EFF in the News
But Kurt Opsahl, senior staff attorney with San Francisco's Electronic Frontier Foundation, noted that his organization has advocated for more intuitive privacy controls since May 2010, when Facebook didn't have competition from Google+.
Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said that if users feel more confident about who can see the material they are posting, they may start to use the social network even more. "The proof will be in whether people are actually using these controls," said Mr Opsahl, who was also consulted by Facebook on the changes.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a civil liberties group, claims such a bill would “break the Internet,” while Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says it sets “a disastrous precedent” for freedom of speech.
"It's no longer acceptable for companies to plead ignorance about how technology they sell is used," said Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a civil liberties group, claims such a bill would "break the Internet," while Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says it sets "a disastrous precedent" for freedom of speech.
The EFF, in collaboration with the Tor Project, launched the official 1.0 version of HTTPS Everywhere tool on Aug. 4, just past a year after the first beta version was released in June 2010. According to EFF's blog post, the extension will help secure Internet browsing by encrypting connections to more than 1,000 Web sites.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation countered, saying, “The problem with the civility argument is that it doesn’t tell the whole story.”
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The EFF said the legal tactic amounted to an abuse of the legal system.
'The intent of these lawsuits is to get peoples' identifying information and attempt to extort settlements out of them,' said Corynne McSherry, EFF's intellectual property director.
"Will the criminal case help them? Absolutely," says Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who's a former federal public defender. "They're going to learn a lot more about what happened."