EFF in the News
Last week a consortium of groups -- including the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse -- wrote an open letter to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg [PDF] saying essentially what I (and many others) also said after FB's nominal response to the recent privacy uproar: Nice start, but... not enough by half, at least.
Privacy campaigners the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project have jointly released a beta version of a Firefox extension that encrypts all connections to compatible websites.
Following that admission, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil liberties group, said in a blog post, "There's no reason to doubt Google's claim of mistake, but at this point in their growth and sophistication, Google should not be making these kinds of privacy errors."
If you want to protect your searches from becoming fodder for enhanced corporate ripoff or a treasure trove for teenage hackers, try the new privacy plugin from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"[The Facebook partner sites] would see the usual cookie that they set in your browser, and the one that Facebook's API constructs using Ajax, simultaneously," says Eckersley. "The design of the Facebook API clearly anticipates that the Website will do this."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project have released a public beta of a new Firefox extension that lets people encrypt their communications with Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.
HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox add-on created by The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation...Installing this add-on is a good idea for users who often use public Wi-Fi hotspots; having your connection encrypted via HTTPS is the only thing that keeps you safe from various sniffing attacks.
The EFF has announced the availability of a new Firefox add-on called HTTPS Everywhere. As the name implies, it forces the browser to use a secure connection when the user visits a supported Web site.
"Facebook continues to push its users into more and more public sharing -- sharing that it's not at all clear members want or fully understand," said Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one of the signatories of the letter.
"We're calling on Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to respect their members and give them the information and the tools they need for true control," Bankston said.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which wrote a friend of the court brief in the case, pointed out that many employers allow personal use of BlackBerry devices and pagers because it makes workers more efficient. And some states have passed laws that force companies to let employees know their electronic communications will be monitored.