EFF in the News
Even non-Europeans, like Katitza Rodriguez, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, say that this situation may have broader implications.
"This legal action against Germany puts the European Union's credibility to the protection of privacy internationally at risk," she wrote in an e-mail to Ars.
"On one hand, the European Union has always taken a strong stand in protecting and promoting data protection legislation vis-à-vis companies, — a legislation that has been praised by the international privacy community. On the other hand, it has adopted one of the most intrusive anti-privacy, anti-free expression, anti-association pieces of legislation in the European Union vis-à-vis governments. Instead of taking action against Germany, the European Union should uphold its commitment to human rights and repeal this mass surveillance Directive."
The report released last week by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Immigration Policy Center, both policy research organizations, claims that day laborers and immigrants are stopped at random, and submitted to fingerprint testing. Jennifer Lynch, who authored the new report, believes that the expansion of biometric data collection programs should raise concerns for the average American.
“These day laborers are not suspected of any criminal activity that we know of,” Lynch told the New American Media. “While most of us would be really suspect if a police officer randomly asked us to submit to a fingerprint scan on the street, when you feel like you have little voice in society and you lack power to challenge authority, I think harassment like this is a big issue.”
“Apple’s recent products, especially their mobile iOS devices, are like beautiful crystal prisons, with a wide range of restrictions imposed by the OS, the hardware, and Apple’s contracts with carriers as well as contracts with developers,” the EFF’s Micah Lee and Peter Eckersley wrote in a post on the group’s blog.
Following the lead set by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who earlier this month said Apple should open its operating systems and allow users to modify and extend the architectures behind the iPhone, iPad and Mac, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said Apple products are “beautiful crystal prisons” and the company should “open its platforms for those who wish to tinker, tweak and innovate with their internals.”
Now here's something you don't see every day: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is urging a California court not to dismiss a frivolous lawsuit.
The group says it has the support of some big names on the Web, including WordPress, craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Reddit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Cheezburger Network, which owns several humor blogs.
Recently Steve Wozniak, one of Apple's founding members, called for the company to open up its software ecosystem, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a free speech and consumer and advocacy organization, has echoed that sentiment with an article that calls Apple's devices and operating systems a "crystal prison.
With the assistance of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Goodwin has been attempting to negotiate for the return of his data. But now EFF says those negotiations have reached an impasse. So it has asked the courts to establish a procedure for Goodwin, and other innocent users like him, to retrieve their files.
Jillian York, director of international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said in an e-mail that YouTube and Facebook generally are doing a good job of making sure videos from Syrian activists surface on their platforms.
"YouTube has been great about keeping content up, even recently creating a human rights channel with the organization Witness," she said. "Their policy is, explicitly, to keep up violent content if it is educational or documentarian in nature."
The Internet Underground Music Archive (IUMA) was nearly lost forever when it shut down in 2006, but it lives again thanks to EFF co-founder John Gilmore and Jason Scott of Textfiles.com. Scott restored the music collection using Gilmore's tapes and uploaded it to Archive.org, where over 680,000 tracks of music by more than 250,000 bands and artists are available for download. IUMA is a slice of musical history, pioneering the online music business and launching the careers of artists who moved on to bigger and better things. To learn more about the site's innovative history and how he brought it back, take a look at Jason Scott's blog.