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EFFector - Volume 21, Issue 15 - Action Alert: Join In and Tell Legislators To Protect Digital Privacy At The Border and Beyond

EFFector Vol. 21, No. 15  May 1, 2008  editor@eff.org

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

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In our 468th issue: Digital privacy dangers at the border
and Microsoft's DRM debacle

* DIGITAL PRIVACY is at risk after a court ruling that
permits customs officials to search laptop computers at the
border without any suspicion or cause. In response, we've
written a citizen's guide to protecting privacy at the
border:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/05/protecting-yourself-suspicionless-searches-while-t

We're asking members of Congress to take action to protect
travelers' rights:
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2008/05/01

Action Alert: Join in and tell legislators to protect
digital privacy at the border and beyond:
http://www.eff.org/action/bordersearch

* IN YET ANOTHER egregious example of the risks of DRM,
Microsoft is planning to betray its customers by locking
listeners out of music bought from the MSN Music Store.
We've written an open letter to Microsoft's CEO, Steve
Ballmer, outlining five steps to make things right for MSN
Music customers -- and regain the trust of customers of
existing services that may yet suffer the same fate:
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2008/04/28

* AND FINALLY, you may have noticed a change in the
EFFector layout. EFFector was becoming somewhat overgrown,
so we took time to compose a new layout that was still
informative and action-packed -- but less cluttered and
more useful to the reader.

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EFF Updates

* Big Victory in Atlantic v. Howell: Court Rejects RIAA
"Making Available" Theory
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/04/big-victory-atlantic-v-howell-court-rejects-making

* Defending Anonymity Online: Legislation Would Give Does a
New Weapon in Battle Against Frivolous Lawsuits
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/04/defending-anonymity-online-legislation-would-give-

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Announcements

* Check out EFF at Maker Faire Bay Area on May 3rd and 4th:
http://www.eff.org/calendar/2008/05/03/eff-maker-faire-2008

* Early registration for Computers, Freedom, and Privacy
2008 Conference ends on Friday, May 2:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/03/cfp-technology-policy-08

* Come Hear EFF Speakers at the SanFran MusicTech Summit on
May 8:
http://www.eff.org/calendar/2008/05/08/eff-speakers-sanfran-musictech-summit

* New and renewing EFF members get an $8 gift card for
Magnatune music downloads:
https://secure.eff.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=DON_magnatune

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miniLinks
The week's noteworthy news, compressed.

~ Internet Users Have Expectation of Privacy
The NJ Supreme Court ruled that people have a reasonable
expectation of privacy while online.
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-13/1208838925176980.xml&coll=1

~ Microsoft Helps Police Grab Digital Evidence
The software giant has provided police with a device that
quickly and easily extracts data -- without seizing the
computer.
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/microsoft/2004379751_msftlaw29.html

~ FBI Wants to Move Hunt for Criminals to Internet Backbone
Jon Stokes unpacks FBI director Robert Mueller's testimony
to the House Judiciary Committee, highlighting the Feds'
desire to monitor and filter Internet traffic.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080424-fbi-wants-to-move-hunt-for-criminals-into-internet-backbone.html

~ NJ Judge Allows Examination of E-Voting Machines
For the first time, voting rights advocates will have the
opportunity to examine the programming of suspect voting
machines.
http://firedoglake.com/2008/04/25/nj-judge-allows-electronic-voting-machines-to-be-examined/

~ How to Kill/Block an RFID
Instructions on how to disable unwanted RFID tags.
http://www.boingboing.net/2008/04/25/howto-killblock-an-r.html

~ P2P Throttling and A Net Neutrality Showdown in Canada
An outcry from small, reseller ISPs brings traffic-shaping
and deep packet inspection to the forefront in Canada.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080424-p2p-throttling-leading-to-net-neutrality-showdown-in-canada.html

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Administrivia

EFFector is published by:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation
 http://www.eff.org/about

Editor:
Richard Esguerra, EFF Activist
 richard@eff.org

Membership & donation queries:
 membership@eff.org

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 information@eff.org

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 http://www.eff.org/effector/
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