EFF in the News
The US public should reach out to Congress and urge their representatives to block the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Global Policy Analyst Maira Sutton said during a protest against the trade deal in San Francisco, California on Thursday.
The goal of the organization -- which is a joint partnership between Visualizing Impact and the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- is to collect posts that are censored for reasons that don't specifically violate a company's terms of service.
The new EU-US data transfer deal, dubbed Privacy Shield, establishes a number of privacy guarantees for Europeans, but it falls down by failing to secure assurances from the US authorities over its surveillance activities, the Electronic Frontier Foundation told Sputnik on Thursday.
“It was a Friday night, almost midnight in Berlin, and no lawyer in sight. I emailed the Electronic Frontier Foundation, because I thought they might still be awake. A few moments later I saw people tweeting about it, and that felt relieving somehow because in that instant I knew it wasn’t about me personally.”
In the two months since, campaigners from EFF and developers from anonymity tool the Tor Project have joined the activists in demanding more information from Twitter. In an open letter published in January, the group asked a detailed list of questions, including whether attackers gained administrative access to Twitter’s servers.
“I would be suspicious of any laws that weren't very specific,” Rebecca Jeschke, a spokeswoman for the Electronic Frontier Foundation told the AP in 2013, referring to New Hampshire’s bill. The proposal was later tabled for further consideration.
Ms. Jeschke noted that guardians who hoped to gain access to a user’s accounts could potentially violate the privacy of other users’ the person had communicated with.
The new policy was first publicized last month in an article by the Tulsa World newspaper, sparking a flurry of news reports cautioning that the school was encroaching on student privacy. But the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others have said that as long as location tracking is not part of the program, the only concern is that other large organizations, not just schools, will enact similar programs less responsibly.
“I doubt you could do this at a large public university because public universities are affiliated with the government, which brings up a whole other set of concerns,” said Jeremy Gillula, a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Any university that plans to collect data should consider what they want to do with it, and whether they really need it. With this data, since it's for grading, I'd say as soon as the grade is assigned, just get rid of the data. It's a little bit on the creepy side, but no one is going to steal your identity on this.”
Maass said automatic license plate readers are high-speed cameras that, in this case, will be mounted on police cars. They take photographs of the license plates and track where the license plate was read, to then turn into text for searching databases with information on stolen cars, outstanding warrants or fines.
“As you’re driving around, you can maybe spot people,” he says. “The bigger thing overall is to collect locational points on everybody and you’re able to put into this system and you’re able to predict where people are…. It’s a mass surveillance technology.”
“It’s a huge invasion of privacy,” Dave Maass, an investigative researcher with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told FoxNews.com. “They are taking advantage of a public safety rule that came years before anything like this was a possibility.”
"Even if we’re told that there are protections and safeguards, the lack of transparency and the intimate ties to agencies and secret surveillance programs feel like major red flags," said Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital privacy group and a fierce critic of NSA surveillance.
Lee Tien, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a digital consumer advocacy group, doesn't think advertising is inherently bad and says EFF isn't opposed to ads. However, the group is very much against many of the data mining techniques in play today. "I really don't see how ad blockers subvert freedom of speech," he says. "Is it meaningfully different from skipping commercials, whether by muting and leaving the room, or by using your DVR to fast forward?"