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Executive Order updated to restrict CIA surveillance powers

Executive Order Updated to Restrict CIA Surveillance Powers…Slightly

With all that’s going in the news lately, some big surveillance news that may have been overlooked in recent weeks are updates to the rules governing how the CIA can spy on Americans. These rules, referred to as Executive Order 12333 (EO 12333)…

Email Privacy Act 2017

Email Privacy Act 2017

Email Privacy Act Passes House by Voice Vote February 6, 2017: The Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387) passed the House of Representatives by a unanimous voice vote on Monday, February 6. We are excited to hear about the bill’s passage, as it includes important…

AT&T Time Warner Merger

AT&T/Time Warner Merger Proposal Raises Privacy Concerns

By now you’ve probably heard that AT&T bid $85 billion dollars to acquire Time Warner in the United States, in a merger that joins a service provider (distribution network) and content company. As company that advocates for privacy, the merger causes concern. Here’s…

The ICANN IANA Transition

ICANN Transition Goes Into Effect

On October 1, 2016, the ICANN/IANA transition officially went into effect. This means the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) now controls the “address book” for the Internet. This address book includes the root zone database and the Internet’s domain name…

Rule 41 Threat of Surveillance

Rule 41 Gets Closer to Law, Threat of Surveillance Increases

Update – November 29, 2016: If no action is taken, Rule 41 and it’s alarming hacking provisions will go into place in two days, on December 1, 2016. This rule is particularly concerning for anyone who uses a VPN, Tor or even disables location settings…

FISA section 702

FISA Section 702 Reform: The Upcoming Debate About Our Freedom

The following is a guest post by Jadzia Butler, the Privacy, Surveillance, and Security Fellow for the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). More information about the author is displayed below. Imagine a world of constant, ubiquitous surveillance where your every move may be…

Stop the proposed changes to rule 41

Join EFF’s Day of Action: Tell the Government to Stop Hacking Computers, Reject Changes to Rule 41

Golden Frog signed on to a coalition letter organized by EFF that aims to stop changes to Rule 41. The changes to federal Rule 41 would allow law enforcement to more easily “break into our computers, take data, and engage in remote surveillance.” The changes…

Coalition Groups Call for End to FISA Section 702

The FISA amendments expire in December of 2017 – but for many coalition groups behind a new website, it’s not too early to start thinking about what will happen next. An effort led by Fight for the Future is advocating for an end to…

ECPA Reform Passes House Judiciary Committee

Tell Senate to Pass the Email Privacy Act House Bill with No Changes

The Email Privacy Act, H.R. 699 (the bill to update ECPA), will be marked up by the Senate tomorrow, May 26, 2016. When the bill comes up, we want the Senate to pass the bill as it passed in the House – without any…

ENCRYPT Act of 2016

Feinstein/Burr Draft Backdoor Encryption Bill Causes Concern

Update – April 20, 2016: Four major tech industry coalitions wrote an open letter to the United States Congress yesterday regarding the Burr-Feinstein bill. The letter expresses their strong opposition to the bill, and cites the bill’s negative consequences for both business and security in…