EFF in the News
"The court should recognize the Chamber's lawsuit for what it is -- an attempt to use intellectual property and related law to punish a political parody that the Chamber found humorless, and which cast unwanted light on its controversial position on climate change," the Yes Men argue in a motion filed on their behalf by the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation.
That’s unacceptable, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Kevin Bankston, who says that’s not the Facebook people signed up for.
“Just because Facebook users want to share personal info with their friends does not mean they want to share it with any nefarious parties on the internet,” Bankston said, “but that is exactly what Facebook is forcing its users to do.”
The proposal, brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, would pave the way for third-party apps on the iPhone — hence turning the iPhone into a blank slate to run whatever its owner wishes.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a good primer on what you should do if you're ever subpoenaed for information you don't want to hand over.
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.