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Encryption Backdoor State Level

States Join the Encryption Battle, Push for Legislation at the State Level

The encryption battle continues! And now, it’s making it’s way to state legislatures. We’ve written before about the power that individual US states have, and how this power can be used to enact privacy legislation. In many cases this is a positive, when…

CISA Passes Senate

CISA Surveillance Bill Passes Congress

The U.S. House of Representative and Senate has just voted to pass a massive $1.1 trillion spending package to fund federal agencies through next fall. Wrapped into this package was a bill now known as the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, formerly known as CISA…

Privacy Battle with Government

2015: A Pivotal Year in the Online Privacy Battle

This year has been eventful, with the battle over online privacy – and the battle between governments and consumers over this privacy – in the forefront. From the hotly debated backdoor encryption issue in the United States, to the proliferation of Data Retention…

Tell Congress to Reform ECPA

Last week we wrote about the encouraging bipartisan support for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), and progress being made towards a vote on updated legislation. ECPA sets the rules for when police and the government can read our email, look at…

It’s About Time: ECPA Reform Considered by US House Judiciary Committee

ECPA, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, was debated by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. The law was originally passed in 1986, and allows the government (law enforcement) to access digital communications, such as emails, without a warrant if they have been…

All About ECPA

ECPA, The Email Communications Privacy Act, will be discussed in U.S. Congress on December 1, 2015. In advance of this we wanted to provide an overview of ECPA – what it is and how we’d like to see it reformed. What is it?…

Australia Data Retention Act

Australia’s Data Retention Law Goes into Effect

The Australia Data Retention Act officially goes into effect today. And with it, what many are calling an end to privacy for Australians. The Data Retention Act requires telcos and ISPS to retain customer metadata for 24 months. As outlined in a CNET…

California Passes Landmark Digital Privacy Law

The new, comprehensive law protects digital privacy, including location data, content, email, metadata and even device searches. It requires a warrant for searching digital records or other device data, and is being described as a “landmark” piece of legislation in digital privacy. More…

Stand up for strong encryption

Tell the President to “Defend Strong Encryption” and Help Save Crypto

Update – March 18: EFF, the organization behind this petition (along with Access Now and the ACLU), are pushing a new phase of the campaign this week. Save Crypto is asking users to tweet at President Obama directly and ask him to defend strong…

Future of the Internet

Decide the Future of the Internet: Tell Congress to Stop CISA

Image Credit: Fight for the Future Fight for the Future, in partnership with Restore The Fourth, released a “political scoreboard” last week, which rates U.S. politicians based upon their stance on Internet privacy. This scoreboard is organized by state, and shows who is…