EFF in the News
Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation profiled FinFisher and Amesys, two of the companies that had been caught selling network spying tools to despotic regimes around the world, including Hosni Mubarak's Egypt and Muammar Qaddafi's Libya. This week, EFF continues the series with profiles of Italy's Area SpA (which sells electronic tracking software to Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria) and Germany's Trovicor (which sells spyware to a dozen countries in the Middle East and North Africa).
Argentina and other Latin American countries are updating their decades-old national ID systems and moving to biometrics without a public debate on the privacy and data-protection implications of these proposals, according to Katitza Rodriguez, the international rights director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that defends digital rights.Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/20/v-fullstory/2652026/argentines-concerned-about-enhanced.html#storylink=cpy
The money raised during the Humble Bundle Mojam event is going towards four charities: Child’s Play, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, charity: water and the American Red Cross.
After analysing 7.1 million keys, cryptography researchers found that 27,000 (or 0.03 per cent) of them were improperly generated, offering “no security at all”. The finding was based on an audit of public keys used to protect HTTPS connections, using data from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's SSL Observatory project, led by Arjen Lenstra of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). The team used a 2,400-year-old Euclidean algorithm to look for cases where prime factors were unexpectedly shared by multiple public keys.
The report caused privacy advocates like the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) to lambast the search giant for its actions.
"The data retention mandate in this bill would treat every Internet user like a criminal and threaten the online privacy and free speech rights of every American," according to Kevin Bankston, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Requiring Internet companies to redesign and reconfigure their systems to facilitate government surveillance of Americans' expressive activities is simply un-American."
The EFF summed it up like this, "This sweeping new 'mandatory data retention' proposal treats every Internet user like a potential criminal and represents a clear and present danger to the online free speech and privacy rights of millions of innocent Americans."
Off the back of the sale of over 77,000 bundles of three games, $458,208.95 was raised, to be distributed to Child's Play, Electronic Frontier Foundation, charity: water and the American Red Cross.
“It’s not surprising that European citizens are taking to the streets in the thousands to protest against an agreement that puts rightsholders’ private economic interests ahead of their fundamental rights,’’ said Gwen Hinze, the international intellectual property director with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based group that defends civil liberties on the Internet.