EFF in the News
Apple and Dropbox have joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in taking a stand for user privacy. In other words, they will not hand over your private files to the Feds if asked--they'll only hand them over if presented with a search warrant.
Apple was one of thirteen companies that the EFF called on to join the Digital Due Process group, which includes the EFF, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Centre for Democracy and Technology, AT&T, Ebay, and Comcast. Cloud storage service Dropbox also agreed to join.
Apple and Dropbox have joined the Digital Due Process coalition, according to an announcement yesterday from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of the sponsors of the group.
But "there is little value in having a nicely-conceived encryption tool if the implementations that people actually use are filled with security bugs," wrote Dan Auerbach and Chris Palmer of the EFF. "Therefore, we decided to do an audit to find and fix some of those bugs."
Civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation on Thursday awarded Apple a "gold star" in recognition of its efforts to "fight for user privacy in Congress" by joining the group. Cloud-based storage provider Dropbox also received a star for joining the coalition.
Corynne McSherry, a lawyer and copyright expert with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco organization that advocates for digital rights for consumers, says ISPs’ legal obligations when it comes to potential copyright violators don’t extend to sending them settlement notices.
As the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes, Apple (and Dropbox) have joined up with the Digital Due Process group which seeks to modernize digital surveilance laws.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and a coalition of intelligence experts and whistleblowers filed an amicus brief in the case Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation v. Obama to stop a government attempt to bury another lawsuit challenging illegal surveillance with baseless claims of “state secrets.”
The feature builds upon the EFF's SSL Observatory project, which maps the web of SSL certificates that forms an online network of trust. The survey found that more than 650 organizations act as certificate authorities.
Hanni Fakhoury, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, explained why law-abiding citizens should worry about warrantless cell phone searches.