EFF in the News
Electronic Frontier Foundation staff technologist Peter Eckersley has a good, in-depth analysis of the revelation that Iranian hackers acquired fraudulent SSL certificates for Google, Yahoo, Mozilla and others by spoofing Comodo, a major Certificate Authority.
Cyber attack on HTTPS certificate authority, which appeared to originate in Iran, came close to "Internet-wide security meltdown", says EFF
Bennet first speaks with Kurt Opsahl of Electronic Frontier Foundation, about the actions of Righthaven and their legal war on bloggers.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) notes, “A legal obligation to log users’ Internet use, paired with weak federal privacy laws that allow the government to easily obtain those records, would dangerously expand the government’s ability to surveil its citizens, damage privacy, and chill freedom of expression.”
There are few things copyright trolls and Internet bullies despise more than to find out the EFF is now involved in their legal crusade against alleged file-sharers.
The settlement, which would have allowed Google Books to publish excerpts of books that had gone out of print, was met with opposition by various groups. including Microsoft, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Open Book Alliance.
"It's really up to Congress to step in and provide clear rules for both the government and companies and judges that are faced with these issues," Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco who works on electronic privacy topics, said yesterday. "That's the only way to bring the necessary clarity to the location privacy situation."
The Open Book Alliance, a coalition made up of Microsoft, Amazon, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others, objected to the effort. In a brief to the court, the alliance drew comparisions to John D. Rockfeller's efforts in 1871 to conspire with a handful of railroads to create a cartel that eventually put other rail lines out of business.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and lawyers representing the account holders, including WikiLeaks volunteer Birgitta Jónsdóttir, now a member of Iceland's parliament, opposed the move on First and Fourth Amendment grounds.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit group that backs digital users' rights and has participated in location privacy suits, believes there is another solution.
The foundation points out that there have always been ways to find out someone's location -- hire a guy in a trench coat to follow him, for example.