EFF in the News
Human Rights Watch, represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, filed their lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday morning to stop the DEA from hoovering up billions of records of Americans’ international calls without a warrant.
Kurt Opsahl talks to Dark Reading about government surveillance and privacy in anticipation of his Interop keynote.
Privacy rights and cybersecurity will take center stage at Interop later this month when the Electronic Frontier Foundation's head attorney takes the podium for a keynote titled "How the NSA is Spying on You." Dark Reading spoke with Kurt Opsahl, general counsel for the EFF, to get a preview of his talk and tackle some of the privacy issues that are driving his advocacy.
“That does sound bad!” Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, senior staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, wrote in an email Wednesday after he learned of the situation. “It’s not likely to lead to bulk data breaches, but it means that individual’s data is at risk whenever they are accessing these websites.”
"This is an improvement, but it doesn't do nearly enough," Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, a technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the New York Times. "Verizon should discontinue its header injection program, or at a minimum make it opt-in."
“Today, it’s testing at the border, tomorrow it could be facial recognition deployed in public places,” worries Dave Maass, a researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Today, the photos taken are being kept segregated from other departments and agencies, tomorrow they could be shared for a whole host of other purposes.”
What little we know about the FBI’s history with spyware raises questions. For instance, there was internal confusion about how to deploy spyware that suggests that the FBI hasn’t been sure how much it intruded on privacy. While the agency now requires a warrant and a Pen/Trap order to use CIPAV, documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation show several FBI agents discussed deploying the spyware without warrants before finally asking for clarification in 2007.
Beijing officials are widely thought to have orchestrated the massive digital assault against GitHub in an effort to suppress content content that is normally blocked in the country.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called the incident a "disquieting and unprecedented development in the history of state-orchestrated [cyber]attacks.”
Senior staff attorney Lee Tien with the Electronic Frontier Foundation heralded the report as flagging important issues about consumers' awareness and control over their own data. And he says the report sends an "important" signal that the FTC won't "buy the line" that broad data collection is inevitable or that existing privacy protections should be abandoned because the nature of privacy is changing.
The unique attack method used to disrupt the code-sharing site GitHub over the last week could have been prevented if more websites enabled encryption, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said Wednesday.
In this case, Reddit correctly recognized the request as not being legally binding, and alerted the users anyways—an unusual move for a company. “These informal requests don’t bind anyone to anything and so it takes a court order to silence a company,” said Hanni Fakhoury, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.