EFF in the News
“For Microsoft to take such an enormous step backwards – undermining the security of Hotmail users in countries where freedom of expression is under attack and secure communication is especially important – is deeply disturbing,” wrote EFF International activist Eva Galperin on the Deeplinks blog.
n a statement, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) offered further explanation, and called for a swift correction of the as-of-yet unexplained security snafu:
MCSHERRY: But what we don't want to have the price of that be is a situation where everybody assumes that just because music exists in a video that you should have to get permission for it or you should have to pay for it because in many instances you don't have to.
"We don't even know we are giving up that data." Kevin Bankston, an EFF lawyer, points out that telecommunications companies in the United States do not have to report precisely what material they collect. Based on court cases, he said they appear to be storing more and more of it, and it is becoming more precise.
Eva Galperin, a Electronic Frontier Foundation staffer followed up, and found that the “always-use-HTTPS option in Hotmail for users in more than a dozen countries, including Bahrain, Morocco, Algeria, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Congo, Myanmar, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan, had been turned off.”
Sure, but if Kapor, Wozniak, Gilmore et al. hadn't acquitted themselves so well in the foundation of the EFF and in their advisement of the defense during the Knight Lightning trial/dog and pony show, I think we wouldn't have the freedom of expression we have today.
In the United States, telecommunication companies do not have to report precisely what material they collect, said Kevin Bankston, a lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who specializes in privacy. He added that based on court cases he could say that “they store more of it and it is becoming more precise.”
“Phones have become a necessary part of modern life,” he said, objecting to the idea that “you have to hand over your personal privacy to be part of the 21st century.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today appealed a ruling that the government can collect the private records of three Twitter users as part of its investigation related to WikiLeaks.
Hotmail users in those countries can now be readily spied upon by ISPs and their governments. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has some good perspective:
The order approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan would require Twitter to divulge "all" direct messages, even ones unrelated to WikiLeaks, argue the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a host of private attorneys representing the Twitter account holders.