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EFF Endorses FTC’s Final Privacy Report

The Electronic Frontier Foundation approved of the Federal Trade Commission’s final report on digital consumer privacy yesterday, although the privacy advocate did express some caution in giving the report its wholesale endorsement. The EFF supported the FTC’s recommendation of the ‘Do Not Track’ feature that will soon be arriving with browsers, a function which would allow consumers to indicate to …

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Electronic Frontier Foundation Action Alert Warns Against Videogame Labeling

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) this week issued an “action alert” opposing a proposed bill making its way through congress that would slap warnings on videogame packaging. The warning would be similar to those on cigarette packages, reading: “WARNING: Exposure to violent video games has been linked to aggressive behavior.” On their site, the EFF provides a form to fill …

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YouTube Decoy Targets Syrian Activists With Malware

Syrian activists, beware: in addition to avoiding arrest and murder, now the Syrian government is trying to attack activists with a fake YouTube site that’s infecting Windows machines with malware. The YouTube decoy attempted to get Syrian activists to visit by hosting videos related to the opposition movement but, really, it’s like a small bulb dangling from the antena of …

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SXSW 2012 Agenda For Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation team will be at SXSW 2012, of course. They have announced the panels their members will be appearing on at the Austin festival this weekend. From the EFF blog: EFF Intellectual Property Director Corynne McSherry will be joining a panel entitled “Fighting for Your Users Without Becoming a Target.” The four-person panel—targeted at online service providers …

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How Patents Hinder Technology & Impair Innovation

The concept of patents have noble intentions, but like all good intentions it travels a fast and fiery road southbound. Look at the state of the patent turf wars lately. Spanning from tablets to train stations, patent lawsuits are sprouting up everywhere and seemingly infect everything. The trend is particularly virulent among tech companies, where Google, Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Microsoft …

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ArrivalStar’s Jones Patent Claim Endangers Online Shipment Tracking

One of the great amenities of buying things online is that you can usually track the shipping progress of your purchase all the way from the vendor’s warehouse to your front porch. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, that wonderful feature, along with many other services that make life more convenient for people, could go the way of the dinosaur …

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EFF Releases HTTPS Everywhere Extension For Firefox, Chrome

Like it or not, the internet is changing. We who use the internet have passed into the era of uncertain privacy and questionable surveillance of our online activities. Rather than await the full implications of what the Googles and Facebooks are doing with our private information, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Tor have partnered to not only encourage internet users …

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HTTPS Everywhere Updated To Detect Security Holes

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced an update to their HTTPS Everywhere Firefox extension. The update adds a “Decentralized SSL Observatory” feature that looks for weaknesses in the encryption of sites that users are visiting. When it detects a security weakness, it alerts users that they are on a site that could leave them exposed to various kinds of tracking …

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Is TPP Worse Than SOPA, PIPA & ACTA?

First there was SOPA, then there was PIPA. The Internet beat those back. Then along came ACTA inciting protests around the world. Up next is something far worse and far more secret – the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. For those that don’t know about TPP, which is probably a large majority of the population, it’s a treaty being devised by the …

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EFF Wants To Help MegaUpload Users Get Their Stuff Back

The U.S. government shutdown of MegaUpload left lots of users in the lurch. Though many of MegaUpload’s users were no doubt guilty of the copyright infringement that brought the site down, many were not. Though there are no clear percentages, a great many of MegaUpload’s users were undoubtedly innocent, and the data they stored on MegaUpload’s servers was completely legal. …

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EFF Petitions Copyright Office To Keep Jailbreaking Legal

In 2010 the U.S. Copyright Office sided with users and developers when it issued a declaration exempting jailbreaking/rooting from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The exemption meant that the jailbreak community could come out into the open without fear of legal action for copyright infringement. Now, however, the exemption granted by the Copyright Office is set to expire, and the …

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EFF Held An AMA Q&A Today On Reddit About SOPA, PIPA, et al.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation‘s activism team visited the land of Reddit today with a mission: (image)@EFFEFFThe EFF activism team is doing an AMA Q&A session on @Reddit today. Have questions for us? Ask them here: https://t.co/OrjisETg(image) 1 hour ago via Thingie · powered by @socialditto The EFF activist team – Rainey Reitman, Eva Galperin, Trevor Timm, and Parker Higgins – was also …

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