle, but it needs constant defending. In part, that’s because private parties keep asking publicly-funded courts to resolve their disputes in secret. As we and others have written before, this problem is especially great in patent cases, where parties on opposite sides of a case often agree with each other to keep as much of the litigation as possible hidden from view.
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    Report: San Francisco Police Accessed Business District Camera Network to Spy on Protestors

    The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) conducted mass surveillance of protesters at the end of May and in early June using a downtown business district's camera network, according to new records obtained by EFF. The records show that SFPD received real-time live access to hundreds of cameras as well as a "data dump" of camera footage amid the ongoing demonstrations against police violence.
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    University App Mandates Are the Wrong Call

    As students, parents, and schools prepare the new school year, universities are considering ways to make returning to campus safer. Some are even mandating that students install COVID-related technology on their personal devices, but this is the wrong call.
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    EFF and 45 Human Rights and Civil Liberties Groups Condemn Federal Law Enforcement Actions Against Protesters in Portland

    EFF joined dozens of other groups in a letter condemning the behavior of federal law enforcement agencies in Portland, Oregon. Despite the wishes of Portland officials, the federal government deployed law enforcement, including U.S. Marshals and Customs and Border Protection officers. The federal government officially explained these actions as an effort to protect federal buildings, but it appears to be a militarized counter-insurgent effort to suppress protesters and the residents of Portland.
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    Face masks are breaking facial recognition. Good. (The Verge)

    This article explores the ways in which masks and face coverings increase the error rates in facial recognition systems.
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    History shows that efforts to control infectious disease through policing and incarceration have undermined public health aims and exacerbated racial disparities. (Washington Post)

    No surprise: It will increase racial disparities in policing. History teaches us that when we rely on law enforcement to police public health, we will re-entrench inequality.
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    The NSA is advising its employees to limit location services on smart phones. For once we agree. (The Hill)

    The NSA "rolled out guidance warning that location data from mobile and other internet-connected devices could pose a security threat for users if it were accessed by adversaries."
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    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading organization protecting civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, we defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, promote the rights of digital innovators, and work to ensure that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are enhanced, rather than eroded, as our use of technology grows. EFF is a member-supported organization. Find out more at https://eff.org.

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    Section 230 Is Good, Actually - EFFector 32.28
    EFFector Issue #771
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    Section 230 Is Good, Actually
    There are many, many misconceptions—as well as misinformation from Congress and elsewhere—about Section 230, from who it affects and what it protects to what results a repeal would have. To help explain what’s actually at stake when we talk about Section 230, we’ve put together responses to several common misunderstandings of the law.

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    Publisher or Platform? It Doesn't Matter.
    “You have to choose: are you a platform or a publisher?” We’ll say it plainly here: there is no legal significance to labeling an online service a “platform” as opposed to a “publisher.” Nor does the law treat online services differently based on their ideological “neutrality” or lack thereof. Section 230 explicitly grants immunity to all intermediaries, both the “neutral” and the proudly biased. It treats them exactly the same, and does so on purpose. That’s a feature of Section 230, not a bug.
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    It’s Not Section 230 President Trump Hates, It’s the First Amendment
    Our free speech online is too important to be held as collateral in a routine funding bill. Congress must reject President Trump’s misguided campaign against Section 230.
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    Tell Congress Not To Bankrupt Internet Users

    We are at a critical juncture in the world of copyright claims. The “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act”—the CASE Act—is apparently being considered for inclusion in next week’s spending bill. That is “must pass” legislation—in other words, legislation that is vital to the function of the government and so anything attached to it, related to spending or not, has a good chance of becoming law. The CASE Act could mean Internet users face $30,000 penalties for sharing a meme or making a video. It has no place in must pass legislation.
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    Introducing “How to Fix the Internet,” a New Podcast from EFF
    EFF recently launched How to Fix the Internet, a new podcast mini-series examining potential solutions to the ills facing the modern digital landscape. Over the course of six episodes, we consider how current tech policy isn’t working well for users and invite experts to join us in imagining a better future. Hosted by EFF’s Executive Director Cindy Cohn and our Director of Strategy Danny O’Brien, How to Fix the Internet digs into the gritty technical details and the case law surrounding these digital rights topics, while charting a course toward how we can better defend the rights of users.
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    Law Enforcement Purchasing Commercially-Available Geolocation Data is Unconstitutional
    Many of the smartphone apps people use every day are collecting data on their users and, in order to make money, many of these apps sell that information. One of the customers for this data is the U.S. government, which regularly purchases commercially available geolocation data. This includes the Department of Defense, CBP, ICE, the IRS, and the Secret Service. But it violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution for the government to purchase commercially available location data it would otherwise have to get a warrant to acquire.
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    Public interest groups take aim at Pasco sheriff’s data-driven policing programs

    Civil Liberties groups, including EFF, have taken a stand against a program being used by the Pasco County Sheriff’s department that uses data to justify surveilling and harrassing people in hopes of preventing future crimes.
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    Police in Jackson, Mississippi, want access to live home security video, alarming privacy advocates

    We've long feared that networked home surveillance cameras would one day become a massive police CCTV network. One pilot program in Jackson, Mississippi is bringing our fears to life.



    About EFF

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading organization protecting civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, we defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, promote the rights of digital innovators, and work to ensure that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are enhanced, rather than eroded, as our use of technology grows. EFF is a member-supported organization. Find out more at https://eff.org.

