EFF in the News
Supporters of the measure, including Hanni Fakhoury, a senior attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said Leno's bill goes beyond federal law to apply to metadata, location information from GPS functions, and data stored electronically beyond 180 days.Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/08/4540928_tech-firms-back-california-bill.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
As an Electronic Frontier Foundation activist pointed out earlier today, via Twitter, the concept of a TV screen that might be snooping on your private conversations — and thus broadcasting a chilling effect by inculcating self-censorship within its viewers — is straight out of George Orwell’s 1984:
"Your lives are encoded rather reliably in what you do in your car," said Lee Tien, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation who is pushing for non-GPS alternatives on the road usage charge committee.Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2015/02/08/4369700_brown-seeks-money-for-fixing-roads.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
Corynne McSherry, the intellectual property director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told the Daily Beast customers could conceivably want to know more about exactly who has access to their information. “If I were the customer, I might like to know who that third party was, and I'd definitely like to know whether my words were being transmitted in a secure form,” she said.
“Although it may seem like a humane strategy to offer users from developing countries crumbs from the Internet’s table in the form of free access to walled-garden services, such service may thrive at the cost of stifling the development of low-cost, neutral Internet access in those countries for decades to come,” writes the EFF’s Jeremy Malcolm.
A civil liberties group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, compared supercookies to creating a "license plate for your brain" because everything a person thinks about and searches for online would become linked to an identifying header.
ComputerCOP, a program designed to monitor children's internet use, has previously claimed endorsements that are questionable at best, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Among them: the U.S. Treasury.
For the time being, privacy advocates are not focusing on fighting for federal legislation. "For activists, it's generally easier to do things at the local and state level," says Nadia Kayyali of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy and free speech advocacy organization. "Any fight at the local level is more likely to see results, but also does take a much more significant investment in time."
So this may just be an effort to make your SmartTV smarter.
But, said McSherry, “If I were the customer, I might like to know who that third party was, and I’d definitely like to know whether my words were being transmitted in a secure form.” If the transmission is not encrypted, a SmartHacker could conceivably turn your TV into an eavesdropping device.
Meanwhile, the idea of charging a website’s operator with wrongdoing when a user conducts illegal activity raises interesting questions about Internet freedom, says Hanni Fakhoury, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"The main issue, the main Internet freedom issue is at what point are website operators accountable for what happens on their site? In Silk Road, it's an easy case because they were catering to illegal activity. But what is interesting is that you start with easy cases and then you start to go towards some of the borderline cases," he said to CNBC.