EFF in the News
Excellent paper: "On Locational Privacy, and How to Avoid Losing it Forever."
Among other conditions, ticket purchasers must agree to assign the copyright in their photos or videos to Burning Man, the Electronic Frontier Foundation reports. Audience members also must agree to refrain from using Burning Man trademarks online -- which means they can't label photos or videos with the words "Burning Man," the EFF reports.
A new report out by the Electronic Frontier Foundation says it’s up to the programmers to start respecting our privacy and stop collecting and storing this information. We hear from a co-author of EFF’s report and a privacy officer from a programming company
Fred von Lohmann, senior attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for Internet users and technology firms, said late Tuesday evening that Patel's decision is a setback for innovators and consumers.
"This is yet another example of the way the DMCA harms innovation without doing anything to stop what the studios call piracy," von Lohmann said. "This enables the studios to take consumers' fair use rights and sell them back to them one DVD at a time.
As pointed out by the EFF, this doesn't spell good things for Real or anyone else looking to enter into the market, even if Real decides to appeal. "[G]iven the pace of the federal appeals process, this means that the RealDVD products will likely stay off the market for at least a year," wrote EFF staff attorney Fred von Lohmann.
Lethem is one of several authors — including Michael Chabon and Cory Doctorow — who have signed on to a campaign to pressure Google Books to offer greater privacy guarantees for its readers. The effort was organized by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"They know which books you search for," says Cindy Cohn, legal director for the foundation. "They know which books you browse through; they know how long you spend on each page."
“These seem to be contradicting points,” said Fred von Lohmann, a copyright attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group based in San Francisco.
Cindy Cohn, the legal director at the online rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, says: "It appears that these companies are forcing the government to lower the privacy protections that the government had promised the American people."
Meanwhile other privacy advocates, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, gave the proposed changes a warmer reception. In comments filed jointly, the two groups said that the principles proposed by the government “form a solid foundation to govern the use of tracking technologies.” But the groups also suggested various additions, including better disclosure of the mechanisms used to track individuals, to the proposed policies.
The EFF has weighed in on this trend with a timely whitepaper: On Location Privacy and How to Avoid Losing It Forever. The paper includes a number of scenarios with actionable solutions and a number of reason why companies should care.