Cindy Cohn

Cindy Cohn is legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), as well as its general counsel, coordinating over 40 national class action lawsuits against the telecommunications carriers and the government seeking to stop warrantless NSA surveillance

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 7:30am
Flawed Oversight Board Report Endorses NSA's General Warrants
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued a legally flawed and factually incomplete report late Tuesday that endorses Section 702 surveillance. Hiding behind the “complexity” of the technology, it gives short shrift to the very serious privacy concerns that the surveillance has...
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Protesters rally against mass surveillance in Washington DC, on Saturday October 26, 2013. (Photo: Stephen Melkisethian/ Creative Commons/ Flickr) Views
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 6:45am
The Top 5 Claims That Defenders of the NSA Have to Stop Making to Remain Credible
Over the past year, as the Snowden revelations have rolled out, the government and its apologists have developed a set of talking points about mass spying that the public has now heard over and over again. From the President, to Hilary Clinton to Rep. Mike Rogers, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and many...
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 10:18am
Pete Seeger and the NSA
I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical beliefs, or how I voted in any election, or any of these private affairs. I think these are very improper questions for any American to be asked, especially under such compulsion as this. Pete Seeger, 1955, testimony pursuant to subpoena before the House Un-American Activities Committee .
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Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 2:16pm
Rating Obama’s NSA Reform Plan
Earlier today, President Obama announced a series of reforms to address abuses by the National Security Agency. We were heartened to see Obama recognized that the NSA has gone too far in trampling the privacy rights of people worldwide.
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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 12:47pm
Scorecard: Will Obama Hit the Mark on Real NSA Reform?
On Friday, President Barack Obama will announce changes and potential reforms he will make to the National Security Agency (NSA). What can we expect?
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Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:58am
The NSA is Making Us All Less Safe
"Computers are everywhere.
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Friday, August 16, 2013 - 8:50am
NSA Spying: The Three Pillars of Government Trust Have Fallen
With each recent revelation about the NSA's spying programs government officials have tried to reassure the American people that all three branches of government—the Executive branch, the Judiciary branch, and the Congress—knowingly approved these programs and exercised rigorous oversight over them.
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Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 9:44am
Obama Administration Releases Previously Secret Legal Opinion on NSA's Associational Tracking Program
The Administration released a White Paper on Friday that summarized its claimed legal basis for the bulk collection of telephony metadata, also known as the Associational Tracking Program under section 215 of the Patriot Act, codified as 50 U.S.C. section 1861 . While we’ll certainly be saying more about this analysis in the future, the paper makes one central point clear:
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Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 6:20am
Confirmed: The NSA is Spying on Millions of Americans
Late on Wednesday, the Guardian newspaper confirmed what EFF (and many others) have long claimed : the NSA is conducting widespread, untargeted, domestic surveillance on millions of Americans.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 9:26am
5 Overlooked Lessons From the AP Subpoena Controversy and Other Leak Investigations
The journalism world has been rightly outraged by the Justice Department dragging the Associated Press (and now a Fox News reporter ) into one of its sprawling leak investigations.
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