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But according to Eva Galperin, a global policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, "the tech giants show no signs of complying — not Google, not Facebook, not Twitter."
Galperin expects these large U.S.-based companies to treat the new law's mandates as they did the data localization requirements Russia passed into law last year — which companies have basically ignored.
"[Companies] are staying publicly silent and not complying with the data localization mandate," she told FedScoop. "None of those companies keep their Russian user data in Russia" as the law supposedly requires, she added.
Schneier, who is chief technology officer and security technologist at Resilient Systems, an IBM company, is the author of 14 books, including the best-seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World. He's also written hundreds of articles, essays and academic papers. His newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and his blog "Schneier on Security" are read by more than 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, a fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
When asked, groups that pushed for the passage of the Santa Clara ordinance emphatically denied that their efforts actually served to facilitate the purchase of surveillance technologies. Shahid Buttar is the director of grassroots advocacy at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit dedicating to defending civil liberties in the digital world. Buttar told AlterNet that surveillance technologies are already being deployed by local police forces across the US, often without any oversight or regulation. Stingrays, for example, which enable cops to locate a mobile phone by mimicking a cell phone tower, have been in use by police forces about a decade, but it was only last week that a federal judge ruled that the warrantless use of the device was unconstitutional.
“To claim that a transparency-advancing measure legitimates the technology, basically ignores the fact that the police are obtaining these technologies whether there are ordinances or not,” said Buttar. “Any transparency-advancing measure is a step forward from the current baseline.”
"Until they show us the algorithm and the exhaustive factors of what goes into the algorithm, the public should be concerned about whether the program further replicates racial disparities in the criminal justice system," said Adam Schwartz, a staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Government over a provision within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that it says impinges on free speech and hobbles security researchers ability to do their job.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the US government over ‘unconstitutional’ use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
"Corporate platforms have, in many ways, taken on the role of the town square, or public sphere," said a blog post this year from Jillian York, a writer and activist who works with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"It is impossible to ignore the effect corporate limitations on speech can have on societies."
"The ISPs were actually throttling the traffic to make it so slow as to render the websites and the services almost completely unusable," said Eva Galperin, global policy analyst with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Galeprin says it's a move used to control the narrative about what's happening on the streets. Though she says censorship is so common, many Turkish people also know how to circumvent it.
Jillian C. York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told The Electronic Intifada that US-based social media companies “are only somewhat responsible for the content they host.”
But she added that holding Internet companies responsible for user’s content, called intermediary liability, is a “global problem with real risks.” EFF and other digital rights organizations are pushing for global intermediary protections.
"This is a groundbreaking decision that helps protect privacy rights around the world," said Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"The court recognized the vital privacy protections under the SCA, and correctly ruled that the government can't use a U.S. search warrant to force Internet service providers to reach email stored outside the U.S.," he told the E-Commerce Times.