EFF in the News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation contends that permitting the DHS to collect DNA samples its an incredibly slippery slope:
The DOJ argues that collecting DNA from all people arrested and non-US persons detained will allow it to find and identify more criminals, solve more crimes, and “prevent and deter subsequent criminal conduct.” but it is hard to see how that argument couldn’t be extended to apply with equal force to mandated DNA collection from everyone.
If the U.S. Copyright Office grants the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s game-console-modding request, that likely would put an end to federal prosecutions of modders and civil lawsuits for such conduct. It would not, however, force companies to unlock consoles if customers asked them to, nor would it disallow the companies from using encryption locks in the first place.
Rainey Reitman of Electronic Frontier Foundation says, "I don't really think that most people are going to review every email they get form their cell phone company and then go through the extra step of opting out of this targeted advertisement."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Maira Sutton has a long, engrossing account of the popular protest at the Dallas session of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a secretive treaty negotiation that includes a set of copyright rules that leave SOPA and ACTA in the dust.
Visiting the affected website over HTTPS (HTTP Secure) might sometimes remove the rogue ads, because HTTPS sessions are encrypted. There are browser extensions like the Electronic Frontier Foundation's HTTPS Everywhere that enable HTTPS by default on websites that support it.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based free-speech advocacy group, filed suit against the FAA last year to force the agency to reveal the identities of drone operators.
“I don’t think the FAA should be increasing the number of drone flights until they at least release the information on who is flying drones already,” Jennifer Lynch, a foundation staff attorney, said in a phone interview today.
The FAA released names last month of agencies that had applied to fly drones. It has not provided any additional details about the restrictions it imposes and how those drones are used, Lynch said.
Two weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). But thanks to internet activism and advocacy by organizations like the ACLU and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, 168 Congressmen voted “no,” including 28 Republicans, the House Democratic leadership, and a chunk of members who sit on the Intelligence and Homeland Security Committees.
The EFF International Team sent an email explaining the May 8 to May 18 closed-door meetings in Dallas are:
secretly negotiating new regulations for the Internet - including intellectual property provisions that could choke off online speech. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement may be even worse than ACTA; it could tie the hands of democratically-elected legislators and create new, international standards for intellectual property enforcement. Worst of all, Internet users and free expression advocates like EFF aren't allowed in the room and are forbidden from seeing the negotiated text.
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk claims they have made "extraordinary efforts" to include public stakeholders in negotiations, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Like ACTA, negotiations have actively excluded civil society and the public, while welcoming private industry representatives with open arms.
We cannot take a narrow view of the First Amendment when technology is expanding our engagement with media as consumers and creators. With that in mind, Free Press and a coalition of free speech and digital rights groups are standing up for the millions who want the freedom to document events in public spaces. The group, including Access, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press, the National Press Photographers Association, the New America Foundation, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and Reporters Without Borders and Witness, sent a letter urging Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to defend our "right to record."
In defending its customers against government encroachment on user privacy, Google ranks tops among corporations tracked by the Electronic Freedom Foundation's "Who Has Your Back?" campaign, by a safe margin. "They'll stand up to the government when it comes looking for information," EFF General Counsel Cindy Cohn explained.