EFF in the News
In a Denver Post story laying out the case earlier this month, Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed a brief in support of Friscou, had said, “if the government wins in this case, and they are able to force her to decrypt the laptop … it’s the erosion of the Fifth Amendment. It’s seeing the Fifth Amendment not keeping up with advances in technology.”
This led to a rapidly cascading series of events that has included a dubious cease-and-desist letter from Carrier IQ to Mr. Eckhart, an apology from Carrier IQ after the Electronic Frontier Foundation interceded on Mr. Eckhart’s behalf, letters from several members of Congress, multiple class-action lawsuits against Carrier IQ and its corporate customers, including Samsung and HTC, and a reported U.S. government probe.
It is troubling that legitimate digital storage services should feel compelled to monitor their users, says intellectual property director Corynne McSherry of the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation. "In terms of privacy, that should be a concern," she says.
What effect are these actions having on the Web, and the legislation? We discuss with Declan McCullagh of CNET and Trevor Timm of the EFF.
More than six months after it first launched, Google+ is set to finally allow users to create accounts using pseudonyms. Google announced that it planned to do so back in October in response to complaints from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others, who said pseudonyms are necessary to ensure freedom of expression for people in danger of retribution for speaking out on controversial topics.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s activism team has personally posted on Reddit to thank the service and the users of the service for everything that they have done to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act. From the GoDaddy SOPA support incident to the Reddit blackout, the EFF says that Reddit’s support had a ‘major impact’ on the fate of the issue.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a European treaty ostensibly intended to target the sale of counterfeit physical goods online, but critics believe could hinder free expression. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has said that “disturbingly little information” has been divulged about the treaty’s contents and that the agreement’s aim to set a new standard for intellectual property enforcement is not clear about how Internet service providers can and should remove infringing material from the Internet.
Mitch Stolz, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that although such restrictions are not unheard of in high-end design or enterprise software, he finds Apple's approach worrisome. "It's a step in a troubling direction because [the limitations affect] a piece of software that looks like it enables a very general end-user creative process."
"This is what we're going to be fighting about for the next 10, 20, 30 years," said Hanni Fakhoury, an Electronic Frontier Foundation attorney. "If they get a warrant, the Fourth Amendment is satisfied. But the problem has been that oftentimes, the government is not getting a warrant."