EFF in the News
Privacy advocates also worry about possible abuse because of the manufacturers’ policy of maintaining all data collected by the cameras unless directed otherwise.
“The longer they keep the data and the more data points you have, the more you can learn about a person’s behavior — where someone goes to church, what doctors they have or where they slept at night,” said Dave Maass, an investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy watchdog group. “Maybe we can predict where somebody is going to be, and we can tell you who their associates are. It can be very invasive over time.”
Cindy Cohn, executive director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said: “Everyone gets at a really visceral level that you have a lot of really personal stuff on this device and if it gets stolen it’s really bad. They know that the same forces that work at trying to get access to sensitive stuff in the cloud are also at work attacking the phones.”
Law enforcement and intelligence officials will get six of the 16 seats on the commission, giving them out-sized power in making recommendations to Congress, said Mark Jaycox, who handles civil liberties issues for EFF. Only two of the panel's members would come from privacy groups.
"We know, definitely, where they (law enforcement) all are — they want to weaken encryption," Jaycox said. "And that's going to make your information — your health records, your credit card numbers, your identity — less secure and more vulnerable to criminals."
"The people who develop our technologies," said Cindy Cohn, director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which tracks digital rights, "are having a bigger and bigger role in all these things."
“We’ve been arguing in all of these cases that it’s important for the court to look at the specifics of the program at issue,” Andrew Crocker, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has advised Hasbajrami and others charged with evidence obtained through NSA programs, told Vocativ. Though Gleeson’s ruling was likely the first instance of the distinction being discussed openly, he did still find against Hasbajrami, saying that he didn’t possess a “reasonable” expectation of privacy.
"The 'Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it," Electronic Frontier Foundation founder John Gilmore famously said.
The outspoken programmer stressed the importance of computer security today, citing the millions of accounts that have been exposed.
Wozniak is a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit digital rights group that has already taken Apple's side in the case and voiced its opinion on the importance of encrypting devices.
"Compelling Apple to build a backdoor for its own product actually undermines the security and personal safety of millions of Americans and others around the world, especially those living under authoritarian regimes," said Sophia Cope, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
It does so "by creating the legal precedent, by weakening the trust users have in software updates supposedly authorized by companies, and by building the technology itself," she told TechNewsWorld.
"Tim Cook is the most influential tech executive in the post-Snowden firmament," says Andrew Crocker, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Through personal beliefs, news events and the importance of privacy to Apple's business, he is the industry's chief advocate."