EFF-Austin advocates establishment and protection of digital rights and defense of the wealth of digital information, innovation, and technology. We promote the right of all citizens to communicate and share information without unreasonable constraint. We also advocate the fundamental right to explore, tinker, create, and innovate along the frontier of emerging technologies.
The 911 system has a problem. As people switch from landlines to mobile phones, more and more 911 calls come from wireless devices. But under current FCC E911 (Enhanced 911) regulations, carriers are only required to provide 911 dispatchers with a mobile phone’s location to within 300 meters, and aren’t required to provide any sort […]
Fighting for government records is sometimes like: … a game of Battleship, but where you have to go to court to force your opponent to tell you whether you even grazed his aircraft carrier. … finding yourself at the doors of the Forty Thieves’ cave, except that you have to rap out “Open Sesame” in […]
Seven leading US digital rights and access to knowledge groups, and over 7,550 users, have called on Sen. Wyden today to oppose any new version of Fast Track (aka trade promotion authority) that does not fix the secretive, corporate-dominated process of trade negotiations. In particular, we urge him to stand strong against any proposed Fast […]
We have a problem when it comes to stopping mass surveillance. The entity that’s conducting the most extreme and far-reaching surveillance against most of the world’s communications—the National Security Agency—is bound by United States law. That’s good news for Americans. U.S. law and the Constitution protect American citizens and legal residents from warrantless surveillance. That […]
Update: The government released two new FISC opinions this evening, both of which concern the transition of NSA surveillance to the oversight of the FISC in 2007. Neither of the two documents, available here and here, is the Raw Take order or the 2008 FAA order. The government has one additional production deadline in this […]
The FAA has settled a case, Huerta v. Pirker, that challenged the agency's ability to regulate the commercial use of drones. The settlement requires the drone operator to pay a $1,100 fine for violating the FAA regulation. Despite the ban, the agency continues to grant exceptions for commercial drone use. A small drone recently crashed […]
EPIC has sent a statement to the House Commerce Committee for the hearing, "What are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?". EPIC had testified before the House Committee in 2011 on data breach notification, urging Congress to set a national baseline standard. EPIC also supports enactment of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. EPIC […]
In a speech at the Computers, Data Protection, and Privacy conference in Brussels, European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli set out a new agenda for the agency. Buttarelli emphasized that "data protection is a top policy priority and a top political priority." CPDP attracted more than 1,000 participants this year.
EPIC has awarded the 2015 International Champion of Freedom Award to former EU Data Protection Supervisor Peter Hustinx. EPIC also gave the 2015 US Privacy Champion Award to Philip Zimmermann, the inventor of PGP. The EPIC awards were presented at the annual conference on Computers Privacy and Data Protection in Brussels. Press release.