Feeds

Electronic Frontier Foundation bails from Global Network Initiative

PRISM claims a casualty as EFF can't bear to be associated with NSA

SANS - Survey on application security programs

The Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF) has resigned from the Global Network Initiative (GNI), citing the presence of GNI members who co-operated with the NSA as making its ongoing involvement untenable.

The GNI was established in 2008 and aims to promote privacy and freedom of speech online. Its membership roster comprises academics, governments and plenty of IT companies. Among those in the latter category are Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!

The world now knows that the NSA had its digital tentacles into those companies, the EFF feels uncomfortable collaborating with them. That the companies mentioned above participate in a forum like the GNI to pursue its stated aims of privacy but then also co-operate with the NSA is a bridge too far for the EFF.

In a resignation letter sent to the GNI it says the organisation “... no believes we can sign our name onto joint statements that rely on shared knowledge of the security of company products or their internal processes.”

The letter also offers the following observation:

“However, until serious reforms of the US surveillance programs are in place, we no longer feel comfortable participating in the GNI process when we are not privy to the serious compromises GNI corporate members may be forced to make. Nor do we currently believe that audits of corporate practice, no matter how independent, will uncover the insecurities produced by the US government's—and potentially other governments'—behavior when operating clandestinely in the name of national security.”

The EFF signs off by wishing the GNI well and saying it hopes the two can work together. The letter leaves no doubt, however, that the EFF feels its signature cannot ever appear on the same letterhead as the likes of Google and Facebook. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'
So it begins ... or maybe not, says one analyst
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.