EFF in the News
"Until they show us the algorithm and the exhaustive factors of what goes into the algorithm, the public should be concerned about whether the program further replicates racial disparities in the criminal justice system," said Adam Schwartz, a staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Government over a provision within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that it says impinges on free speech and hobbles security researchers ability to do their job.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the US government over ‘unconstitutional’ use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
"Corporate platforms have, in many ways, taken on the role of the town square, or public sphere," said a blog post this year from Jillian York, a writer and activist who works with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"It is impossible to ignore the effect corporate limitations on speech can have on societies."
"The ISPs were actually throttling the traffic to make it so slow as to render the websites and the services almost completely unusable," said Eva Galperin, global policy analyst with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Galeprin says it's a move used to control the narrative about what's happening on the streets. Though she says censorship is so common, many Turkish people also know how to circumvent it.
Jillian C. York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told The Electronic Intifada that US-based social media companies “are only somewhat responsible for the content they host.”
But she added that holding Internet companies responsible for user’s content, called intermediary liability, is a “global problem with real risks.” EFF and other digital rights organizations are pushing for global intermediary protections.
"This is a groundbreaking decision that helps protect privacy rights around the world," said Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"The court recognized the vital privacy protections under the SCA, and correctly ruled that the government can't use a U.S. search warrant to force Internet service providers to reach email stored outside the U.S.," he told the E-Commerce Times.
Jamie Williams is an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights non-profit. She breaks down the cases and what they mean for letting friends and family use your Hulu password.
This settles a long-running ambiguity in how US law should handle search warrants when data is increasingly scattered in storage centers around the world. And it could represent a new privacy assurance for foreigners under investigation by American authorities and even for Americans whose data ends up in foreign data centers. “This is a big win for privacy,” says Nate Cardozo, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “It circumscribes the US government’s power abroad. It reiterates the rule that US law doesn’t apply outside the US …[And] it keeps foreigners’ data secure from the US government, which has shown again and again that it’s willing to overstep reasonable bounds on its power.”
Jamie Williams, a legal fellow and lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says the CFAA needs to be amended to clarify what is and isn't a crime, so "prosecutors do not have broad discretion to just go after whatever violation they choose to at any particular point in time for any given reason."
She says the EFF has been arguing for CFAA reform ever since the Aaron Swartz case. Swartz was a computer prodigy and activist who faced charges of computer fraud and possibly years in federal prison because he downloaded millions of pages of academic articles. Swartz supporters, including Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, say the Justice Department had taken this out of hand. Swartz hanged himself in 2013.
Williams says overly broad interpretations of the statute will become more and more relevant as more of our thermostats and other household devices are connected to the cloud. Those are also "protected" devices under the CFAA, and she says sharing those passwords could also be seen as violations of the terms of service and thus the CFAA. The tech companies agree, and so does the dissenting judge.