EFF in the News
While acknowledging that many of the changes unveiled Wednesday will be good for privacy, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Attorney Kevin Bankston said the social networking site is also removing some important privacy controls that it should have kept.
"I think you're better off in some ways and worse off in some ways," he said. "It's really a mixed bag."
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement talks have sparked concern among some observers because of their secrecy. Advocacy organizations, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, say that an agreement like the ACTA draft could unleash new, scary regulations on Internet use.
Over the next decade, systems that track and record our movement through physical space will be woven inextricably into everyday life. Already we operate some location-based systems: dashboard navigation systems, smartphones with GPS features, and electronic tags that help us zip through toll stations. But in the coming years, location-aware tools will become more common, sophisticated, and indispensable.
The comments, which were filed jointly by the Library Copyright Alliance, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Internet Archive, and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, called for a multilateral treaty to resolve issues of accessibility for the blind and visually impaired.
The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group, said it filed 45 requests for records since Obama became president, and that agencies such as NASA and the Energy Department have been mostly cooperative in the spirit of Obama's promises. But the FBI and Justice Department? Not so much, said Nate Cardozo, working for the foundation on a project to expose new government surveillance technologies.
"These are new tools. There hasn't been a lot of discussion about how law enforcement can use them and what's appropriate, what's ethical," said attorney Marcia Hofmann of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit this week against the Defense Department, the Justice Department, the CIA and other federal agencies with intelligence-gathering arms.
Miller finally got her laptop back, nearly a month later, after a legal intervention by the local civil liberties organisation I work for, the Electronic Frontier Foundation. However, the questions that the seizure raises are still unanswered, and have ramifications wider than the San Francisco city limits.
"Of course, these 'absolute power to terminate' clauses are in no way unique to the Xbox Live TOS. While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreement for all kinds of services," EFF Adjunct Attorney Ed Bayley wrote. "There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."
Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) also criticised the government plans, saying that the legislation could actually undermine the digital economy, rather than shore it up.
"[The bill] burdens the digital industries with the demands of older incumbent sectors," wrote EFF international outreach coordinator Danny O'Brien on Tuesday. "The Digital Economy Bill has an open-ended requirement that ISPs pay for and implement record-keeping and technical measures against subscribers."