EFF in the News
A number of online publishers and booksellers have received the ultimatum from PayPal, said anti-censorship organization, Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF and a coalition of civil liberties organizations and publishers is calling on PayPal to reverse the policy, stating that "PayPal, and the myriad other payment processors that support essential links in the free speech chain between authors and audiences, should not operate as morality police".
As Parker HIggins of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) explains, Highlight requires a connection to its users Facebook accounts as well as access to their iPhones' location features. It uses the data collected from those sources to connect you to fellow Highlight users of interest, but "unlike 'check in' services like Foursquare, Highlight collects and shares location data with other users continuously unless [users] manually pause it."
Every week, it seems, another hospital reports a breach of hundreds or thousands of patient records, such as last year's posting of the names and diagnosis codes of 20,000 Stanford Hospital patients on a commercial website. And it's not just breaches that worry some consumer and privacy advocates. Many companies would love to get their hands on patient data, says Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Big data is big business," Tien says.
Such incidents have led one industry watcher to criticize the loopholes in existing privacy regulations. Peter Eckersley, director of technology projects at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), said: "People think that 'privacy policies' exist to promise them privacy. Unfortunately, it's often the opposite."
The free extension is the brainchild of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an internet-security watchdog. Its original release automatically directed users clicking through to a web page or typing in a web address to the secure versions of roughly 20 popular sites, including social networks and periodicals. The latest iteration bumps that up to 1,400. It also adds additional features that help ensure a connection is legitimate and unobserved. The EFF says over 1m browsers have the plug-in installed.
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The EFF has now jumped in with an amicus brief that argues otherwise. The argument is pretty straightforward: if you're doing automated, or semi-automated takedown notices without reviewing them, the efforts are so careless and negligent that they clearly misrepresent the claims needed for a legitimate DMCA takedown. The filing notes that such automated takedowns are a real problem (even citing our recent experience), and that if such automated takedowns aren't liable for sanctions under 512(f) then that section is effectively meaningless.
The EFF says that, in addition to Smashwords, PayPal has issued similar warnings to publishers and booksellers including BookStrand.com. In a letter the EFF intended to send late Wednesday, the group said that PayPal "is holding free speech hostage...
Anxious to claim achievement at age 22, many find exaggeration the only route to take. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which celebrates its 22nd birthday tonight, has no need to exaggerate achievements; it needs to move, physically move. After 22 at the forefront of the digital civil liberties movement, EFF is bursting through the concrete seams of its Shotwell warehouse.