More Bay Area Jurisdictions Adopt Civilian Control of Police Spy Tech

This week, two California jurisdictions joined the growing movement to subject government surveillance technology to democratic transparency and civilian control. Each culminated a local process spearheaded by concerned residents who campaigned for years.
First, on Monday, the City of Palo Alto voted 8-1 to adopt an ordinance to “Establish Criteria and Procedures for Protecting Personal Privacy When Considering the Acquisition and Use of Surveillance Technologies, and Provide for Ongoing Monitoring and Reporting.” Like a handful of similar ordinances adopted across the Bay Area over the past two years, it includes several requirements.
The new ordinance requires any proposed acquisition of surveillance technology to…

More Bay Area Jurisdictions Adopt Civilian Control of Police Spy Tech

Tomorrow! Join Us For a Reddit AMA On Defending Security Researchers From Copyright Law

Have you ever wanted to talk with the Electronic Frontier Foundation about the risks of talking in public about security issues, especially in connected Internet of Things devices? Tomorrow, you’ll get your chance.
Information security has never been more important: now that everything from a car to a voting machine is just a computer in a fancy case, being able to tell the difference between secure systems and insecure ones is a literal life-or-death matter.
But security researchers have never faced more threats. When security researchers divulge flaws in computers, the companies that make those computers are often tempted to shoot the messenger,…

Tomorrow! Join Us For a Reddit AMA On Defending Security Researchers From Copyright Law