EFF in the News
Government-mandated data retention of "millions of ordinary users is invasive, costly, and damages the right to privacy and free expression," the EFF said. "These requirements compel ISPs and telcos to create large databases of information about who communicates with whom via Internet or phone, the duration of the exchange, and the users' location."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a handy description (screenshots and everything!) of how exactly to do that. It's on my to-do list for this afternoon.
But how many drones are there, where are they, and what are they doing? Last month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit advocate of privacy and cyber freedom, filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration seeking specific information on drone flights in the United States. It did so because the FAA did not respond to its earlier freedom-of-information requests.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which focuses on civil liberties threats involving new technologies, sued the FAA recently, seeking disclosure of which agencies have been given permission to use drones. FAA officials declined to answer questions from The Associated Press about the lawsuit.
"All the information that you're handing over ends up in a big database, which then you lose control of who gets access to that database," Electronic Frontier Foundation spokesperson Rainey Reitman said.
This is a guest post from Eva Galperin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
If you want to keep Google from combining your Web History with the data they have gathered about you in their other products, such as YouTube or Google Plus, you may want to remove all items from your Web History and stop your Web History from being recorded in the future.
JOHNSON: And those questions go to the heart of what's in a suspect's head. Marcia Hoffman is an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco.
MARCIA HOFFMAN: If you are forced to turn over a key to a lock box, you know, that really doesn't reveal much about the contents of your mind. But if you're asked to turn over the combination to a combination lock, then that does reveal the contents of your mind
Mr. Thomas’s claims are meritless and run afoul of bedrock legal principles protecting website operators,” EFF senior staff attorney Matt Zimmerman said in a statement. “Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act categorically protects providers of ‘interactive computer services’ from suits such as this one seeking to make them responsible for the speech of their users. Without such protections, valuable sites like LawyerRatingz.com — or Facebook or Yelp or individual blogs that rely upon user comments — simply could not exist.”
I spoke with Galperin by phone to better understand what it really means.
Bug-sized spies and Big Brother's prying eyes, domestic surveillance drones are coming to your local cops soon. When the EFF, ALCU and EPIC all sound a red alert surveillance warning, if you care about your privacy then it would be wise to heed it.