EFF in the News
Governments should be required to meet a high standard before demanding private information about users from online services, Cindy Cohn, legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights advocacy and legal organization, said at the time.
Laptops are lost, stolen, and confiscated everyday. Seth Schoen, a senior staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy organization, suggested full disk encryption as a New Year’s resolution for 2012. Schoen says encryption is a very important step for journalists, who often have a goldmine of confidential information on their laptops. While lots of people have a password prompt when they power up their computer, this doesn’t protect the actual hard drive. “People might think that’s safe, but it’s very straightforward to bypass that password,” says Schoen. The contents of the computer could be accessed by simply disconnecting the hard drive and plugging it into another computer.
As pointed out recently by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a new logging feature introduced into AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) raises many privacy concerns. However, Mac users may not be aware that iChat uses the AIM service.
Despite the modern sheen on the issue, Cindy Cohn, EFF's legal director, sees it as no different than the colonists' fight against general warrants granting British soldiers limitless law enforcement power.
“It's a foundation of this country,” she said. “It appears our federal government has decided in the digital age they don't have to abide by the rules and that's important.”
Public Knowledge (PK), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and U.S. Public Interest Research Group asked the Supreme Court today to review a lower court decision in the case John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. Kirtsaeng that could have major implications for the first sale doctrine and the ability of libraries to offer foreign-made books on their shelves.
EFF published an article earlier today detailing the U.S. government’s growing demand that Twitter shut down accounts that are affiliated with alleged terrorists. Citing several recent incidences in which government officials have pressured Twitter to censor tweets and accounts, EFF applauds Twitter’s resistance to comply with the demands:
MPAA chairman Chris Dodd told Bloomberg TV that at least now "no one is arguing about whether we ought to deal with these rogue criminal foreign sites that steal American jobs and products," which, he said, is an improvement. He called charges leveled by the Electronic Frontier Foundation that the legislation is un-American "insulting."
At least pending these changes the EFF advises punters to avoid using the latest version of the software, which grants easier access to personal data from various (potentially unfriendly) parties.
"We still recommend that AIM users do not switch to the new version as it introduces important privacy-unfriendly features," a statement by the EFF explains.
EFF Staff Attorney Julie Samuels is inteviewed by Allen Martin about SOPA and PIPA.
Here's a sweet gig: the Electronic Frontier Foundation is soliciting applications for its annual Google Policy Fellowship,"an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and law students to work alongside the international Policy team on projects advancing debate on key public policy issues."