EFF in the News
“This campaign demonstrated to us that despite the immense influence corporations have over the Capitol, members of the public and civil society groups have the power to throw a wrench into the system and change the course of the national debate on trade policy,” Maira Sutton, Global Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the Daily Dot in an email.
“We may have lost the Fast Track battle, but we can still defeat the TPP and other secret anti-user trade deals,” she added. “When the veil of secrecy over these agreements are finally lifted, when the texts are released before Congress holds a vote to ratify them, we'll use that time to show the American people how toxic these deals are to the Internet and democracy itself.”
"Today, it’s testing at the border, tomorrow it could be facial recognition deployed in public places," Dave Maass, Electronic Frontier Foundation, also said. "Today, the photos taken are being kept segregated from other departments and agencies, tomorrow they could be shared for a whole host of other purposes."
The solution: Don't ask Google anything you would not be comfortable sharing publicly—with your boss, lover or worst enemy. By self-censoring, you limit the information Google can sell advertisers. For highly sensitive searches, for example, health queries, go offline and ask your doctor. Another option? Avoid searching on Google altogether, says Adi Kamdar, an activist with the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"Amazon was the last holdout -- the last major tech company to release a transparency report," said Nate Cardozo, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"They have been very hesitant to release one," he told the E-Commerce Times. "Amazon likes to keep a low profile, which is surprising given the size of the company, so this completes the list of major tech companies releasing these kinds of reports."
In the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s annual “Who’s Got Your Back” privacy scorecard that rates companies’ protection of their users’ data from government surveillance and censorship, Google slipped for the first time, receiving only three stars out of five in the civil liberties group’s ratings. Google had a perfect score in 2014, and some of the best scores in the tech industry for the three earlier years in which the EFF issued its report.
The target of the takedown notice was an embedded image of the Sunday Times front page, which the Sunday Times tweeted on June 13th. Greenwald has stated that he does not intend to comply with the DMCA notice, and it’s likely invalid, according to Corynne McSherry, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who calls the notice "ridiculous." McSherry pointed out that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) doesn’t even apply here because the notice-and-takedown procedure is for "intermediaries"—sites like YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter that host content at the direction of their users.
While The Sunday Times has already received some ridicule for sending out an invalid notice in what appears to be an ill-advised attempt to squelch criticism, it may face little to no legal repercussions. That’s something that the EFF has been fighting for years to change, by arguing for a stronger interpretation of 17 U.S.C. 512(f), which bars "knowing material misrepresentation" of DMCA notices. An important court date awaits them on July 7th, when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Lenz v. Universal — more popularly known as the "dancing baby case."
Jillian York’s not stingy. As much as you might agree with her, she’s always thoughtful enough to throw you a curveball of an idea, something you can really get a purchase on and shake by the neck a bit. Something you might think is utterly wrong. The only problem in arguing with her is that she’s always informed and frequently reasonable.
York is the Director of International Freedom of Speech (the kind of title that makes certain of us want to draw hearts on our homework) at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the premiere online-rights organization.
Her list of credits prior to, and concurrent with, her EFF work is too extensive to list outside of a CV, but they include contributing analysis and op-eds to the New York Times, Al Jazeera, the Atlantic, the Guardian, Al Akhbar English, Slate, Foreign Policy, and Die Zeit; serving as a fellow at the Center for Internet & Human Rights at the European University; and serving on the Board of Directors of Global Voices Online, where she worked before EFF.
We shouldn’t debate whether drones are either good or bad. Instead, with sensible regulations the conveniences of drones will not have to come at the cost of personal safety or privacy. Making sure drones land on the right side of that balance is not up to the technology, but us humans.
Hanni Fakhoury is a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, California, which works to protect civil liberties, privacy, consumer interests and innovation in new technologies.
"A basic privacy principle is that you don't retain data any longer than you have to," said Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"Even 10 years feels long to me," Tien said.
“It’s kind of a fraught conversation, no question,” says Jillian York, the director for international freedom of expression for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “It’s one thing if a block list is public, so it’s transparent, but there are private block lists as well and that’s a little disturbing. I’ve already seen a couple of journalists using them to block people who aren’t even really harassing.”