Crypto is For Everyone—and American History Proves It

Over the last year, law enforcement officials around the world have been pressing hard on the notion that without a magical “backdoor” to access the content of any and all encrypted communications by ordinary people, they’ll be totally incapable of fulfilling their duties to investigate crime and protect the public.… »11/01/15 10:00am11/01/15 10:00am


Why Police Need a Warrant to Track Your Cell Phone Location Records

Across the country, a vigorous debate is taking place in federal and state courthouses about how privacy protections should apply to modern technologies. One of the most spirited issues in this debate is whether the Fourth Amendment requires law enforcement to get a warrant to track a person’s location via their cell… »6/17/15 9:35am6/17/15 9:35am

Why the FCC Can't Actually Save Net Neutrality

Network neutrality—the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally—is a principle that EFF strongly supports. However, the power to enforce equal treatment on the Internet can easily become the power to control the Internet in less beneficent ways. Some… »1/27/14 12:00pm1/27/14 12:00pm

Why You Can't Blame Bitcoin for Silk Road Shadiness

The man alleged to be "Dread Pirate Roberts," the founder and operator of the Silk Road—an online marketplace where bitcoins were traded for a range of goods and services, including drugs—was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco Wednesday. The criminal complaint, released today, provides many details about how the… »10/05/13 5:00pm10/05/13 5:00pm

How to Fight Back in the NSA's War on Encryption


In one of the most significant leaks to date regarding National Security Agency (NSA) spying, the New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica reported Thursday that the NSA has gone to extraordinary lengths to secretly undermine our secure communications infrastructure, collaborating with GCHQ (Britain's NSA… »9/07/13 5:14pm9/07/13 5:14pm

Exactly How the NSA Is Getting Away With Spying on US Citizens


The Guardian published a new batch of secret leaked FISA court and NSA documents yesterday, which detail the particulars of how government has been accessing Americans’ emails without a warrant, in violation of the Constitution. The documents lay bare fundamental problems with the ineffectual attempts to place… »6/22/13 11:00am6/22/13 11:00am

The Electronic Frontier Foundation Wants to Help You Get Your Files Back

After the FBI shut down Megaupload, millions of people were locked out of files they had uploaded to the service. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is calling bullshit on this, and along with Carpathia, MegaUpload's hosting service, they've started, a new site meant to call attention and serve those… »1/31/12 3:00pm1/31/12 3:00pm

Apple 'Thought Police' Give up on Forcing Bloggers to Name Sources

Apple has graciously decided to step away from its campaign to force bloggers to reveal sources of leaked information about secret products. Even though the first trial of this case was decided in favor of Apple, the Electronic Frontier Foundation challenged that decision in an appeals court, which ruled that the… »7/13/06 1:33pm7/13/06 1:33pm