Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien in the international director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and has been an activist for online free speech and privacy for over 15 years. In his home country of the UK, he fought against repressive anti-encryption law, and helped make the UK Parliament more transparent with FaxYourMP.  He was EFF's activist from 2005 to 2007, and its international outreach coordinator from 2007-2009.

Articles by this author

The message to the U.S. government is simple: Fix U.S. mass surveillance, or undermine one of the United States’ major industries. (Photo: NSA) Views
Saturday, July 18, 2020
EU Court Again Rules That NSA Spying Makes U.S. Companies Inadequate for Privacy
The European Union’s highest court today made clear —once again—that the US government’s mass surveillance programs are incompatible with the privacy rights of EU citizens. The judgment was made in the latest case involving Austrian privacy advocate and EFF Pioneer Award winner Max Schrems . It...
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The passing of the Directive will still leave that division between the Polish people and the media establishment, with politicians struggling to find a domestic solution that won’t damage their prospects with either group. (Photo: EFF) Views
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next?
In a stunning rejection of the will of five million online petitioners , and over 100,000 protestors this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright in the Digital Single Market...
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"These are the kind of user-empowering features that some companies would rather you didn't know too much about, so don't be surprised if the only news you hear about them comes from poring over these changes to long documents." ( Photo: Wikimotive) Views
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Why Am I Getting All These Terms of Service Update Emails?
Anyone looking at their inbox in the last few months might think that the Internet companies have collectively returned from a term-of-service writers' retreat. Company after company seem to have simultaneously decided that your privacy is tremendously important to them, and collectively beg you...
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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined US Tech and Europeans' Privacy
The spread of knowledge about the NSA's surveillance programs has shaken the trust of customers in U.S. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple: especially non-U.S. customers who have discovered how weak the legal protections over their data is under U.S. law. It should come as no...
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Thursday, October 01, 2015
France's Government Aims to Give Itself—and the NSA—Carte Blanche to Spy on the World
The United States makes an improper division between surveillance conducted on residents of the United States and the surveillance that is conducted with almost no restraint upon the rest of the world. This double standard has proved poisonous to the rights of Americans and non-Americans alike. In...
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
The Day the World Fought Back
Mass surveillance of electronic communications is a vast, new, government intrusion on the privacy of innocent people worldwide. It is a violation of International human rights law. Without checks and balances, its use will continue to spread from country to country, corrupting democracies and empowering dictators.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Surveillance at the United Nations
The surveillance scandal has now reached the United Nation’s Human Rights Council , which opened its
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