EFF in the News
Privacy advocates have complained for years about Web users having little control over being tracked and targeted. The largest ad networks are operated by Google, Adobe, Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL. "We have seen the industry try, and fail, to self-regulate in this arena," says Rainey Reitman, analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation advocacy group, believes government agencies and corporations will find it difficult to resist tapping deeper into sensor data. "If there's money to be made or a mission to be accomplished by correlating this data, it's the height of skepticism to argue that it's never going to happen," he says.
In the hope of stopping ‘copyright trolls’ such as XPAYS, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an amicus brief last week in which it asks an Illinois judge to quash subpoenas issued in pay-up-or-else lawsuits involving alleged illegal file-sharing of pornography.
“Copyright owners have a right to protect their works, but they can’t use shoddy and unfair tactics to do so,” said EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry. “We’re asking the court to protect the rights of each and every defendant, instead of allowing these copyright trolls to game the system.”
"Broad new swaths of previously public records will be hidden from view" if the court rules for AT&T, writes Rebecca Jeschke of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which generally supports individuals' privacy claims. "It's not hard to imagine how documents on the BP oil spill, or coal mine explosions, or the misdeeds of Bernie Madoff's investment firm might be significantly harder to find if AT&T's misguided arguments prevail."
he E.F.F (Electronic Frontier Federation) as part of its ongoing investigation into how law enforcement obtains and uses personal information, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding social networking. It requested that federal and state agencies alike provide a copy of requirements sent to them from the social media giants on How to Obtain Private Information for official Justice Department use.
Enter Chilling Effects, a non-profit educational project run jointly by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and an impressive collection of law schools. Chilling Effects invites the public to submit takedown notices, after which they are posted, commented upon by the public and studied by legal scholars. Google, being the netizen that it is, had been dutifully forwarding all of Perfect10’s takedown notices to Chilling Effects. Then, in place of the removed images, Google included a link to the takedown notice with a statement that said:
“In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at ChillingEffects.org.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is worried by the lawsuit Sony recently filed against hackers of the PlayStation 3.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending digital civil liberties, has gotten behind the PlayStation 3 hackers Sony sued for cracking the console's security measures. The EFF's official stance on the suit is that it's downright "frightening."
Here, though, are five efforts by prominent journalists and organizations to do just that. The five posts here serve as digests of the last year's Wikileaks news, selected according to personal assessment of newsworthiness and salience. They are a valuable resource for anyone who wants to ascertain for him or herself whether it is true that "Wikileaks told us nothing new."
Electronic Frontier Foundation: Rainey Reitman: The Best of Cablegate: Instances Where Public Discourse Benefited from the Leaks
This post by Rainey Reitman lists "a small selection of cables that [have] been critical to understanding and evaluating controversial events." Among the revelations overviewed are the DYNCORP "dancing boy" scandal, and the misuse of the U.S. diplomatic corp to fix contracts and law reform for big business. Valuable commentary is provided for each entry.
Corrynne McSherry and Marcia Hofmann of the EFF write :
For years, EFF has been warning that the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can be used to chill speech, particularly security research, because legitimate researchers will be afraid to publish their results lest they be accused of circumventing a technological protection measure. We've also been concerned that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act could be abused to try to make alleged contract violations into crimes.
Chris Palmer -- formerly Google Android security framework engineer and now Technology Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- writes about the cavalier attitude toward security exhibited by the major mobile operating system vendors, and the risk this poses to all of us: