EFF in the News
The EFF has announced the availability of a new Firefox add-on called HTTPS Everywhere. As the name implies, it forces the browser to use a secure connection when the user visits a supported Web site.
"Facebook continues to push its users into more and more public sharing -- sharing that it's not at all clear members want or fully understand," said Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of the signatories of the letter.
"We're calling on Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to respect their members and give them the information and the tools they need for true control," Bankston said.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which wrote a friend of the court brief in the case, pointed out that many employers allow personal use of BlackBerry devices and pagers because it makes workers more efficient. And some states have passed laws that force companies to let employees know their electronic communications will be monitored.
Privacy laws are somewhat more common in Latin America, where countries such as Argentina boast relatively strict European-style regimes. Mexico, which last year made data privacy a constitutional right, is also pushing through a new federal data-privacy law. The likely outcome is a mix of European and American privacy frameworks, predicts Katitza Rodriguez of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy group.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation asked regulators 18 months ago to add jailbreaking to a list of explicit exemptions to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions...The EFF’s Fred von Lohmann said legitimizing jailbreaking would create an app gold rush, and bring the unauthorized app market to the mainstream.
The issue of privacy has been nagging Facebook for quite awhile now, and it looks like advocacy groups are still not happy with the company’s progress in the space. In an open letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and eight other groups are asking the site to do more.
In an open letter on Wednesday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU of Northern California, and the Center for Democracy and Technology urged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to make "instant personalization" opt-in by default and provide more privacy options including allowing users to "control every piece of information they can share via Facebook."
Other security experts say Goatse did nothing wrong. "I don't have a problem with what they [Goatse] did," said Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who has worked on many disclosure cases. "No one was put at risk as a result of it."
"These are organizations that are formed for the purpose of suing, and they view the legal system as a system for making money and then use it to fund additional lawsuits," said Jennifer Granick, an attorney at the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has tried to help those in this situation by organizing willing groups of local lawyers around the country. The EFF made that list public today; if you need help, this is a good place to start.