EFF in the News
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.
The report's been cautiously welcomed by campaigners such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been calling for a 'do not track' feature for some time.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation approved of the Federal Trade Commission’s final report on digital consumer privacy yesterday, although the privacy advocate did express some caution in giving the report its wholesale endorsement.
Jillian York, the director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has been tracking social media activism closely throughout the Arab Spring. She says that in the information battle, Syria’s activists have had a much tougher fight than their counterparts in countries such as Egypt or Tunisia, who managed to make relatively short work out of ousting their respective dictators.
“It carries this sort of basic hint that ‘if companies ignore what we’re saying, then we may come after you,’” said Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The information was uncovered as part of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s effort to get legitimate data off the site and back into the hands of users.
“Once a site has been accessed enough times, it’s very, very difficult to remove content,” said Dan Auerbach, a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports Internet access. “I don’t want to say it’s impossible, but there’s no evidence of it happening in recent times.”
But as noted in the court filing, the servers "could be repurposed to generate revenue for Carpathia if they were not being used to store data for this litigation." Accordingly, it's asked the court to allow it to delete and reprovision the servers; sell them outright to Megaupload, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), or the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), since all have expressed interest in the data stored on the servers; or to require one or more of those organizations to help pay for their upkeep.