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10+ most popular EFF articles, as voted by our community.
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EFF on Copyright
Facing Criticism from All Sides, EU’s Terrible Copyright Amendments Stumble into the New Year
Today, EU negotiators in Strasbourg struggled to craft the final language of the Copyright in the Single Digital Market Directive, in their last possible meeting for 2019. They failed, thanks in large…
Leaks Show Europe's Attempts to Fix the Copyright Directive Are Failing
The EU’s “Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive” is closer than ever to becoming law in 28 European countries, and the deep structural flaws in its most controversial clauses have never…
EFF on Cybersecurity
You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads.
Add “a phone number I never gave Facebook for targeted advertising” to the list of deceptive and invasive ways Facebook makes money off your personal information. Contrary to user expectations and Facebook representatives’ own previous statements, the company has been using contact information that...
EFF on Europe
Today, Europe Lost The Internet. Now, We Fight Back.
Today, in a vote that split almost every major EU party, Members of the European Parliament adopted every terrible proposal in the new Copyright Directive and rejected every good one, setting the…
EFF on Privacy
Ban Online Behavioral Advertising
Tech companies earn staggering profits by targeting ads to us based on our online behavior. This incentivizes all online actors to collect as much of our behavioral information as possible, and then…
«Profile: Ad tech companies and data brokers that receive this information try to link it to what they already know about the user in question.»
Don't Play in Google's Privacy Sandbox
Last week, Google announced a plan to “build a more private web.” The announcement post was, frankly, a mess. The company that tracks user behavior on over ⅔ of the web said that “Privacy is paramount…
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How to Disable Ad ID Tracking on iOS and Android, and Why You Should Do It Now
The ad identifier - aka “IDFA” on iOS, or “AAID” on Android - is the key that enables most third-party tracking on mobile devices. Disabling it will make it substantially harder for advertisers and…
The Pursuit of Emptiness: Why Americans Have Never Been A Happy Bunch
Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness. -Chuang-tzu (369-286 B.C.)
«He's not even talking, as one might easily and incorrectly conclude, about lying in wait for happiness. He's talking about making yourself genuinely available to it.»
Facebook Says Apple is Too Powerful. They're Right.
In December, 2020, Apple did something insanely great. They changed how iOS, their mobile operating system, handled users’ privacy preferences, so that owners of iPhones and other iOS devices could…
Behind the One-Way Mirror: A Deep Dive Into the Technology of Corporate Surveillance
It's time to shed light on the technical methods and business practices behind third-party tracking. For journalists, policy makers, and concerned consumers, this paper will demystify the fundamentals…
Set Up HTTPS by Default in Your Browser
Note: HTTPS Everywhere will sunset in January 2023. Read more here: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/09/https-actually-everywhereYou no longer need HTTPS Everywhere to set HTTPS by default! Major…
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