EFF in the News
"There's always going to be real true emergencies where maybe BART has to act," says Trevor Timm, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "But the problem is this policy is written way too vaguely and could capture a lot of protected First Amendment speech."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Marcia Hoffman writes about security research companies that work to discover "zero day" vulnerabilities in software and operating systems, then sell them to governments and corporations that want to use them as a vector for installing spyware.
Researchers from the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) have spotted an ongoing Facebook phishing attack, spreading across Syrian pro-revolution forums on Facebook.
Rebecca Jeschke at the Electronic Frontier Foundation also said potential Family Link subscribers should ask OnStar tough questions about the new service before deciding to sign up.
"This is info that could be potentially accessed through a subpoena in a divorce case or custody battle. Maybe this is info your insurance companies wants," she said. "If you allow this kind of info to be collected, you need to think about who might see it besides yourself."
In an amicus curiae brief for Cox, the Electronic Frontier Foundation called for Hernandez to overturn the jury award as a threat to free speech, excessive, and based on the wrong standard of defamation law.
U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer dismissed the motion, leading the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to intervene on appeal.
"In the immediate case, the Securities and Exchange Commission seeks to obtain the identities of anonymous speakers based not on any evidentiary showing but on its own conclusory assertions that the information is needed to investigate misconduct," according to the amicus brief authored by EFF staff attorney Matt Zimmerman.
"The SEC has not explained why it has targeted the Gmail account holders, nor has it even identified any newsletters in question, much less link the users to any allegedly illegal activities," Zimmerman added.
“It’s troubling,” says Parker Higgins of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, “Any time a new service like this is introduced you have to think beyond what’s described in the press release.”
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has said that it wants to preserve the data so that it can use it as evidence should it decide to file civil litigation. The Electronic Frontier Foundation wants the material saved so that legal files stored on the service can be returned to consumers at the earliest possible time.
EFF attorneys said in a February court filing that Gibson should be held personally liable for sanctions because in the past, ''sanctions payable to the court have not been effective against Righthaven.''
Rainey Reitman, activism director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), applauded the FTC for its efforts, saying that the “final report creates strong guidelines for protecting consumer privacy choices in the online world.” In particular, Reitman said the efforts behind Do Not Track should be supported.