EFF in the News
''You wouldn't intentionally store sensitive data on a console,'' Parker Higgins, a spokesman for the online privacy group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says. ''But I can think of things like connection logs and conversation logs that are incidentally stored data. And it's even more alarming because users might not know that the data is created.
According to the digital right website Electronic Frontier Foundation, what this means is that “a company like Google, Facebook or Twitter could intercept your emails and text messages, send copies to one another and to the government, and modify those communications or prevent them from reaching their destination if it fits into their plan to stop cybersecurity threats.”
Meantime, the Electronic Frontier Foundation worried that Judge Hernandez was dangerously overreaching. The EFF’s Tervor Timm says that the ruling against Cox set an uncomfortable precedent that could have far-reaching effects on all bloggers.
Julie Samuels, EFF Senior Staff Attorney, writes about the Megaupload case.
The proposed law, which was passed by the European Commission’s Civil Liberties Committee last week, still has a ways to go before going into effect — but the EFF’s international rights director Katitza Rodriguez says now is the time to raise awareness about the proposal.
Consumers are particularly concerned about privacy when it comes to location because knowing where you are has implications for physical safety from stalking or arrest, said Seth Schoen, senior staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
..."This transition has been so quick that people haven't exactly thought through the implications on a large scale," Schoen said. "Most people aren't even very clear on which location technologies are active and which are passive."
A fake PDF purporting to contain information on "the formation of the leadership council of the Syrian revolution" is circulating. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Eva Galperin and Morgan Marquis-Boire report, it's bad news for people who install it.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said the bills "grant the government broad powers in the event of a cyber threat" without specifically defining what does and does not qualify. EFF also claimed one of the bills could treat people like criminals if they take certain steps to secure personal information.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has similar criticisms of the cybersecurity bills. Most of the information-sharing bills before Congress don't clearly define what a cybersecurity threat is, thus allowing broad information sharing between private companies and the government for ill-defined purposes, the EFF said.