EFF in the News
But reader Hephaestus alerts us to the EFF's highlighting of a brief by a group of content creators who have used YouTube to get their works seen and heard without having to go through the usual gatekeepers. The group refers to itself as the "Sideshow Coalition" in response to Viacom's rather demeaning claim that the interests of such legitimate creators was nothing more than a sideshow. But the brief (pdf) shows that they're not a sideshow at all, but people who were enabled to do great things because of YouTube, and that would be put at risk with a ruling in favor of Viacom
"It's an incredibly competitive market right now when talking about search and social networks," said Tim Jones, an activist and technology manager at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Any newcomer is trying to find any advantage they can get, so it's only natural that as consumer awareness on privacy issues increases and as the big players lose credibility, the newcomers will try to take advantage of that."
But some experts including the US-based Electronic Frontier Foundation feel that it will be better if Google does not hand over this data to the European authorities. They fear that giving this data back to the authorities can result in further harming privacy.
eWEEK reported Wednesday that antitrust investigators are looking into the strategy behind Apple's iTunes store to determine if the company has abused any monopoly power it might have in the digital music space to stifle competition. Not long before that, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice were rumored to be digging a little deeper into the terms of its iPhone developer agreement. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, among others, claimed the agreement was anti-competitive.
But is Apple, a secretive company at best, suited as an arbiter of what people can download onto their own devices?
‘No-one would be comfortable in a world where Microsoft had to "approve" every application on a Windows computer,' says Fred Von Lohmann, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Mozilla has been a vocal critic of Apple's ban of rival browsers. Last year, the company backed a request by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that would allow iPhone owners to "jailbreak" their phones without fear of copyright infringement penalties.
Orgs like Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been critical of industry motives on efforts like a proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement -- an international effort to boost enforcement of intellectual property laws as a backdoor way to dramatically change copyright infringement penalties. Among other things, such interest groups raise worries that the industry is seeking a requirement that Internet providers turn off customers' accounts when they are found to be illegally trading or viewing movies, but MPAA officials say that what they are pursuing is greater cooperation among providers.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says that “more is needed” from Facebook to address privacy criticisms.
In a blog post, the civil liberties group praised Facebook for a “great first step” towards giving members of the site more control over their data.
However, it warned members against choosing the site’s recommended privacy control setting.
Especially for businesses, this generates security and privacy concerns. And Amazon is not the only e-book vendor whose licence allows it to monitor its readers. Privacy advocates from the Electronic Frontier Foundation have published a comparison of the privacy stances of several popular readers and e-book providers.
Facebook's half-billion users have entrusted it with an enormous responsibility. As Facebook says in its own "Principles" document, "People should have the freedom to decide with whom they will share their information, and to set privacy controls to protect those choices."
Here at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, we've gone a step further by creating a social networking Users' Bill of Privacy Rights.