EFF in the News
The EFF is "deeply concerned about this pattern of pro-government malware targeting online activists in authoritarian regimes," wrote Eva Galperin and Morgan Marquis-Boire, on the organization's Deeplinks blog.
If you do either of those things, you'll open yourself up to a cyber attack implemented by stealing your credentials or downloading malware onto your computer. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), one of these phishing sites has been taken down, but there's a real risk that more will pop up soon.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation praised PayPal's decision.
"Free speech in the 21st Century depends on a chain of electronic service providers, and financial services like PayPal play a critical role in the unfettered exchange of information and ideas in the digital world," EFF activism director Rainey Reitman said in a statement. "We are so glad that PayPal has clarified its policy, and won't interfere with lawful access to legal content."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has been trying to secure the release of individual users’ personal data from Megaupload servers, so far without success. Other users are threatening legal action against the government.
And with that, it was able to rally groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE) and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) for support.
“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.