EFF in the News
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.
Web users are vulnerable to being identified and profiled by Web sites they visit, even if they employ common measures to keep their browsing habits private, according to new research from the privacy advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Foursquare is only the latest example of America’s fascination with trading away what the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls “locational privacy”—for convenience and safety.
"Several companies are already selling products that claim to use browser fingerprinting to help websites identify users and their online activities. This experiment is an important reality check, showing just how powerful these tracking mechanisms are," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted senior EFF technologist Peter Eckersley as saying.
"Facebook needs to have a few very simple high-level controls" so users can keep data private, said Peter Eckersley, senior staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The company, he said, should stop acting as if "they have a mission to make all of our private lives public."
Four months and 470,161 browsers later, the EFF says it has reached a conclusion: More than eight out of 10 Web browsers, or 84%, have "unique signatures" that can be used to identify them. When browsers had Adobe Flash or Java plug-ins, 94% were "unique and trackable," according to the EFF.