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Electronic Frontier Foundation Announces New Patent Busting Campaign

San Francisco, CA - In light of growing concerns about illegitimate software and Internet patents, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today announced a new initiative to combat the chilling effects bad patents have on public and consumer interests. "Patents traditionally only targeted large commercial companies," said EFF Staff Attorney Jason...

Did the RIAA Secretly Lobby the FCC for a Digital Radio Tech Mandate?

Just over a year ago, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) issued a policy statement condemning government-mandated technical protection measures for digital content. "The imposition of technical mandates is not the best way to serve the long-term interests of record companies, technology companies, and consumers," read the statement...

Gmail: A Rough Guide to Protecting Your Privacy

As we noted last week, Google has introduced a new beta email service called "Gmail" that raises a number of privacy concerns. While the media has largely focused on the fact that Gmail will scan the contents of your email messages in order to target ads, the more serious...

Electronic Frontier Foundation Files Comments on FBI Plan

Washington, D.C. - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission opposing an FBI proposal that would extend a decade-old telephone surveillance law to the Internet. The Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (CALEA) forced telecommunications carriers like your phone company to build...

Google's Gmail and Your Privacy -- The Scoop

Google's announcement last week of its new Gmail email service sparked widespread speculation about the possible impact it would have on users' privacy. Among the questions EFF has been asking: What information would Google pull from email? Would it log this information? For how long? Could your Gmail address...

Digital Imprimatur in a Nutshell

Via Howard Rheingold comes David Weinberger's NPR talk on emerging technologies that could significantly limit our ability to use and create with digital content -- the "triple threat" of content lockdown: Digital Rights Management (DRM), digital identity and trusted computing. Rheingold observes that "This talk should recall...

From the Mouths of Babes

An attorney lets his 10 year-old install a computer game. Here's what happens: So my 10 year-old took the lead and started installing the software. When he got to the license agreement, he quipped, "Let's see, it says I have to click 'accept' to continue. Well DUH! It's not...

Gmail May Violate EU Privacy Laws

Reuters: "'This is not just 'buyer beware.' Consumers should be aware that there's a vast violation of European law occurring here,' said Simon Davies, director of Privacy International, a citizens' group with offices in Britain and the United States. [...] Privacy groups said they were also concerned about Google's...

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