Pass the "My Body, My Data" Act

1 week 4 days ago

Privacy fears should never stand in the way of healthcare. That's why this common-sense bill will require businesses and non-governmental organizations to act responsibly with personal information concerning reproductive health care. Specifically, it restricts them from collecting, using, retaining, or disclosing reproductive health information that isn't essential to providing the service someone asks them for.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

California: Stop This Bill that Bans Affordable Broadband Rules

2 weeks 6 days ago

Assemblymember Quirk-Silva’s A.B. 2749—which is backed by AT&T and other telecommunications interests would prohibit the state from implementing affordable broadband rules for broadband companies that receive state subsidies as part of the California infrastructure law passed last year. This is despite the fact that California taxpayers—not the industry—are paying to build these networks.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

California: Speak Up for Student Privacy

3 weeks 1 day ago

There has been a 500% increase in the use of remote proctoring tools during the pandemic. EFF is proud to sponsor S.B. 1172, the Student Test Taker Privacy Protection Act (STTPPA), a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation authored by Sen. Dr. Richard Pan, to place limits on what they collect and provide students the right to their day in court for privacy violations.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

California: Speak Up for Student Privacy

1 month 1 week ago

There has been a 500% increase in the use of remote proctoring tools during the pandemic. EFF is proud to sponsor S.B. 1172, the Student Test Taker Privacy Protection Act (STTPPA), a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation authored by Sen. Dr. Richard Pan, to place limits on what they collect and provide students the right to their day in court for privacy violations.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

California: Tell Your Senator You Stand Against Police Biometric Surveillance

2 months ago

California’s legislature in 2019 passed a three-year moratorium on the use of face recognition on police body cameras, responding to widespread concern over face surveillance from Californians who believe tools intended to improve police accountability should not become a mass biometric surveillance network. S.B. 1038 would extend these protections indefinitely.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

California: Speak Up For Biometric Privacy

2 months 2 weeks ago

Biometric information is incredibly sensitive and, by its very nature, tied immutably to our identities. EFF is proud to co-sponsor S.B. 1189, authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski, S.B. 1189 requires private entities to obtain your opt-in consent before collecting your biometric information.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Tell the Senate to Fully Staff the FCC

2 months 2 weeks ago

It has been five years since the FCC repealed net neutrality protections. Since then, we’ve lived through a pandemic that has only underscored the importance of universal, low-cost, and open internet access. Unfortunately, the FCC remains down a commissioner, making it nearly impossible for the FCC to do its important work. Call your senators and tell them to confirm Gigi Sohn as the fifth FCC commissioner.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

California: Speak Up for Student Privacy

2 months 3 weeks ago

There has been a 500% increase in the use of remote proctoring tools during the pandemic. EFF is proud to sponsor S.B. 1172, the Student Test Taker Privacy Protection Act (STTPPA), a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation authored by Sen. Dr. Richard Pan, to place limits on what they collect and provide students the right to their day in court for privacy violations.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Tell the Senate: A Filter Mandate Would Devastate Internet Creators

2 months 3 weeks ago

Not content with the raft of imperfect and terrible filters voluntarily used by Big Tech platforms, a new proposal would change the copyright regime online, mandating filters and removing speech at all levels of the internet. This would be good only for a terrible cadre of the biggest companies in the country: the monopolistic ISPs like AT&T and Comcast, Big Content like Warner and NBC-Universal, and the Big Tech companies that already have filters like Google and Facebook.

For the rest of us, for internet creators, users, and small to medium businesses, this would be a disaster. Tell your senators to stand against big corporations and with free expression and reject the Strengthening Measures to Advance Rights Technologies Copyright Act.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Tell the Senate: the Solution to Kids’ Privacy Isn’t More Surveillance

3 months ago

The Senate Commerce Committee is considering a bill that, in the name of children’s privacy, creates a system of private surveillance that would force platforms to collect more information on every user, further invading their privacy in the process. The “Kids Online Safety Act” (KOSA) would make platforms the arbiter of what children see online and could hand over significant power, and private data, to third-party identity verification companies like Clear or ID.me.

Lawmakers should be providing real privacy protections for everyone online. KOSA doesn’t do that. Instead, KOSA would likely require everything from Apple’s iMessage, Signal, web browsers, email applications, VPN software, and platforms like Facebook and TikTok to collect more user data. Perhaps even worse, the bill would allow individual state attorneys general to decide what topics pose a risk to the physical and mental health of a minor, and allow them to force online services to remove and block access to that material everywhere, by default. This isn’t safety—it’s censorship.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Tell Congress: Tech Is Badly in Need of Competition

3 months ago

We are constantly bombarded with evidence that there is a severe lack of players in the tech space. Everywhere we look, a handful of companies act as chokepoints on our everyday lives. But there is legislation that would wrest some control back into our own hands.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Diga aos Deputados: Excluam a obrigação de pagamento por conteúdo jornalístico do PL das Fake News

3 months ago

A obrigação de plataformas digitais pagarem pelo uso de conteúdo jornalístico online está prestes a se tornar lei no Brasil com a introdução de uma regra genérica e problemática no Projeto de Lei das Fake News (PL 2630). Junte-se ao apelo da Coalizão Direitos na Rede e da EFF pedindo aos legisladores que abandonem essa proposta preocupante. A nova redação apresentada pelo relator Orlando Silva ainda deixa as questões mais cruciais sem resposta, direcionando-as para regulamentação posterior, pelo Executivo, e interpretação dos tribunais. A regra de remuneração também insiste nos direitos autorais como a principal via para garantir a sustentabilidade do jornalismo. Ela se baseia em uma compreensão perigosa de direitos autorais, em que citar e discutir as notícias exigiria pagamento, o que impacta a liberdade de expressão e pode resultar em uma perigosa redução de informações disponíveis online.

Diga ao relator do PL e ao presidente da Câmara dos Deputados que esta regra é inconsistente e deve ser suprimida do PL das Fake News.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Tell Brazil's Congress: Drop the Flawed Link Tax Rule

3 months ago

A remuneration obligation for the use of journalistic content online is poised to become law in Brazil with a problematic and underspecified rule in the Fake News Bill (PL 2630). Join the call of Coalizão Direitos na Rede and EFF urging lawmakers to drop this bad provision. The new draft still leaves the most crucial questions unanswered, punting them to subsequent regulation and courts' interpretation. The remuneration rule also insists on copyright as the main avenue to get a fair deal for publishers. It relies on a dangerous understanding of copyright, in which quoting and discussing news would require payment. This impacts freedom of expression and can result in a dangerous reduction of information available online.

Tell members of Brazil's Congress that this rule is in no way ready to become law and should not pass.

(Your tweet will be in Portuguese. In English, it reads "The remuneration rule for journalistic content in the #FakeNewsBill is dangerous and will increase Big Tech and Big Media powers. Drop the rule from the bill!")

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Keep Our Speech Online: Tell Congress to Reject the Filter Mandate

3 months 1 week ago

Not content with the raft of imperfect and terrible filters voluntarily used by Big Tech platforms, a new proposal would change the copyright regime online, mandating filters and removing speech at all levels of the internet. This would be good only for a terrible cadre of the biggest companies in the country: the monopolistic ISPs like AT&T and Comcast, Big Content like Warner and NBC-Universal, and the Big Tech companies that already have filters like Google and Facebook.

For the rest of us, for internet creators, users, and small to medium businesses, this would be a disaster. Tell your senators to stand against big corporations and with free expression and reject the Strengthening Measures to Advance Rights Technologies Copyright Act.

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