EFF in the News
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.
If other strong Net Neutrality supporters like the Electronic Frontier Foundation realize that FCC regulation might very well have a negative effect on freedom of expression on the Internet.
At least insofar as the proposed class actions were concerned, Jennifer Granick, a civil liberties attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, suggested having a judge or a so-called “special master” sift through the data to determine whose data Google obtained. That should only happen if Google is found to have done something unlawful, she said.
“This raises my eyebrows,” she said. “I don’t think we need to know what any of this data is yet, because there’s nothing to suggest Google did this intentionally.”