EFF in the News
"You'd hope that even big police departments would have people on staff to know the law," says Mark Rumold, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "But the law is arcane and confusing. And there is a significant debate on what governs what. There's a learning curve they have to go through."
Forbes's Carol Pinchefsky profiles "4 Public Interest Groups Who Are Fighting for Your Digital Freedom" including EFF, Public Knowledge, TechFreedom and the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Thanks to a couple of defiant firms the shroud of secrecy over the NSLs has been chipped away. In 2007 the FBI sent a NSL to the Internet Archive demanding a full list of their users and records. The Internet Archive refused, retaining the support of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a digital advocacy group. The EFF fought hard and not only managed to dissolve the NSL, it also won legal permission to unseal the court letter, giving many in the public and media their first practical knowledge of this sweeping spying mechanism.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and other organizations concerned about privacy rights have warned of the dangers of misuse of geolocation data.
"In general, the reason why companies are reacting differently is that... folks are being called to task more often than they were several years ago," adding that pressure from organizations like GNI and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is making it harder for Silicon Valley firms to evade questions about the nature of the clients buying their products and services.
"I wouldn't call him personally a patent troll," Julie Samuels, a patent litigator who's now an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says of Amoroso. "But Yahoo brought him on board knowing his history. When certain businesses stop making money doing their core business, they attempt to monetize whatever they've got left. In Yahoo's case, it's patents."
San Francisco's Electronic Frontier Foundation said of the leak, 'It's time for Google to acknowledge that it can do a better job of respecting the privacy of Web users.'
Last week, the EFF also reported on the discovery of XtremeRAT. The Trojan spreads via email and chat messages, and was discovered on systems used by Syrian activists. It has the ability to capture webcam activity, record keystrokes, password sniffing and more. In addition, XtremeRAT can disable notifications from some AV vendors. Any information collected was sent to a server using a Syrian IP.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation was the first to call attention to the Jones patent racket, writing in a blog post on March 1: