EFF in the News
"When (Facebook) started, it was a private space for communication with a group of your choice," the EFF's timeline written by attorney Kurt Opsahl explains. "Soon, it transformed into a platform where much of your information is public by default. Today, it has become a platform where you have no choice but to make certain information public, and this public information may be shared by Facebook with its partner websites and used to target ads."
A group of privacy groups sent their principles for controlling data collection and use, in a letter to be sent to members of Congress on Monday. The groups include the Center for Digital Democracy, the Consumer Federation of America, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the United States Public Interest Research Group and the World Privacy Forum.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has written a 12-step guide to protecting your online privacy. The guide explains how to make sure you are not "shedding" your personal details online and provides handy tips about configuring your web browser preferences, setting up "clean" email addresses, and common sense tips about staying safe (and private) on the web.
We aren't lawyers. If you don't believe us, take a look at our paychecks. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's civil liberty director (how rad is that job title?), Jennifer Granick, however, is in fact, a lawyer. Granick took a few minutes out of her hectic civil liberty directing schedule to give some smart answers to some of Brian's dumb questions about the recent raid of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home.
Political pressure could disrupt Facebook's efforts to extend its reach to other websites and make its already popular service even more attractive to marketers, says Kurt Opsahl, a staff attorney at Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit that closely follows online privacy.
"What upsets people is the loss of control over who gets to see your information," Opsahl says. "While Facebook may define (its new feature) as 'public information,' people still want to be able to control who can get that information."
Matt Zimmerman, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online civil liberties group, said in an interview that Gizmodo would most likely argue that the authorities had no right to enter Mr. Chen’s home because he is a journalist working at home, and so his home is a de-facto newsroom.
"You have a reporter who is disseminating newsworthy information to the public that are supposed to be protected from search and seizures. These protections apply to people who collect information in order to report it to the public regardless of what name you slap on them; blogger, journalist or whatever," Jennifer Ganick, the EFFs civil liberties director told BBC News.
Gwen Hinze, Rechtsexpertin und internationale Geschäftsführerin der einflussreichen Nichtregierungsorganisation Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco erklärt, was es mit dem Abkommen auf sich hat.
Frustrated by her inability to draw any conclusions from her passenger records, Ms. In ‘t Veld, aided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group based in San Francisco, asked for any records held on her by the Department of Homeland Security or other federal agencies.
Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said Chen is protected from a warrant by both state and federal laws...
“Congress was contemplating a situation where someone might claim that the journalist was committing a crime [in order to seize materials from them],” Granick says.