EFF in the News
“This is without question government regulation of the Internet,” says Parker Higgins of the EFF. “The Act is allowing government to ask Americans to take on abstract costs like losing free speech rights as well as actual costs to implement and be in compliance with the legislation.”
"The internet cannot be a true global forum for expression if private companies that provide communication and payment services operate as morality police," said EFF senior staff attorney Lee Tien.
Panel member Violet Blue, a sex educator and tech columnist, pointed to the loose security and privacy practices of dating websites recently exposed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. OKCupid, eHarmony, Match.com, Plenty of Fish, Ashley Madison, Grindr and others are all too open about your personal business in ways you may not have imagined.
The news may come as vindication (and victory) to organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, e-book distributors like Smashwords and the dozens of authors and others who vocally disagreed with the company for taking its original stance.
AP Mobile interviews EFF's Eva Galperin at the South by Southwest conference in Austin.
"The Internet cannot be a true global forum for expression if private companies that provide communication and payment services operate as morality police," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien. "The Internet is a global forum where ideas can be freely aired, exchanged, and criticized. We're especially pleased that PayPal will only target specific works and not entire websites."
Privacy advocates have protested plans to fly drones in US airspace, charging that they could be used for unlawful surveillance of US citizens. The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), based in San Francisco, Calif., has sued the Transportation Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for release of data on the operations of UAVs.
“It certainly does set off some creepy factor,” said Parker Higgins, an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit group in San Francisco. “It does feel intrusive, and people may be upset.”
"It's common for older companies whose businesses aren't doing as well as they'd like to file suits like this" against newcomers that plan to go public, said Michael Barclay, a volunteer lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The information was revealed as MegaUpload lawyers and digital civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation work to reunite users with personal data lost in the FBI sting that took down the site.