Victory in California! Police Instructors Can’t Claim Copyright Protections to Block Release of Use-of-Force and Other Training Materials

Victory in California! Police Instructors Can’t Claim Copyright Protections to Block Release of Use-of-Force and Other Training Materials

Favorite After a two-year legal battle, the state agency that certifies police officers in California has agreed to EFF’s demand that it stop using copyright concerns as a predicate to withhold law enforcement training materials from public scrutiny. The immediate impact of this victory for transparency is the public will be able to visit the…

SFPD Obtained Live Access to Business Camera Network in Anticipation of Tyre Nichols Protest

Favorite New documents EFF received through public records requests have revealed that the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) received live access to the hundreds of surveillance cameras that comprise the Union Square Business Improvement District’s (USBID) camera network in anticipation of potential protests following the police killing of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee. The protests…

Coded Resistance, the Comic!

Coded Resistance, the Comic!

Favorite Illustrations by Chelsea Saunders, produced in collaboration with the Nib. From the days of chattel slavery until the modern Black Lives Matter movement, Black communities have developed innovative ways to communicate to fight back against oppression. EFF’s Director of Engineering, Alexis Hancock, documented this important history of codes, ciphers, underground telecommunications and even dance…

San Francisco Police Illegally Used Surveillance Cameras at the George Floyd Protests. The Courts Must Stop Them

Favorite Update: This post has been updated to reflect that the hearing date in this case has been moved to January 21. By Hope Williams, Nathan Sheard, and Nestor Reyes The authors are community activists who helped organize and participated in protests against police violence in San Francisco after the murder of George Floyd. A…

EFF to Court: Stop SFPD from Spying on Protesters for Black Lives

Favorite EFF and the ACLU of Northern California recently filed a brief asking the San Francisco Superior Court to rule that the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) violated the law when it obtained and used a remote, live link to a business district’s surveillance camera network to monitor protests in the wake of George Floyd’s…

We Have Questions for DEF CON's Puzzling Keynote Speaker, DHS Secretary Mayorkas

Favorite The Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will be giving a DEF CON keynote address this year. Those attending this weekend’s hybrid event will have a unique opportunity to “engage” with the man who heads the department responsible for surveillance of immigrants, Muslims, Black activists, and other marginalized communities. We at EFF, as longtime…

Emails from 2016 Show Amazon Ring's Hold on the LAPD Through Camera Giveaways

Emails from 2016 Show Amazon Ring's Hold on the LAPD Through Camera Giveaways

Favorite In March 2016, “smart” doorbell camera maker Ring was a growing company attempting to market its wireless smart security camera when it received an email from an officer in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Gang and Narcotics Division, who was interested in purchasing a slew of devices. The Los Angeles detective wanted 20…

Seattle and Portland: Say No to Public-Private Surveillance Networks

Favorite An organization calling itself Safe Cities Northwest is aiming to create public-private surveillance networks in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. The organization claims that it is building off of a “successful model for public safety” that it built in San Francisco. However, it’s hard to call that model successful when it has been at…

LAPD Requested Ring Footage of Black Lives Matter Protests

LAPD Requested Ring Footage of Black Lives Matter Protests

Favorite Along with other civil liberties organizations and activists, EFF has long warned that Amazon Ring and other networked home surveillance devices could be used to monitor political activity and protests. Now we have documented proof that our fears were founded. According to emails obtained by EFF, the LAPD sent requests to Amazon Ring users…

San Francisco Takes Small Step to Establish Oversight Over Business Association Surveillance

Favorite The San Francisco Board of Supervisors last week voted unanimously in favor of requiring all special business districts—such as the Union Square Business Improvement District (USBID)—to bring any new surveillance plans to the Board before adopting new technologies.  The resolution—passed in the wake of an EFF investigation, a lawsuit brought by local activists, and…