Security News

EFF urges Google to ground its FLoC: 'Pro-privacy' third-party cookie replacement not actually great for privacy
2021-03-05 21:18

With the arrival of Google Chrome v89 on Tuesday, Google is preparing to test a technology called Federated Learning of Cohorts, or FLoC, that it hopes will replace increasingly shunned, privacy-denying third-party cookies. Bennett Cyphers, staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, argues FLoC is "a terrible idea," and urges Google to refocus its efforts on building a web that serves the people who use it.

EFF's 30th Anniversary Livestream
2020-07-10 16:48

It's the EFF's 30th birthday, and the organization is having a celebratory livestream today from 3:00 to 10:00 pm PDT. There are a lot of interesting discussions and things. I am having a fireside chat at 4:10 pm PDT to talk about the Crypto Wars and more.

EFF: Google, Apple’s Contact-Tracing System Open to Cyberattacks
2020-04-29 13:40

Privacy advocates are urging developers to proceed with caution as they use technology released by Apple and Google to build COVID-19 contact-tracing apps - and are warning against the potential for cybercriminal use. "The apps built on top of Apple and Google's new system will not be a 'magic bullet' techno-solution to the current state of shelter-in-place," EFF staff technologist Bennet Cyphers and director of research Gennie Gebhart said, in a post on Tuesday on the organization's blog.

EFF on the Mechanics of Corporate Surveillance
2019-12-13 12:01

EFF has published a comprehensible and very readable "deep dive" into the technologies of corporate surveillance, both on the Internet and off. Well worth reading and sharing. Boing Boing post....

EFF Talks the Corporate Surveillance of Consumers
2019-12-04 14:00

The EFF explains how data is being tracked and used on the web and mobile devices, how consumers can protect themselves - and why it's not all bad news.

EFF and Mozilla scold Venmo over app’s privacy failings
2019-09-04 09:34

The tense stand-off between privacy campaigners and the popular mobile payment app Venmo has taken another turn for the worse.

Are US border cops secretly secreting GPS trackers on vehicles without a warrant? EFF lawyers want to know
2019-08-28 21:56

Uncle Sam sued by rights warriors probing claims of silent snooping on suspicious rides The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has sued [PDF] the US Department of Homeland Security to find out...

EFF, OTI Respond to UK's Online Harms Legislative Proposal
2019-07-05 13:02

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and New America's Open Technology Institute (OTI) have published their combined response to the UK government's Online Harms White Paper. The white paper,...

Gmail Confidential Mode misleading users with security claims, EFF says
2018-07-23 18:20

Even though users can set an expiration date for emails, the EFF said that Google can still access the message data.

EFF Sues to Repeal Controversial Online Sex Trafficking FOSTA Law
2018-06-29 17:51

The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Thursday announced a lawsuit against the recently passed controversial FOSTA law.