EFF in the News
Yes, and there are lots of ways they can do it. Web pages are a flexible platform for exchanging information, but that also means it can be easy to track what you’re looking at on them. The first method is through third-party content. Say Company A is an advertising or tracking firm. When you visit sites that display A’s ads or use A to track their visitors, A can identify your browser and see what pages you visit on those sites (and more). To learn how to mitigate these tactics, go to ssd.eff.org/cookies.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation last week took the wraps off a new Web site that is designed to help you keep the government from taking the wraps off your personal communications and stored data.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is supposed to balance the rights of copyright holders and online authors, while protecting Internet service providers from getting caught in the crossfire. But Google's policy for handling DMCA notices seems to leave bloggers with scant hope of getting improperly removed content restored...
According to Fred von Lohmann, an intellectual property attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, this presents an "unsettled question" for both bloggers and providers. "Many countries, including the UK, have a 'making available' right for copyright owners," says von Lohmann. "As a result, those copyright owners frequently argue that anything that can be accessed in their country violates their rights. I think that's wrong—the making available right is territorial, just like every other copyright interest, and so it only applies if someone is making the work available in the UK (i.e., the server is in the UK). But I don't think any courts have definitively ruled on this issue."
Back in January, we noted that the EFF had scored another hit in its ongoing patent-busting project, getting the USPTO to re-examine a patent held by Seer Systems. It appears that Seer Systems doesn't much like being targeted by the EFF and decided to threaten the group with a defamation lawsuit over how it described Seer's actions.
Craigslist, the online classifieds juggernaut, has run afoul of authorities once again, over the ads in its adult section. On Thursday, the sheriff in Cook County, Ill., called the site the “largest source of prostitution in America,” and filed a civil lawsuit to get Craigslist’s “erotic services” section shut down...
Does the sheriff’s suit have a legal leg to stand on? Electronic Frontier Foundation senior staff attorney Matt Zimmerman doesn’t think so. “I would be surprised if it went very far,” he said today. Aside from Craigslist already cooperating with authorities, a federal court has already ruled that Web sites are immune to liability for what a third party posts, so long as the site doesn’t directly help create that content. And if it ever got that far, constitutional freedom of speech protections likely also apply to Craiglist, he said.
A heartfelt thank you from liberty central to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for its Surveillance Self-Defence website, which aims to educate the public about "the law and technology of government surveillance ... [as well as] providing the information and tools necessary to evaluate the threat of surveillance and take appropriate steps to defend against it."
“The Kindle Swindle?,” by Roy Blount Jr. (Op-Ed, Feb. 25), missed the heart of the matter.
As we explained in the blog post to which Mr. Blount referred, there is no legal basis for the claim that authors are owed royalties for the Kindle’s “read to me” feature.
In the five years since he co-founded RateMDs.com, a site where patients rate their doctors, John Swapceinski has been threatened with lawsuits at least once a week. Not one disgruntled physician has actually carried out his threats, Swapceinski tells MediaPost...
Certainly digital rights advocates are chomping at the bit to take on Medical Justice in court. When asked about the prospect of a review site defending a copyright infringement lawsuit for posting a patient review, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Matt Zimmerman had this to say: "I want that case."
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has accused RealNetworks of destroying evidence relevant to a lawsuit over the company's DVD-copying software...
In a letter sent to the Electronic Frontier Foundation in October, the MPAA said that groups who defend companies like Real are living in the past, and that P2P is out while legit video options are totally in.
Google is promising that its new location-reporting service Latitude, which lets you broadcast where you are to your friends, will have a memory leak and won't remember anything...
The policy, created in consultation with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, puts Latitude on equal privacy footing with Loopt, a popular friend-finding service that predates Latitude. Both services now overwrite your previous location with your new location, and don't keep logs.