The Case Against DRM Needs to Be Made Now

DRM, or digital rights management, is a digital lock placed on media content and devices. Supporters say DRM protects businesses and artists from piracy and theft. Sounds good, right? Opponents say it kills innovation, doesn't stop piracy, and helps malware distributors. This month, a group led by the Electronic… » 1/31/15 9:00am 1/31/15 9:00am

Los Angeles Cops Argue All Cars in L.A. Are Under Investigation

Do you drive a car in the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area? According to the L.A. Police Department and L.A. Sheriff's Department, your car is part of a vast criminal investigation. » 3/20/14 12:00pm 3/20/14 12:00pm

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 12:00pm 1/27/14 12:00pm

10 Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself from Internet Surveillance

One of the trends we've seen is how, as the word of the NSA's spying has spread, more and more ordinary people want to know how (or if) they can defend themselves from surveillance online. But where to start? » 10/26/13 4:00pm 10/26/13 4:00pm

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 5:00pm 10/05/13 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 5:14pm 9/07/13 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 11:00am 6/22/13 11:00am

Why Isn't Gatsby in the Public Domain?

When The Great Gatsby rolls out to theaters across the country this weekend, it will bring to the screen a story familiar to millions from a literary classic that's often dubbed the proverbial "Great American Novel." Here’s what many folks don’t know: even though the book was published nearly 90 years ago and is a… » 5/08/13 12:29pm 5/08/13 12:29pm

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 3:00pm 1/31/12 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 1:33pm 7/13/06 1:33pm