EFF in the News
If you want to protect your searches from becoming fodder for enhanced corporate ripoff or a treasure trove for teenage hackers, try the new privacy plugin from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"[The Facebook partner sites] would see the usual cookie that they set in your browser, and the one that Facebook's API constructs using Ajax, simultaneously," says Eckersley. "The design of the Facebook API clearly anticipates that the Website will do this."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project have released a public beta of a new Firefox extension that lets people encrypt their communications with Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.
HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox add-on created by The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation...Installing this add-on is a good idea for users who often use public Wi-Fi hotspots; having your connection encrypted via HTTPS is the only thing that keeps you safe from various sniffing attacks.
The EFF has announced the availability of a new Firefox add-on called HTTPS Everywhere. As the name implies, it forces the browser to use a secure connection when the user visits a supported Web site.
"Facebook continues to push its users into more and more public sharing -- sharing that it's not at all clear members want or fully understand," said Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of the signatories of the letter.
"We're calling on Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to respect their members and give them the information and the tools they need for true control," Bankston said.
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.