EFF in the News
“Do you want your conservative friends to know that you watched a hyperviolent “Saw” movie or movies about the gay experience like ‘Brokeback Mountain’?” says Kevin Bankston, a senior staff lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil rights group in San Francisco. “Do you want your liberal friends to know you watch an enormous amount of religious movies?”
And never a better time because, right now, every dollar you give to EFF will be matched three to one by Blake Krikorian and by the Brin Wojcicki Foundation.
"In one fell swoop, the panel opinion creates a new theory of criminal liability under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act," wrote EFF senior staff attorney Marcia Hofmann and staff attorney Hanni Fakhoury in an amicus curiae brief, "that gives employers the discretion to define what is and is not a federal crime."
But as the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Jillian York point out the problems for activists have not ended there. “Restrictions from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) still appear to prevent communications tools and services from being exported to Syrians without a license,” she writes. “We think that because of these restrictions, Syrians still cannot access Google products Chrome and Earth, cannot download Java, among various other tools, and cannot use hosting services like Rackspace, SuperGreenHosting and others.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) wants to change that: it has petitioned the US Copyright Office to make jailbreaking and rooting universally acceptable under law.
Until two years ago, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) won a DMCA exemption, it was technically illegal to "jailbreak" a smartphone like Apple's iPhone. The result of the 2009 exemption, the EFF argues, has been market innovation, as Apple has adopted features introduced first on jailbroken iPhone
The exemptions would dispel “any legal clouds” that may prevent users from running applications and operating systems not approved by the manufacturer, according to the EFF.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked the U.S. Copyright Office to exempt tablet and video game console jailbreaking from Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provisions and asked vendors to stop opposing the practice.
To find out, I called Eva Galperin, a privacy activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Generally speaking, I'm a fan of EFF because they're doing important work safeguarding the digital rights of consumers against business and government.