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EFF Applauds House Stand Against Telecom Immunity

San Francisco - Today the leadership of the House of Representatives circulated a draft surveillance bill rejecting the president's demand that Congress immunize telecoms that illegally participated in the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program. Rather than granting immunity, the bill would respond to the phone companies' complaints that they cannot defend...

New Telecom Whistleblower Describes Possible Gateway for Massive Surveillance of Wireless Communications

Washington D.C. - Three powerful House Commerce Committee Chairmen strongly urged their colleagues Thursday to defer acting on requests for retroactive immunity and to demand more information from the White House and the telecommunications companies in the wake of disclosures by another whistleblower that the government apparently has been granted...

EFF Lawsuit Demands Records of Contacts Between Former Justice Department Official and Google

Washington, D.C. - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, demanding information about communications between the DOJ's former top privacy official and Google, the official's current employer. Jane C. Horvath was named the DOJ's first Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer in February...

Research Team Finds Security Flaw in Popular Disk Encryption Technologies

San Francisco - A team including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Princeton University, and other researchers have found a major security flaw in several popular disk encryption technologies that leaves encrypted data vulnerable to attack and exposure. "People trust encryption to protect sensitive data when their computer is out of...

Open Source Advocate, Canadian Copyfighter, and AT&T Whistleblower Win Pioneer Awards

San Diego - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2008 Pioneer Awards: the Mozilla Foundation and its Chairman Mitchell Baker, University of Ottawa Professor Michael Geist, and AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein. The award ceremony will be held at 7pm, March 4th at the...

Senate Caves into Pressure - Won't Block Immunity for Illegal Spying

Washington, D.C. - Despite the strong leadership of senators like Chris Dodd and Russ Feingold, the Senate failed today to block provisions of a pending surveillance bill that would grant immunity to phone companies that assisted the government in illegal electronic surveillance. The Dodd-Feingold amendment to remove immunity from the...

House Committee Leaders Unite to Oppose Immunity for Telecoms

Washington, D.C. - Today, a formidable trio of House Committee Chairmen sent a stern letter to their colleagues urging them to oppose immunity for phone companies that assisted in the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program. The White House is demanding that immunity for the telecoms be included in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance...

Civil Liberties Groups Sue Homeland Security for Records on Intrusive Questioning and Searches of U.S. Travelers

Information Sought in Response to Growing Complaints of Harassment at U.S. Borders San Francisco - The Asian Law Caucus (ALC) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for denying access to public records on the questioning and searches of travelers at...

EFF to Urge Reform of State Secrets Privilege at Tuesday Congressional Hearing

Washington, D.C. - On Tuesday, January 29, at 9:30 a.m, members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on reform of the state secrets privilege, which the Executive Branch has often used in recent years to hinder judicial inquiry into controversial anti-terrorism policies such...

EFF Applauds Senator Reid's Decision to Delay Surveillance Bill Until January

Washington, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced today that due to the contentious nature of proposals to provide amnesty for telecoms that participated in the National Security Agency's (NSA) warrantless wiretapping program, further debate on the surveillance bill in the Senate would be delayed until January 2008. Reid's...

EFF Obtains Government Documents on Congressional Intelligence Briefings

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has received a second set of records from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) detailing behind-the-scenes briefings for lawmakers working to make substantial changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). EFF requested release of the records under the...

EFF Calls on Senate Judiciary Committee and Full Senate to Take More Time and Not Let Telephone Companies Off the Hook

Washington, D.C. - Tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to take up a bill introduced by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) that would substitute the government for the phone companies in all current litigation. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), co-lead counsel in the nearly 40 pending lawsuits against the major...

EFF Obtains Documents Detailing High-Level Battles Over Surveillance Law

San Francisco - Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) received the first of two batches of records from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concerning the Administration's attempts this past summer to enact the Protect America Act and eviscerate the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The records...

EFF Releases Reports and Software to Spot Interference with Internet Traffic

San Francisco - In the wake of the detection and reporting of Comcast Corporation's controversial interference with Internet traffic, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published a comprehensive account of Comcast's packet-forging activities and has released software and documentation instructing Internet users on how to test for packet forgery or...

