EFF in the News
Today a remarkable "left/right" coalition that includes ACLU, Americans for Tax Reform, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, TechFreedom, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and my own organization, the Center for Democracy & Technology, has launched a campaign urging Congress to require warrants when the government comes calling for your email, online records, photos and the like.
The government should have to get a warrant from a judge before conducting electronic surveillance, just as it needs a warrant to tap ordinary phone calls or search our homes, argues the coalition, which includes ACLU, Americans for Tax Reform, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and TechFreedom.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is celebrating the White House's openness to public petitions with a plea to update the nation's electronic privacy law, which last saw major revision in 1986, and which has some pretty big loopholes:
In a letter to Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, European Digital Rights (EDRi); AKVorrat; Belgian Net Users' Rights Protection Association; Bits of Freedom; Electronic Frontier Foundation; European Federation of Journalists; Privacy International; Statewatch; and 30 other co-signatories, gave their opinion on the ongoing review of the Data Retention Directive.
Privacy and digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation awarded Apple one star in its "Who Has Your Back" campaign, calling on Internet giants to improve their privacy practices.
The EFF says that seizing the domain names is a violation of First Amendment rights and, in support of the parent company, has asked a federal appeals courts to return the domain names to their original owners.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation launched its “Who has your back” campaign in April this year, asking companies to be firmer in defending user data when government officials made requests for it.
Hackers have launched another attack on Syrian government websites, replacing the content with parodies of President Bashar al-Assad. EFF's Jillian York comments.
Jillian York, of the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, told NPR: "I've really never seen anything like this before, like the Syrian Electronic Army, which just seems to have so many members.
On Friday, CDT joined EFF and Public Knowledge in an amicus brief telling the appeals court that the seizure of domain names constitutes a prior restraint and demands careful First Amendment scrutiny—something entirely absent from the lower court's cursory analysis.