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EFF Privacy Issues Highlights [timeline]

Here are the timeline of the pervious major Issues that found and get reacted by EFF


  • August 31: EFF asked an appeal court to make sure that a click on URL isn’t enough to get a search warrant for a house. [Complete Text]
  • August 30: The EFF and ALUC urged the state’s highest courts in Massachusetts and Maine to rule that law enforcement agents need a warrant to access real-time location information from cell phones. [Complete Text]
  • May 31: EFF’s report revealed that the social media and app store platforms such as Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and YouTube are leaders in transparency publicly disclosing how often and why they comply with takedown requests, and notifying users when their posts are targeted for removal. [Complete Text]
  • May 23: EFF filed an amicus brief on behalf of the plaintiffs who were blocked by the President Trump on Twitter because they criticize him which is a violation of First Amendment. [Complete Text]
  • May 14: EFF sued the Texas A&M University for violation PETA’s free speech rights by blocking the group from its official Facebook. [Complete Text]
  • May 10: EFF and ACLU won a court ruling allowing their groundbreaking lawsuit challenging unconstitutional searches of electronic devices at the U.S. border to proceed. [Complete Text]
  • May 7: EFF and coalition partners push tech companies like Google, Facebook, and other social media to be more transparent and accountable about censoring user content. [Complete Text]
  • April 19: EFF and ACLU appear in federal court to fight against the U.S government’s attempt to block their lawsuit over the illegal laptop and smartphone searches at the country’s borders. [Complete Text]
  • January 19: EFF asked the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to limit the highly intrusive searches of government at the border by requiring federal agents to obtain a warrant if they want to access the contents of travelers’ phones. [Complete Text]


  • November 30: EFF filed suit against the Department of Justice, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Homeland Security today. They demanded information about secretive government tattoo recognition technology. [Complete Text]
  • November 6: EFF told the court, the Trump’s blocking off people from his Twitter account violates the First Amendment. [Complete Text]
  • September 12: EFF and ACLU sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on behalf of 11 travelers whose mobile phones and laptops were searched at the border without any warrant. [Complete Text]
  • August 31: EFF and ACLU won the case that the license plate data of millions of law-abiding drivers, collected indiscriminately by police across the state, are not “investigative records” that law enforcement can keep secret. [Complete Text]
  • August 14: EFF urged the US Supreme court to restrict law enforcement from expensive tracking of suspect’s cell phone without a warrant. [Complete Text]
  • August 10: EFF asked the Supreme Court to review and take back unconstitutional NSA surveillance and ruling that allows interception, collection and storage of millions of electronic communication without a warrant. [Complete Text]
  • August 8: EFF said in a court filing that the border agents must have warrants before carrying out highly intrusive searches of traveler’s digital devices. [Complete Text]
  • July 10: EFF released an annual survey which shows that the AT&T, Verizon, and other Telco providers lag behind in protecting users from government access. [Complete Text]
  • June 26: EFF asked the Supreme Court to review the rule which allows police for real-time cell phone tracking without a warrant. [Complete Text]
  • June 7: EFF sued the Department of Justice for records on procedures for ending National Security Letter (NSL) gag orders. [Complete Text]
  • June 2: EFF urges Supreme Court California to allow the public access to License Plate Reader data collection by Los Angeles police. [Complete Text]
  • May 31: EFF filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department to access the FBI’s use of Best Buy informants to conduct warrantless searches of customer’s computers. [Complete Text]
  • May 5: EFF and Sen. Joel Anderson bring a California bill to protect driver’s privacy from Automated License Plate Readers (ALPR) by allowing them to cover license plate while parked. [Complete Text]
  • May 1: EFF urged that an FBI search warrant used to hack thousands of computers around the world was unconstitutional. [Complete Text]
  • April 13: EFF released a report showing that the school children are being spied on by tech companies through devices and software used in classrooms. This often happens without adequate privacy protections or the awareness and consent of parents. [Complete Text]
  • March 21: EFF’s Senior Staff Attorney, Jennifer Lynch testified before House Committee that the use of facial recognition by law enforcement poses a critical threat to privacy. [Complete Text]
  • March 20: EFF told a federal appeals court today that the border agents must have a warrant to search traveler’s phones. They contain highly sensitive information which is protected by the Fourth Amendment. [Complete Text]
  • March 20: EFF asked the appeals court to find that FBI violates the First Amendment when it unilaterally gags recipients of national security letters (NSLs) which should be declared unconstitutional. [Complete Text]
  • March 9: EFF released a guide to give travelers the facts they need to prepare for US border crossing while protecting their digital rights. [Complete Text]
  • February 10: EFF urged the federal appeals court that the FBI search warrants used to hack thousands of computers were unconstitutional. [Complete Text]
  • January 17: EFF tells a federal appeals court that the First Amendment Protections don’t end for anonymous speakers who lose lawsuits. [Complete Text]

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