Senators Must Reject Blanket Immunity for Telecoms' Role in Illegal Spying

Washington, D.C. - Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee meet Thursday to discuss letting telecoms off the hook for their role in illegal spying on millions of ordinary Americans -- a blatant attempt to block lawsuits that would determine if the surveillance is legal. The "FISA Amendments Act" includes blanket...

Judge Orders Telecommunications Companies to Preserve Evidence in Government Surveillance Cases

San Francisco - A federal judge today ruled on a preservation motion filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), ordering that telecommunications companies must preserve any evidence of collaborating with the government in illegal spying on ordinary Americans. In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ordered the telecommunications...

AT&T Whistleblower to Urge Senate to Reject Blanket Immunity for Telecoms

Washington, D.C. - On Wednesday, November 7, at 10:30am, telecommunications technician and AT&T whistleblower Mark Klein will speak out at a press conference on Capitol Hill, explaining why he is asking lawmakers to reject immunity for telecoms who assisted the Bush administration's spying on millions of Americans. Klein witnessed first-hand...

Fair Use Advocates Issue Principles for Protecting Online Videos

San Francisco - Online video-hosting services like YouTube have ushered in a new era of free expression online, as well as vigorous copyright enforcement efforts. Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of leading public interest groups issued a "Fair Use Principles" document that sets out six concrete...

EFF Suit Demands Telecom Lobbying Records from Director of National Intelligence

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) today, demanding any information about telecommunications companies' efforts to get off the hook for their role in the government's illegal electronic surveillance of...

Illegal Government Surveillance Opens Door to More Privacy Violations

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told a congressional committee today that the government's illegal dragnet electronic surveillance opens the door to even more privacy violations for ordinary Americans. The sheer volume of personal information collected and the databases in which that information is stored create a giant...

EFF Engages Veteran Lobbyists to Take Fight Against Warrantless Wiretapping to Capitol Hill

Thomas J. Downey and Adam M. Eisgrau Will Work to Block Amnesty for Telecoms San Francisco - As Congress debates letting the telecom industry off the hook for its compliance with illegal government surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has enlisted two veteran lobbyists to...

Justice Department Withholds Records of Stealth Campaign to Block Surveillance Suits

EFF Lawsuit Demands Information About Telecom Industry Lobbying Washington, D.C. - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) today, demanding any records of a telecom industry lobbying campaign to block lawsuits over their compliance with illegal electronic surveillance. EFF's lawsuit comes as Congress debates...

EFF Wins Protection for Security Researchers

Court Blocks DirecTV's Heavy-Handed Legal Tactics San Francisco - In an important ruling today, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals blocked satellite television provider DirecTV's heavy-handed legal tactics and protected security and computer science research into satellite and smart card technology after hearing argument from the Electronic Frontier Foundation...

Noted Computer Crime Attorney Comes to EFF

Jennifer Stisa Granick Named Civil Liberties Director San Francisco - Noted computer crime attorney Jennifer Stisa Granick has joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as its new Civil Liberties Director, working on government surveillance, Fourth Amendment, computer security, and computer crime law. Granick previously was Executive Director at Stanford Law...

EFF Challenges Bogus Patent on Internet Subdomains

Illegitimate Patent Used to Threaten Website Hosting Companies San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is challenging a bogus patent on Internet subdomains that has been used to threaten small businesses and innovators. Ideaflood, a self-proclaimed "intellectual property holding company," used this illegitimate patent to demand payment from website...

Thursday Hearing on Secret Orders for Domestic Spying

Justice Department Withholds Records on Electronic Surveillance Washington, D.C. - On Thursday, July 26, at 11 a.m., the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will argue for the release of court orders that supposedly authorize the government's highly controversial electronic domestic surveillance program that intercepts and analyzes millions of Americans' communications. The...

FBI Records Show Gonzales Knew About Years of Chronic NSL Problems

EFF Lawsuit Uncovers History of Surveillance Mistakes Washington, D.C. - Documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) show years of chronic problems with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's use of National Security Letters (NSLs) to collect Americans' personal information and that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has long been aware...

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