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EFF and Public Knowledge Reluctantly Drop Lawsuit for Information About ACTA

Washington, D.C. - The Obama Administration's decision to support Bush-era concealment policies has forced the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge (PK) to drop their lawsuit about the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). EFF and PK had been seeking important documents about the secret intellectual property enforcement treaty that...

EFF Busts Bogus Internet Subdomain Patent

San Francisco - The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has announced that it will revoke an illegitimate patent on Internet subdomains as a result of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF) Patent Busting Project campaign. U.S. Patent No. 6,687,746, now held by Hoshiko, LLC, claimed to cover the method of automatically...

Into the DTV era, with no broadcast flag mandate

Today (June 12, 2009) marks the completion of the U.S. transition to digital television, as TV stations switch off their analog transmitters. Just a few years ago, some broadcasters and movie studios argued that this transition couldn't happen without a DRM mandate -- a legal requirement for devices to obey...

EFF at Velocity Conference

We will have a table at Velocity, the O'Reilly web performance and operations conference in San Jose! Come check it out! O'Reilly Media is offering a 20% discount on Velocity registration for EFF's supporters. Register here: https://en.oreilly.com/velocity2009/public/register Discount Code: vel09sd20 Location: Fairmont San Jose 170 S. Market Street San Jose...

Seth Schoen at Fórum Internacional Software Livre in Brazil

Staff Technologist Seth Schoen will be speaking at the PUCRS Events Center in Porto Alegre, Brazil. June 26, 2009 9:00 "Information Security Discovers Physics" http://fisl.softwarelivre.org/10/papers/pub/programacao/132 June 26, 2009 13:00 "Os ataques de cold boot e a segurança da criptografia do disco rigido" http://fisl.softwarelivre.org/10/papers/pub/programacao/129 June 27, 2009 9:00 "Deve e pode...

Cookies Crumbling: YouTube Takes a Small Step to Increase Privacy of Whitehouse.gov Visitors

After discussions with EFF, YouTube has implemented additional privacy protections for visitors to Whitehouse.gov viewing embedded videos hosted by YouTube. When the Whitehouse.gov website launched in January, including embedded videos from YouTube, privacy advocates raised concerns that without extra privacy measures, YouTube would be improperly tracking visitors to the...

EFF Challenges Government's 'Back Door Wiretap'

Cincinnati - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other civil liberties groups filed an amicus brief in Warshak v. United States urging the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday to hold that the government's seizure of email without a warrant violated the Fourth Amendment and federal privacy statutes, as...

China's Spy in the Home

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and IT's announcement that all PCs sold in China must include government-approved filtering software is a profoundly worrying development for online privacy and free speech in that country. While the application, "Green Dam Youth Escort", claims to only block pornographic sites, the access to...

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