EFF in the News
Any site you visit can collect a lot of information about you, as creepily evidenced by the Panopticlick project run by digital civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation. One piece of information sites obtain about visitors is their referrer, the URL of the site visitors come from. Nearly every company uses referrers to find out what their sources of traffic are (Google, blogs, etc.).
An online privacy group has found that an overwhelming majority of web browsers have unique signatures - creating identifiable "fingerprints" that can be used to track you as you surf the internet.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation stepped up its criticism of Facebook on Friday, and more Facebook users are sharing links to sites such as ReclaimPrivacy.org or signing pledges at QuitFacebookDay.com, which targets May 31 as a day of protest.
Not everyone sees it quite as positively as Zuckerberg, however. Following the introduction of the feature, protests have been mounted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and even Facebook users themselves.
Legal costs can also skyrocket, when people challenge accusations that they infringed on intellectual property. For instance, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the advocacy group for tech companies and Internet users, announced that it is looking for attorneys to represent people sued by the Copyright Group.
Seth Schoen, a senior staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, is also concerned by the amount of control device makers such as Apple and Amazon are inserting into their products through DRM. Last year, Amazon remotely deleted several e-books — ironically George Orwell's 1984 among them — from the Kindle devices of customers who had bought them.
Seth Schoen of the Electronic Frontier Foundation uncovered the existence of these dots through the Freedom of Information Act and says that the government should at least put out warnings or an advisement to consumers saying that these dots exist.
Attorney Matt Zimmerman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, which represents Stokklerk, said suits such as USA Technologies' are a common tactic of companies trying to suppress criticism.
Google executives admitted last week that the company's Street View cars "mistakenly" picked up bits of private data from WiFi networks while cruising neighborhoods around the world for information used in products like Google Maps...Privacy lawyers said the Oregon class action filed Monday appears to be the first related to the case.
"I wouldn't be surprised if there's more than one filed," said Marcia Hofmann, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco.
Even deleting your account won't protect you. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Facebook is trying to trick their users into allowing them to keep their data even after they've "deleted" their account. But if you just delete your account, they still will retain your data and make it accessible to their commercial clients.