EFF in the News
With mobile security loopholes seeming to crop up on a regular basis, the Electronic Frontier Foundation says enough is enough, proposing a mobile users' bill of rights for privacy.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s call Friday for a privacy bill of rights for wireless users is a good way to raise public awareness. The question is if the idea is embraced, how do you enforce the principles against those who would violate them?
But the Electronic Privacy Information Center quickly issued a petition calling on the FAA to examine and address drones' "unique threat" to privacy. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Consumer Watchdog and dozens of other groups signed on.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Trevor Timm comments on billionaire Frank VanderSloot's "systematic campaign to silence journalists and bloggers from publishing stories about his political views and business practices." VanderSloot, the CEO of Melaleuca, Inc. (Wikipedia calls it "a multi-level marketing dietary supplement and cosmetics company", Forbes called it "a pyramid-selling organization," and the State of Michigan called it "an illegal pyramid") is also finance co-chair the Romney campaign.
The guide, written by EFF activist Parker Higgins, is similar to EFF's Bill of Privacy Rights for Social Network Users in listing rights of mobile users that developers should respect, such as the right to control their data, focused data collection, transparency and security. It also offers technical suggestions including using encryption, anonymization and obfuscation techniques and allowing users a way to opt out of tracking with Do Not Track features.
BART cited rules that ban "assemblies or demonstrations or ... other expressive activities in the paid areas of BART stations, including BART cars and trains and BART station platforms." Groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), however, argued that it was a case of censoring free, political speech.
We are talking to Maira Sutton, who is the international outreach coordinator for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, or EFF. EFF is a digital civil liberties organization, and they have pinpointed ACTA as a potential problem for user rights, so we wanted to talk today about some of EFF's big concerns or grievances with ACTA as it is written now. Maira, thanks a lot for taking the time to chat, I appreciate it.
Google does hand over user data in response to government requests on a regular basis, as noted in the company's Transparency Report. The EFF notes that disabling Web History "does not change the fact that any information gathered and stored by Google could be sought by law enforcement."
"An IP address is like a street address or a phone number; it's the arrow that points packets of information your way when people send you things over the Internet," Rainey Reitman, Electronic Frontier Foundation's activism director, wrote in a blog post. "But it cannot tell you who is actually sitting behind a computer screen, typing at a computer."