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President Biden Revokes Unconstitutional Executive Order Retaliating Against Online Platforms

Electronic Frontier Foundation President Joe Biden on Friday rescinded a dangerous and unconstitutional Executive Order issued by President Trump that threatened internet users’ ability to obtain truthful information online and retaliated against services that fact-checked the former president. The Executive Order called on multiple federal agencies to punish private online social media services for content …

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FAQ: DarkSide Ransomware Group and Colonial Pipeline

Electronic Frontier Foundation With the attack on Colonial Pipeline by a ransomware group causing panic buying and shortages of gasoline on the US East Coast, many are left with more questions than answers to what exactly is going on. We have provided a short FAQ to the most common technical questions that are being raised, …

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Facebook Oversight Board Affirms Trump Suspension — For Now

Electronic Frontier Foundation Today’s decision from the Facebook Oversight Board regarding the suspension of President Trump’s account — to extend the suspension for six months and require Facebook to reevaluate in light of the platform’s stated policies — may be frustrating to those who had hoped for a definitive ruling. But it is also a …

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Proposed New Internet Law in Mauritius Raises Serious Human Rights Concerns

Electronic Frontier Foundation As debate continues in the U.S. and Europe over how to regulate social media, a number of countries—such as India and Turkey—have imposed stringent rules that threaten free speech, while others, such as Indonesia, are considering them. Now, a new proposal to amend Mauritius’ Information and Communications Technologies Act (ICTA) with provisions …

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HTTPS Everywhere Now Uses DuckDuckGo’s Smarter Encryption

Electronic Frontier Foundation Over the last few months the HTTPS Everywhere project has been deciding what to do with the new landscape of HTTPS in major browsers. Encrypted web traffic has increased in the last few years and major browsers have made strides in seeing that HTTPS becomes the default. This project has shepherded a …

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553,000,000 Reasons Not to Let Facebook Make Decisions About Your Privacy

Electronic Frontier Foundation Another day, another horrific Facebook privacy scandal. We know what comes next: Facebook will argue that losing a lot of our data means bad third-party actors are the real problem that we should trust Facebook to make more decisions about our data to protect against them. If history is any indication, that’ll …

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EFF’s Top Recommendations for the Biden Administration

Electronic Frontier Foundation At noon on January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, and he and his staff took over the business of running the country. The tradition of a peaceful transfer of power is as old as the United States itself. But by …

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Political Satire Is Protected Speech – Even If You Don’t Get the Joke

Electronic Frontier Foundation Should an obviously fake Facebook post—one made as political satire—end with a lawsuit and a bill to pay for a police response to the post? Of course not, and that’s why EFF filed an amicus brief in Lafayette City v. John Merrifield. In this case, Merrifield made an obviously fake Facebook event …

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The U.S. Government Is Targeting Cryptocurrency to Expand the Reach of Its Financial Surveillance

Electronic Frontier Foundation One of the most important aspects of cryptocurrencies from a civil liberties perspective is that they can provide privacy protections for their users. But EFF is concerned that the U.S. government has been increasingly taking steps to undermine the anonymity of cryptocurrency transactions and importing the widespread financial surveillance of the traditional …

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Facebook’s Laughable Campaign Against Apple Is Really Against Users and Small Businesses

Electronic Frontier Foundation Facebook has recently launched a campaign touting itself as the protector of small businesses. This is a laughable attempt from Facebook to distract you from its poor track record of anticompetitive behavior and privacy issues as it tries to derail pro-privacy changes from Apple that are bad for Facebook’s business. Facebook’s campaign …

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