EFF in the News
Two civil-liberties groups–the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union–are filing suit against the Department of Justice looking to get information on the use of orders under a controversial part of the Patriot Act.
"Google does a better job in a lot of ways than most companies about receipt of government process," the EFF's Matt Zimmerman told TechNewsWorld. Nevertheless, Google could be more transparent, he noted.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Peter Eckersley has been monitoring the revocation of SSL certificates as a way of figuring out how often the 600+ certificate authorities are hacked.
"The financial blockade is a free speech issue," Trevor Timm, activist and blogger for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told TechNewsWorld. "The government, realizing they couldn't charge WikiLeaks with a crime for publishing classified information -- because all newspapers do that -- decided to pressure private companies like Amazon, Visa, and MasterCard into banning WikiLeaks.
For these reasons, progressive groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) with support from Google and Facebook and, surprisingly, members from both sides of the house, are campaigning for the act to be revised.
An analysis posted online by the EFF last week assuaged a number of browser and privacy experts, but they all said more analysis is needed.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is dispatching several staffers to speak at the event, and they've provided a helpful guide to the more interesting sessions to keep an eye on.
"Individual identifiers like IP and MAC addresses are not associated with browsing history, and are only collected for technical troubleshooting," Jon Jenkins, director of Silk development, told the EFF.
But the Electronic Frontier Foundation now says it believes Amazon will provide users with the tools to disentangle themselves.
The digital privacy rights group released a report yesterday analyzing several areas of concern it had with Silk, and how Amazon allayed them.
Google social vice president Vic Gundotra said Google+ will begin allowing people to use pseudonyms. While the Electronic Frontier Foundation declared victory, after having lobbied against Google’s requirement that people use their real names, Gundotra did not actually say when pseudonym support will be enabled.