EFF in the News
“When it comes to terrorist content, it’s certainly a tricky position for companies, and one that I don’t envy,” said Jillian York, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s director of international freedom of expression, in an email. “Still, I worry that giving more power to companies—which are undemocratic by nature—to regulate speech is dangerous.”
Facebook explicitly bans content being shared by "dangerous organizations" engaged in terrorist activity or organized crime. But even that requires a judgment call, because not everyone around the world defines terrorism in the same way, said David Greene, civil liberties director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group.
"Most of these areas are more gray than black or white, and that can put these companies in a very difficult position," Greene said.
“From a technical perspective, it seems likely that Twitter is keeping a record of which way users vote in polls.” Parker Higgins, Director of Copyright Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the Daily Dot. “It's a little funny to wedge into the existing [privacy] policy, because your votes on a poll seem to fall somewhere on the privacy scale between, say, your direct messages (which Twitter does not sell information about) and the people you follow (which is public, and which Twitter has reserved the right to aggregate and share and disclose).”
Journalists and civil libertarians both here and in Europe have criticized the EU court decision as an infringement of free speech. Search engines "must censor their own references to publicly available information in the name of privacy with little guidance or obligation to balance the nees of free expression," said Danny O'Brien, international director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit defending digital civil liberty.
Airing on Thursday, December 3, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about whether or not we can trust tech philanthropy; Google education and how companies should handle children's privacy; and we have a story from our Codebreaker podcast about a software update...in space.
Because we really needed help sifting through this f–kery, MTV News spoke to Eva Galperin, Global Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Galperin noted that while Çiftçi did not create the meme, “criticizing the president of Turkey is against the law — defamation of the president can get you sent to jail for up to four years.”
Jeremy Gillula, a staff technologist with the EFF, called that data collection an “invasion of privacy” and a clear violation of the privacy pledge.
“When a student navigates to something that is not [part of] Google’s apps for education — like Youtube, Blogger, Maps — now they’re logged in and Google tracks that activity and does serve them ads,” Gillula told BuzzFeed News, noting that teachers can use Youtube and Google Maps for educational purposes.
“It’s entirely possible that teachers can say ‘Okay kids, open up your Chromebooks and we are going to watch a science video on Youtube.’ Youtube is not a Google app for education, but it can still be used for an educational purpose.”
US privacy campaigner the Electronic Frontier Foundation has accused Google of spying on students and logged a complaint with US regulator the Federal Trade Commission.
The EFF says that Google tracks and mines records of every site, search, result and video that students watch without obtaining permission from students or their parents.
EFF staff attorney Nate Cardozo said: “Despite publicly promising not to, Google mines students’ browsing data and other information, and uses it for the company’s own purposes. Minors shouldn’t be tracked or used as guinea pigs, with their data treated as a profit centre.”
In a blog post on Wednesday, Google claimed it had done nothing to invade the privacy of students using its laptop educational software, pushing back against accusations from a top advocacy group.
The response comes as the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a complaint on Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission, asking the agency to probe Google for breaking its own privacy commitments. The EFF alleged that Google for Education, the search giant’s school initiative, collects and shares personal student data in violation of the Student Privacy Pledge, which Google signed in January.
"This is a sensible ruling that will help protect free expression in Sweden," said Mitch Stoltz, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"The court recognized that Internet service providers shouldn't be held responsible for copyright infringement by their customers," he told the E-Commerce Times.
If ISPs are held liable for their customers' behavior then ISPs would have a huge incentive to snoop into the activities of their customers, Stoltz said.