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Monday, June 13, 2011

Wikileaks copycats accused
of slippery terms of service
The Wall Street Journal and al Jazeera sites reserve the right to revoke anonymity of whistleblowers, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a watchdog group.

"The success of Wikileaks in obtaining and releasing information has inspired mainstream media outlets to develop copycat sites, including ones run by the Wall Street Journal and Al-Jazeera," EFF said. "EFF's review of the terms of services of these sites reveals that they aren't adequately protecting the security and privacy of sources."

For example, said EFF, terms of service for Al-Jazeera's site give the administrators flexibility to "share personally identifiable information in response to a law enforcement agency’s request, or where we believe it is necessary."

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