Eva Galperin from the EFF discusses the growing threat of “traitorware,” the class of software and devices that work behind your back to betray your privacy. Notable examples include the Sony BMG rootkit, printer tracking dots, and locational metadata. Other examples are still in the planning stages, such as Apple’s proposed patent which would allow the iPhone to record your voice, take a picture of your location, and even take your pulse and report this data back to the mothership. This talk will dissect the differences between a cool new feature that will help your users and sneaky traitorware that will have them up in arms.
A lifelong geek, Eva misspent her youth working as a Systems Administrator all over Silicon Valley. Since then, she has seen the error of her ways and earned degrees in Political Science and International Relations from SFSU. She comes to EFF from the US-China Policy Institute, where she researched Chinese energy policy, helped to organize conferences, and attempted to make use of her rudimentary Mandarin skills. Her interests include aerials, rock climbing, opera, and not being paged at 3 o’clock in the morning because the mail server is down.