EFF in the News
The digital rights group has been among those meeting with the payments company in recent weeks, as part of a process to get PayPal to reconsider its decision. The last meeting between the EFF and PayPal was on Friday, and its activism director, Rainey Reitman, told TechCrunch that she left with a “good feeling,” with PayPal’s general counsel indicating that they would be “discussing it internally and might even be able to make a public statement in the next week.”
The services will no longer be available to anyone who doesn't agree to the new policies but Internet users are not totally helpless and can take control of their own Google data protection by following a few useful tips.
Deactivate your web protocol: Google uses a so-called web protocol to personalize search results and ads. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recommends users delete and deactivate their web history at http://google.com/history.
"I think in many ways some of the things Google has been doing lately might be rooted in a need to be an innovative, creative company trying new things," Reitman said. "However, the significant effects of these things on privacy can be quite extraordinary. Because so many people rely on them for services, it will affect millions of people. I think we have to hold companies that have this much data to a higher standard."
Digital freedom group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has won another victory against the Las Vegas Review-Journal and its copyright enforcement partner.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Kurt Opsahl analyzes an important declaratory judgment from a Nevada federal court, which held that excerpting news articles in online postings was fair use.
Cindy Cohn, legal director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, replied by saying that anonymity is needed to allow freedom of expression and has been vital for pro-democracy movements such as last year's revolutions that spawned the phrase the Arab Spring. "This country was founded on unpopular ideas by unpopular speakers and they used anonymity. It's part of why we have protection of freedom of speech, to protect unpopular ideas," she said. "The Federalist papers were not signed, neither were the comments to them."
The result, notes EFF Web Developer Micah Lee, is that "you can now delete your GNOME activity log from the past hour, day, week, a specific date range, or everything stored on your computer."
Cindy Cohn, legal director at EFF, describes the Bush-Obama surveillance programs in this Boiling Frogs interview, co-hosted with Sibel Edmonds
Cohn joins us to discuss the critical constitutional questions raised by the government’s ongoing warrantless-illegal surveillance of American citizens without probable cause or a judicial warrant, and the implications of billions of everyday communications of ordinary Americans being swept up by government computers and run through a process that includes both data-mining and review of content
The EFF has joined forces with the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), and open source operating system software company Red Hat to ask the US Supreme Court to provide better guidelines on the patents that relate to software and computer-based inventions. They want the highest court in the land to clarify the definition of when an idea becomes too abstract to be patented. They argue collectively that current federal legislation is inconsistent, confusing, and impedes innovation.
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".