EFF in the News
In a FAQ on its site, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org) argues CISPA would allow companies to hand over customers’ personal information, including email to the government. “Under CISPA, companies can hand ‘cyber threat information’ to any government agency,” said EFF. “which then passes that information to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Once it’s in DHS’s hands, the bill says that DHS can then hand the information to other intelligence agencies, including the National Security Agency, at its discretion.” The organization worries that it could “lead the companies and government to surveil citizens for a host of reasons beyond critical cybersecurity threats.”
Last minute opposition from privacy and civil liberties advocates including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, The American Civil Liberties Union, and the Center for Democracy and Technology have convinced the bill's authors to support a set of amendments at the 11th hour intended to address some of the most problematic aspects of the bill.
EFF's Trevor Timm is a guest on Uprising Radio.
Federal aviation regulators have given permission to colleges, universities and government and law enforcement agencies around the country to fly unmanned drones, according to documents received via a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
Julie Samuels has a fantastic piece over at Wired using the Oracle v. Google case to explain why patents simply don't make any sense in the software world.
In an e-mail sent to Ars on Wednesday morning, Rebecca Jeschke, the EFF's spokesperson, said the group has looked at the Rogers amendment package, dismissing it as "a bandaid that does little to prevent widespread monitoring of sensitive communications and the unredacted transfer of sensitive personal information to the government. We are still looking at the other amendments."
We sat down with Rainey Reitman, Activism Director at the EFF, to discuss why digital privacy is important, why you should keep a skeptical eye to services that make promises of "free" services in exchange for tidbits of personal information, and why you should care about the privacy of others even if you're not concerned about your own data and how it may be used. All in all, the message is clear: It's tempting to throw up your hands and say "privacy is dead," but nothing could be further from the truth.
"This is unprecedented for them," says Jillian York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a US digital rights group. "It is troubling because they had done a relatively good job at keeping the Internet open until now."
The list has been made public as a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed in January.
The EFF points out that Ghalioun has been targeted by the Syrian Electronic Army for allegedly having a hand in leaking emails written by Syrian president Bashar Assad. The emails in question paint a picture of a flippant president who seems to be generally uninterested in events surrounding the civil unrest in his country.