EFF Sues AT&T, Data Aggregators For Giving Bounty Hunters and Other Third Parties Access to Customers’ Real-Time Locations

EFF Sues AT&T, Data Aggregators For Giving Bounty Hunters and Other Third Parties Access to Customers’ Real-Time Locations SAN FRANCISCO — The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP filed a class action lawsuit today on behalf of AT&T customers in California to stop the telecom giant and two data location aggregators from allowing numerous entities—including bounty hunters, car dealerships, landlords, and stalkers—to access wireless customers’ real-time locations without authorization. An investigation by Motherboard earlier this year revealed that any cellphone user’s precise, real-time location…

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The History of Cellular Network Security Doesn’t Bode Well for 5G

The History of Cellular Network Security Doesn’t Bode Well for 5G By EFF Threat Lab There’s been quite a bit of media hype about the improvements 5G is set to supposedly bring to users, many of which are no more than telecom talking points. One aspect of the conversation that’s especially important to get right is whether or not 5G will bring much-needed security fixes to cell networks. Unfortunately, we will still need to be concerned about these issues—and more—in 5G. Past security flaws in the design of cell network…

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30 Years Since Tiananmen Square: The State of Chinese Censorship and Digital Surveillance

30 Years Since Tiananmen Square: The State of Chinese Censorship and Digital Surveillance By EFF Threat Lab Thirty years ago today, the Chinese Communist Party used military force to suppress a peaceful pro-democracy demonstration by thousands of university students. Hundreds (some estimates go as high as thousands) of innocent protesters were killed. Every year, people around the world come together to mourn and commemorate the fallen; within China, however, things are oddly silent. The Tiananmen Square protest is one of the most tightly censored topics in China. The Chinese government’s…

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The Mueller Report Can’t Be Copyrighted, Is Flagged by Copyright Bots Anyway

The Mueller Report Can’t Be Copyrighted, Is Flagged by Copyright Bots Anyway By EFF Did you know that anything created by federal government employees, under American law, can’t be copyrighted? They go right into the public domain. That means it’s impossible for there to be any copyright infringement on, say, a report by the Special Counsel on the investigation into the President and his presidential campaign. But the copyright-enforcement bots on Scribd have been busy taking down copies of the Mueller report all the same. Scribd is a service that…

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