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    Answers for Internet Creators on New Copyright Laws - EFFector 33.1
    EFFector Issue #774
    Feb 28th, 2021 VIEW AS WEBPAGE
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    Student Surveillance Vendor Proctorio Files SLAPP Lawsuit to Silence A Critic


    During the pandemic, a dangerous business has prospered: invading students’ privacy with proctoring software and apps. In the last year, we’ve seen universities compel students to download apps that collect their face images, driver’s license data, and network information. Last fall, Ian Linkletter, a remote learning specialist at the University of British Columbia, became part of a chorus of critics concerned with this industry. Now, he’s been sued for speaking out. The outrageous lawsuit—which relies on a bizarre legal theory that linking to publicly viewable videos is copyright infringement—will become an important test of a 2019 British Columbia law passed to defend free speech, the Protection of Public Participation Act, or PPPA.
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    LAPD Requested Ring Footage of Black Lives Matter Protests

    Along with other civil liberties organizations and activists, EFF has long warned that Amazon Ring and other networked home surveillance devices could be used to monitor political activity and protests. Now we have documented proof that our fears were founded.
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    Cops Using Music to Try to Stop Being Filmed Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg

    Someone tries to livestream their encounters with the police, only to find that the police started playing music. In the case of a February 5 meeting between an activist and the Beverly Hills Police Department, the song of choice was Sublime’s “Santeria.” The police may not got no crystal ball, but they do seem to have an unusually strong knowledge about copyright filters, and how they can get important content taken off the Internet. Copyright should not be a fast-track to getting speech removed that you do not like. The law is meant to encourage creativity by giving artists a limited period of exclusive rights to their creations. It is not a way to make money off of criticism or a loophole to be exploited by authorities.
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    Minneapolis Becomes the Latest City to Ban Government Use of Face Recognition Technology (Gizmodo)

    With a unanimous city council vote, Minneapolis joins Boston, San Francisco, and more than a dozen cities across the country that have banned government use of face recognition technology.
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    The Best Law You’ve Never Heard Of (New York Times)

    Americans should feel angry about companies harvesting every morsel of our data to sell us sneakers or rate our creditworthiness. But a data protection law that few of us know about should also give us hope.




    About EFF

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading organization protecting civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, we defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, promote the rights of digital innovators, and work to ensure that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are enhanced, rather than eroded, as our use of technology grows. EFF is a member-supported organization. Find out more at https://eff.org.

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    EFFector 33.2
    Naming and Shaming Public Access Malpractice

    EFFector Issue #775
    March 28th, 2021 VIEW AS WEBPAGE
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    Surprising No One, Users Don’t Actually Want to Be Tracked

    EFFector Issue #776
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    Apple’s AppTrackingTransparency is Upending Mobile Phone Tracking

    Apple’s long-awaited privacy update for iOS is out, and it’s a solid step in the right direction. With the launch of iOS 14.5, hundreds of millions of iPhone users will now have AppTrackingTransparency, which means that apps are required to ask permission if they want to track you and your activity across other apps. Allowing users to choose what third-party tracking they will or will not tolerate, and forcing apps to request those permissions, will give users more knowledge of what apps are doing and help protect them from abuse.
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    Am I FLoCed? A New Site to Test Google's Invasive Experiment

    In April, EFF launched Am I FLoCed, a new site that will tell you whether your Chrome browser has been turned into a guinea pig for Federated Learning of Cohorts or FLoC, Google’s latest targeted advertising experiment. If you are a subject, we will tell you how your browser is describing you to every website you visit. Am I FLoCed is part of an effort to bring to light the invasive practices of the adtech industry—Google included—with the hope we can create a better internet for all, where our privacy rights are respected regardless of how profitable they may be to tech companies.
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    Maine Should Take this Chance to Defund the Local Intelligence Fusion Center

    The Maine state legislature is currently considering a piece of legislation that would close the Maine Information and Analysis Center (MIAC), also known as Maine’s only fusion center. Fusion centers are yet another unnecessary cog in the surveillance state—and one that serves the intrusive function of coordinating surveillance activities and sharing information between federal law enforcement, the national security surveillance apparatus, and local and state police. EFF is happy to support this bill in hopes of defunding an unnecessary, intrusive, and often-harmful piece of the U.S. surveillance regime.
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    Why EFF Supports Repeal of Qualified Immunity

    Qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that protects government actors from civil lawsuits, directly harms people in two ways. First, many victims of constitutional violations are not compensated for their injury. Second, many more people suffer constitutional violations, because the doctrine removes an incentive to government officials to follow the Constitution. Over and over, qualified immunity has undermined judicial protection of digital rights.
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    Surveillance Self-Defense Playlist: Getting to Know Your Phone

    We are launching a new Privacy Breakdown of Mobile Phones "playlist" on Surveillance Self-Defense, EFF's online guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices. This guided tour walks through the ways your phone communicates with the world, how your phone is tracked, and how that tracking data can be analyzed.
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    U.S. Marshals Used Drones to Spy on Black Lives Matter Protests in Washington, D.C. (The Intercept)

    Documents released from the Freedom of Information Act reveal that the U.S. Marshal’s Service used drones to spy on protests in Washington D.C. in summer 2020.
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    Schools Use Software That Blocks LGBTQ+ Content, But Not White Supremacists (Vice)

    A Motherboard investigation found the algorithmic surveillance tools allow racist groups like the KKK while flagging LGBTQ health sites as 'porn'.




    About EFF

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading organization protecting civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, we defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, promote the rights of digital innovators, and work to ensure that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are enhanced, rather than eroded, as our use of technology grows. EFF is a member-supported organization. Find out more at https://eff.org.

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    Highest Court Hands Down A Series of Critical Digital Rights Decisions
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    Apple’s Plan to "Think Different" About Encryption Opens a Backdoor to Your Private Life
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