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EFFector - Volume 25, Issue 5 - Hazards of Digital Locks Provisions: Censorship Fears in Canada's C-11 Bill


EFFector - Volume 25, Issue 5 - Hazards of Digital Locks Provisions: Censorship Fears in Canada's C-11 Bill

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Hazards of Digital Locks Provisions: Censorship Fears in Canada's C-11 Bill

While copyright owners claim that they need anti-circumvention laws to address copyright infringement, twelve years' experience with the U.S. DMCA provisions demonstrates that overbroad digital locks laws can wreak havoc on lawful, non-infringing activities, stifle free speech and scientific research, and harm innovation and competition. Small wonder that a broad range of groups in Canada have come out against the unforgiving nature of Canada's C-11 Bill, including librarians, content creators, rights advocates and others.

Encrypt the Web: Tell Online Dating Sites to Stop Slovenly Privacy Habits

For many years, EFF has been working to encrypt the Web, pushing websites to adopt better security and providing users with tools to protect themselves. This month, we're looking at online dating sites, which can be particularly negligent in safeguarding the sensitive data of users. Our analysis found these sites failed to implement even basic levels of security, but we were particularly concerned about the negligent security practices we discovered on the free dating site OkCupid. We've contacted the site and asked them to improve, but we could use your help. Send OkCupid an email today asking them to implement HTTPS.

Researchers Use EFF's SSL Observatory To Discover Widespread Cryptographic Vulnerabilities

Using data from EFF's SSL Observatory project, a team of researchers conducted an audit of the public keys used to protect HTTPS. Lenstra's team has discovered tens of thousands of keys that offer effectively no security due to weak random number generation algorithms. The consequences of these vulnerabilities are extremely serious.

EFF Updates

Six Heartbreaking Truths about Online Dating Privacy

Millions of people are using online dating sites to search for love or connection, but users should beware: many online dating sites are taking short cuts in safeguarding the privacy and security of users. Whether it's due to counter-intuitive privacy settings or serious security flaws, users of online dating profiles risk their privacy and security every day. We've put together six sobering facts about online dating services and a few suggestions for routing around the privacy pitfalls.

Comparing Privacy and Security Practices on Online Dating Sites

Concerned about your privacy when you use online dating sites? You should be. We found that the majority of the sites we examined did not take even basic security precautions, leaving users vulnerable to having their personal information exposed or their entire account taken over when using shared networks, such as at coffee shops or libraries.

A Better Path for Apps: Respecting Users and Their Privacy

Earlier this week, a Singapore-based iOS software developer made a startling discovery while working with the popular social-networking app Path: in the course of every new account creation, Path uploads the new user's entire iPhone address book to their servers. The strong user reaction demonstrates that even as norms of sharing evolve online and in the social networking space, users still value their privacy highly.

India's Downward Spiral

The world's biggest democracy is a formidable power in the IT sector. Despite playing such a role -- or perhaps because of it -- India has struggled to strike a balance between its security concerns and online freedom. Though the country's constitution guarantees the right to freedom of expression, the state is given the right to impose "reasonable restrictions ... in the interests of the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security of the State, friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, defamation, or incitement to an offence."

Iran Ratchets Up Its Internet Censorship

The Iranian government has not openly acknowledged these new measures. However, they are widely thought to be preliminary steps towards a nation-wide Halal Internet that would cut off a majority of citizens from the global web -- replacing it with one that would effectively block all foreign sites, allowing only state-controlled content to be accessed within Iran.

What the RIAA Won't Tell You: Users Matter

The New York Times published a lengthy screed from Cary Sherman, president of the Recording Industry Association of America, complaining about how "Google and Wikipedia" got in the way of efforts to ram through the Internet blacklist bills, never mind the massive collateral damage to Internet security, expression, and innovation those bills would have caused. The op-ed's really unfortunate message is that Hollywood still thinks the way forward is for a few executives to sit down together and make a deal.


The perpetual, invisible window into your Gmail inbox

Since Gmail added OAuth support, an increasing number of startups are asking for a perpetual, silent window into your inbox. While hugely convenient for both developers and users, OAuth may be paving the way for an inevitable privacy meltdown.

Amnesty International: EU urged to reject international anti-counterfeiting pact

Amnesty International urged EU governments not to join the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), branding it a "Pandora's box" of potential human rights violations.

We are the media, and so are you

In a Washington Post op-ed, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales explains that it's users, not corporate interests, who won the SOPA/PIPA fight.


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