EFF in the News
Mitch Stoltz, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote in an article for Law.com that software developers “breathed a sigh of relief” as a result of the jury decision on Thursday. ‘The jury’s finding that Google’s use of elements of the Java programming language was a fair use under copyright law validates a common practice in the software industry, one that has led to a great deal of innovation,” he wrote.
Stoltz added that he was still troubled by the appellate ruling in the case that left Google with only a fair use defense. “Fair use cases can be unpredictable,” he said, "especially where complex new technology is involved.”
David Greene, senior staff attorney at the EFF, said the dispute was between the company and the agency that released the documents. Ultimately, whatever harm may or may not fall on the company because of documents provided to MuckRock “does not diminish MuckRock's right to publish information,” he told Motherboard in a phone call.
“Changes to the e-commerce chapter continue to be made in complete isolation from the stakeholders it affects, notably the global Internet community of users and innovators. This legacy, closed model of trade negotiation is no way to be making public policy for the digital environment,” noted Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
“It does give a lot of breathing room to other companies and individuals trying to do a lot of innovative activity,” said Parker Higgins, director of copyright activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy group.
“At this point, it should go without saying that the information the FBI wants to include in the statue is extremely revealing — URLs, for example, may reveal the content of a website that users have visited, their location, and so on,” Andrew Crocker, staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote in an email to The Intercept.
"Your car essentially knows where you sleep, where you work, where you eat, where your kids go to school, if you go to church, if you're having an affair -- you name it," said Nate Cardozo, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to civil liberties online. "But the OEMs are opaque. They don't tell us what they're collecting, they don't tell us with whom they're sharing it, and they don't tell us how often the government comes knocking."
While tech companies like Google usually release a “transparency report” to show how frequently the government asks for information on their users, automakers don’t and it isn’t clear how often law enforcement requests data from connected cars. “Your car essentially knows where you sleep, where you work, where you eat, where your kids go to school, if you go to church, if you’re having an affair — you name it,” according to Nate Cardozo, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to civil liberties online. “But the OEMs are opaque. They don’t tell us what they’re collecting, they don’t tell us with whom they’re sharing it, and they don’t tell us how often the government comes knocking.”
"The ISP is the only market player that has the ability to see all of a consumer's online traffic and behavior," said Ernesto Falcon, a legislative counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Consumers can't hide from their ISP even if they tried."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the leading nonprofit organization defending electronic civil liberties, has also taken on the case.
“The FBI needs to open up and tell Isis what it is they want before she can decide if she will meet with them,” EFF Senior Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo told Sputnik. “They've said she isn't under investigation, but there are still too many unanswered questions. Isis has a right to know what's going on instead of playing this strange guessing game as she's pursued by federal agents.”
District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and her colleagues argue that a new bill requiring tech companies to weaken the security of their products would assist law enforcement, but they fail to mention the cost: the safety of all Americans’ data. - Opinion piece by Dave Maass is an investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that defends civil liberties at the crossroads of technology and the law.