Seattle Privacy supports #ResetTheNet campaign

Today’s launch of the Reset the Net campaign commemorates the anniversary of the first news stories on surveillance programs at the U.S. National Security Agency, based on leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has endorsed the effort in a statement through his lawyer.

Some well-known companies, organizations, and publishers have joined the campaign:

— Google announced an end-to-end encrypted email project.

— EFF is encouraging its members to run Tor relays that route Internet traffic on the secure Tor network.

BoingBoing will add SSL by default to protect user privacy and will make the Privacy Pack available on the site permanently.

— Reddit offers free ads to promote privacy tools.

Here’s the effort’s Privacy Pack, a set of free, open-source tools focused on protecting your privacy on the web:

Modeling privacy policy on Environmental Impact Statements

We’ve written before about how Seattle’s RSJI toolkit might be a good starting point for thinking about how to incorporate a privacy review into the processes of creating new programs and legislation in the City of Seattle.

Now here’s Michael Froomkin’s latest privacy paper, Regulating Mass Surveillance as Privacy Pollution: Learning from Environmental Impact Statements, discussion of modeling privacy rules on environmental regulations. Thanks to BoingBoing for getting the word out about this work. We have forwarded to Councilmember O’Brien for consideration during the summer’s research into how to make a data privacy board effective.