Friday, September 30, 2011

The Electronic Frontier Foundation

On the Internet, the EFF fights the legal battles for privacy, transparency and free speech. They are a serious organization with a great track record, and their positions are well thought out. The EFF has consistently worked to protect the interests of individuals.

The EFF:
  • Promotes transparency in government through the use of the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Defends the free speech rights of bloggers, journalists, dissidents and ordinary people online.
  • Protects your right to privacy while using social network tools like Facebook & Twitter.

If these goals match your values, visit the EFF online and consider contributing.

One of their current initiatives is to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA). The ECPA was written at a time when the Internet was very young. There were few users, and no web (and certainly no Facebook or Google!). In the 25 years since, our communications technologies have grown, our level of participation has skyrocketed, but the law has not evolved. EFF is organizing a coalition of privacy organizations and Internet companies to press Congress to upgrade the ECPA “to better protect our digital privacy in the 21st century.” You and I can add our individual voices to theirs to let Congress know that tracking cell phones and reading email and social network accounts should never be done lightly and should always require a warrant.

Support the EFF, and support the updating of the ECPA.


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