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According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) audit of June 30, 2016 (Note 12, Risks, Uncertainties and Concentrations):

"During the year ended June 30, 2014, the Corporation [EFF] hired the spouse of the Development Director to serve as the Finance Director of EFF. This action increased the inherent risk of fraud due to the proximity of the working relationship between the married individuals and their access to the Corporation's assets. Controls were implemented to reduce the direct working relationship between the married individuals. These include: 1) requiring either the Executive Director, Legal Director or General Counsel to sign off on all withdrawals from any EFF financial accounts, 2) implementing procedures that require others to review all transactions initiated by either of the married individuals, and 3) creating a separate weekly review process for each individual with the Executive Director to help identify any potential conflicts. This hiring was made with the knowledge of the Board of Directors."

"The Corporation [EFF] relies on a significant amount of funding received in the form of donations and grants from individuals and foundations as well as investment income to support its operations. The current global financial markets may have an impact on the level of funding provided by these funding sources and the market value of marketable equity securities held by the Corporation. While it is impracticable to determine the impact of these events, management is taking steps to address potential changes in funding levels and reduce the Corporation's exposure to impact from these events."

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