EFF in the News
Thanks to Wikileaks, we now have access to some of the cables sent from the US Embassy in Spain, and they show just how the US gets things done in other countries. Spanish daily El Pais reported on these cables at length and made them front-page news in Spain; for English-speaking readers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has a helpful summary.
Katina from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "From fighting fiendish copyright trolls, to freeing your smart phones from restrictions against jailbreaking, to helping you take better control of your privacy on Facebook, EFF works tirelessly for your digital rights. What better way to celebrate than to chronicle a few of our biggest fights in 8-bit style? These breakout victories were only possible thanks to individuals like you, so please consider making a year-end contribution if you haven't yet done so."
But what of those who work hard to protect these tenets so many hold near and dear? In the US the Electronic Frontier Foundation is one such organisation.
It was co-founded by John Perry Barlow, an American poet, essayist, retired cattle rancher, cyberlibertarian, political activist and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead.
Mr Perry Barlow told me that privacy in the world of the internet has been changed forever and that there is a real battle between what companies/governments/institutions know about us and what we know about them.
"Today, there's basically no practical choice that the average Internet user can make that would give them privacy online," said Peter Eckersley, a senior staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy advocacy group in San Francisco.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Monday formally named the members of its new intellectual property litigation team, bringing on board Yahoo’s senior legal director for copyright, and an entertainment attorney from the law firm of Loeb & Loeb in Chicago.
Corynne McSherry is the EFF’s intellectual property director after being at the non-profit for five years. She’ll be working with Senior Staff Attorney Abigail Phillips, who joined EFF from Yahoo! and Staff Attorney Julie Samuels.
Members of the nonprofit digital security and privacy advocacy organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) helped Facebook craft the revised policy.
Many other software and hardware providers try to deal with security flaws internally and do not encourage researchers to report issues, Marcia Hofmann, senior staff attorney at the EFF, said in a blog post Friday. As a result, researchers are often deterred from reporting such issues to companies out of fear of prosecution.
“Well-meaning Internet users are often afraid to tell companies about security flaws they've found — they don't know whether they'll get hearty thanks or slapped with a lawsuit or even criminal prosecution,” blogged Marcia Hofmann, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). "This tension is unfortunate, because when companies learn what needs to be fixed, their services will be better and their users safer.”
Upon hearing the news, the The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization aimed to defend digital rights, immediately stepped in hoping to sway a judge in favor of protected the downloaders identity.
To the downloaders relief, a West Virginian judge ruled that the adult film producer could not force Time Warner to reveal the downloader's identity as part of the effort to sue them for copyright infringement.
The EFF notes that many copyright trolls use this mass filing technique where they lump multiple illegal downloader into one large suit.
In a big victory in the fight against copyright trolls, a judge in West Virginia has blocked an attempt to unmask accused file sharers in seven predatory lawsuits involving the alleged illegal downloading of pornography. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), working with Charles J. Kaiser of Phillips, Gardill, Kaiser & Altmeyer, PLLC, filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the film companies were abusing the law in an attempt to pressure settlements.
Yesterday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals refused the government’s request to appeal and earlier pro-privacy determination that allows federal magistrates to mandate a warrant for cell phone location records based on probable cause.
Thanks to our friends at the E.F.F. (Electronic Frontier Foundation) for advocating privacy on the behalf of our citizens. According to the E.F.F. website these decisions have far-reaching effects for devices such GPS, web browsing histories, as well as our e-mails.
Two pro-Fourth Amendment court rulings in as many days are a sign the laws of land are starting to embrace virtual space as an extension of one’s self, to be revered and respected with the same tenacity as our homes.