EFF in the News
Via EFF comes this rather interesting calculation of the DRM tax of owning an Amazon Kindle.
The totalitarian Big Brother regime depicted in George Orwell's futuristic novel may not exist yet, but "from the technology standpoint, we're definitely going on the '1984' road," said Peter Eckersley, staff technologist for the San Francisco digital rights organization Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"Some people say privacy is just gone, that we're going to have to get over it," Eckersley said. "That might be the way things play out, but if that happens, its dangerous because it may mean we ultimately end up living in a less tolerant society."
“DRM on e-books is about protecting business models and technology platforms, not about protecting authors,” said Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney at the EFF.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation maintains a list of color laser printers that, it says, lay down light yellow code-patterns on every print; the dots are viewable in blue light or under magnification. These codes were developed to help the federal government track down criminals who were printing counterfeit cash. But the EFF fears that the codes could also be used to track and monitor anyone who uses those printers. Monochrome laser printers and inkjets don't appear to leave such markings.
Ed Bayley, an adjunct attorney for the EFF, in a blog post Dec. 21 said e-readers collect "substantial information about their users' reading habits and locations" and report back to the companies that build or sell these technologies. To educate users, the EFF created a Buyer's Guide to E-Book Privacy to shed some light on what information existing e-readers "reserve the right to collect and share."
If you're concerned about the privacy implications of reading digital books, take a look at a nice guide put up yesterday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The EFF's guide includes a chart with answers to questions such as "Can they monitor what you're reading?" for Google Books, Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Sony Reader and FBReader.
Today, employers expect employees to be available and working well beyond the hours of nine to five. In fact, the increasingly porous boundaries between work and personal time may be one of the defining characteristics of the last decade.
The Real ID Act united in opposition groups that normally oppose each one another, including the NGA, the National Rifle Association, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and numerous religious and privacy organizations.
The analysis under scrutiny, known as an intelligence note, was prepared in October 2007 by Homeland Security's office of intelligence and analysis, according to department officials and the documents, which were released Wednesday by the Obama administration in response to freedom of information lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy and civil liberties group.
The intelligence gathering violated domestic spying rules because analysts took longer than 180 days to determine whether the U.S-based group or its American members posed a terrorist threat. Analysts also disseminated their report too broadly, according to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group.