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If you value the privacy of your IM conversations, do not upgrade to the new preview version of AOL Instant Messenger.
That’s the word from privacy rights advocates at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) after the discovery that AOL is storing more logs of communications on its servers and because the company is scanning all private IMs for URLs to pre-fetch them from its servers.
Digital rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is advising users of AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) not to upgrade to the next version of the instant messaging application because its features expose them to privacy risks.
... as the EFF warns, the bill's "vague language would create devastating new tools for silencing legitimate speech all around the Web."
Privacy rights advocates at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are urging computer users to adopt just one resolution in 2012: Commit to full disk encryption on every computer you own.
"Since the dragnet spying program first came to light, we have been fighting for the chance to have a court determine whether it is legal," EFF legal director Cindy Cohn said in a statement. "The Ninth Circuit has given us that chance, and we look forward to proving the program is an unconstitutional and illegal violation of the rights of millions of ordinary Americans."
Additionally, Namecheap announced that once 25,000 transfers had been processed that they would double the donation to $2 per transfer. This resulted in a tremendous final push among Internet users and Namecheap customers, and the 25,000 goal was easily reached by the end of the evening, resulting in a minimum $50,000 donation to EFF.
The statement was released the same day that rival registrar NameCheap sponsored MoveYourDomain Day, an effort to get GoDaddy customers to move their sites to other registrars (namely NameCheap, of course). NameCheap said it processed at least 25,000 transfers yesterday and pledged to donate $2 to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for every subsequent transfer.
We look forward to proving the program is an unconstitutional and illegal violation of the rights of millions of ordinary Americans," said Cindy Cohn, the foundation's legal director.