EFF, ACLU Bring Class-Action Suit Over Warrantless Searches At Border

“Such warrantless searches of travelers’ electronic devices unconstitutionally chill the exercise of speech and associational rights protected by the First Amendment,” the complaint states.

An Apple employee instructs a journalist on the use of the fingerprint scanner technology built into the company's iPhone 5S during a media event in Beijing. Watchdog groups are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports. (AP/Ng Han Guan)

Homeland Security officers improperly searched laptops and smartphones without warrants from people entering the country, 10 U.S. citizens and one green card holder claim in a federal class action Wednesday. A group representing several Muslims and people of color, the plaintiffs include a military veteran, journalists, students, an artist, a

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FBI Sued For Records On National Security Letter Gag Order Reviews

National security letters are secret government demands directing companies to turn over data on private citizens without a warrant.

This photo shows a portion of a National Security Letter written in November 2007. (Photo from the Federal Bureau of Investigation via Wikimedia Commons)

The Justice Department refuses to turn over records on the FBI’s compliance with requirements that it periodically review and lift national security letter gag orders, the Electronic Frontier Foundation claims in a new lawsuit. National security letters are secret government demands directing companies to turn over data on private citizens

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Here’s How To Change Your Twitter Settings In Light Of Their New ‘Privacy’ Policy

Whether for privacy or profit, changes are coming to Twitter. Fortunately, it’s up to users to change their settings and decide how much they want to share.

This picture shows a Twitter status update box. (Photo by Andy Melton)

Since Wednesday, Twitter has been sending out emails and notifications to its over 300 million monthly users to inform them of changes to their privacy policy. The new policy, which goes into effect on June 18, includes changes to data collection, data sharing, and digital advertising. The policy is being run on an ‘opt-out’ basis, meaning that

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EFF Sues To Stop Decision Allowing Foreign Governments To Spy On Americans

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is attempting to reverse a court decision that they say could potentially lead to immunity for foreign governments who spy, attack, and even murder Americans. 


On Thursday April 13, the Electronic Frontier Foundation asked an appeals court to review a decision that will allow foreign governments to monitor the activities of Americans in America. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)  is calling on the court to reverse the decision made in a case involving an American living in Maryland and the

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Do ‘National Security Letters’ Violate The 1st Amendment?

National security letters are so wrought with potential for abuse that EFF describes them as “one of the most frightening and invasive” facets of the PATRIOT Act.

A judge ruled in January that the FBI had acted in a manner ‘fundamentally at odds with’ the Freedom of Information Act.

The question is at the heart of an ongoing court battle between the Federal Bureau of Investigations and two communications service providers represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. EFF is representing CREDO Mobile and Cloudflare in their efforts to defend themselves against the use of the controversial national security letters (NSL).

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Judge Orders DOJ To Release Files On Secret Spying Program Project Hemisphere

Proponents of digital privacy and government transparency scored a victory on Thursday as a federal judge ordered the Department of Justice to provide files related to a secret telephone spying program. 

A man looks at his cell phone as he walks on the street.

(ANALYSIS) --- In 2013, The New York Times reported on the existence of a previously unknown data-mining program known as Project Hemisphere. The project was developed in secret by telecommunications giant AT&T and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as a tool to help with “drug-enforcement task-forces.” However, there is concern about

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