EFF in the News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced an update to their HTTPS Everywhere Firefox extension. The update adds a “Decentralized SSL Observatory” feature that looks for weaknesses in the encryption of sites that users are visiting. When it detects a security weakness, it alerts users that they are on a site that could leave them exposed to various kinds of tracking or attacks.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit on behalf of LawyerRatingz.com seeking a declaratory judgment that the website is not legally responsible for online ratings of a Florida law firm.
EFF says that there is evidence pointing to domestic corporate involvement in various countries where massive human rights violations have occurred over the past year. They claim that political prisoners in Bahrain have said their captors read back to them text messages they sent that could have only been obtained using Western spy technologies.
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