EFF in the News
The anti-piracy bill, which goes before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, makes the streaming of unauthorized content a felony. Which is all well and good, but as the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns, the bill's "vague language would create devastating new tools for silencing legitimate speech all around the Web."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group dedicated to protecting users’ digital rights, on Tuesday posted an enormously helpful blog entry describing and illustrating in basic terms the various versions of the controversial Carrier IQ software installed in the background on upwards of 140 million mobile phones worldwide.
EFF has some harsh words and stern advice for the company to make this right.
So, CNET, here's what you need to do to really make it right:
Stop bundling adware into your installer.
“Do you want your conservative friends to know that you watched a hyperviolent “Saw” movie or movies about the gay experience like ‘Brokeback Mountain’?” says Kevin Bankston, a senior staff lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil rights group in San Francisco. “Do you want your liberal friends to know you watch an enormous amount of religious movies?”
And never a better time because, right now, every dollar you give to EFF will be matched three to one by Blake Krikorian and by the Brin Wojcicki Foundation.
"In one fell swoop, the panel opinion creates a new theory of criminal liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act," wrote EFF senior staff attorney Marcia Hofmann and staff attorney Hanni Fakhoury in an amicus curiae brief, "that gives employers the discretion to define what is and is not a federal crime."
But as the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Jillian York point out the problems for activists have not ended there. “Restrictions from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) still appear to prevent communications tools and services from being exported to Syrians without a license,” she writes. “We think that because of these restrictions, Syrians still cannot access Google products Chrome and Earth, cannot download Java, among various other tools, and cannot use hosting services like Rackspace, SuperGreenHosting and others.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wants to change that: it has petitioned the US Copyright Office to make jailbreaking and rooting universally acceptable under law.