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EFFector - Volume 21, Issue 32 - EFF Filed A New Lawsuit Against The NSA

EFFector Vol. 21, No. 32 September 18, 2008  editor@eff.org

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

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In our 484th issue:

* EFF FILED A NEW LAWSUIT AGAINST THE NSA and other
government agencies and officials today, redoubling our
efforts in the fight against warrantless wiretapping. The
suit -- called Jewel v. NSA -- is aimed at ending the NSA's
dragnet surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans and
holding accountable those responsible for creating,
authorizing, and implementing the illegal program,
including President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
http://www.eff.org/cases/jewel

Meanwhile, EFF is continuing litigation in Hepting v. AT&T,
the first case filed against a telecom for violating its
customers' privacy by allowing warrantless surveillance.
Several months ago, Congress passed the FISA Amendments Act
of 2008, which was intended to force the dismissal of
Hepting v. AT&T and the other telecom lawsuits -- but EFF
is working to challenge this law and hold the telecoms
accountable for their illegal behavior.
http://www.eff.org/issues/nsa-spying

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EFF Updates

* Copyright Enforcement Bill Being Pushed to Fast Track 
Backers of a bill proposing drastically increased copyright
enforcement are angling for quick passage -- take action
and oppose this latest gift for Big Content!
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/09/copyright-enforcement-bill-being-pushed-fast-track

* EFF Sues U.S. Trade Office Over Secret Treaty
EFF and Public Knowledge demand information about ACTA, the
secret intellectual property enforcement treaty.
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2008/09/17

* Gov. Palin's Yahoo Email Account Hacked
A court would likely agree that the access was illegal, but
it is unlikely that a court would require anyone in
possession of the leaked email messages to destroy them.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/09/gov-palins-yahoo-email-account-hacked

* New Details of Official Dissent in Spying Scandal
Excerpts from a new book expose explosive details about
behind-the-scenes intrigue over the NSA's illegal spying
program.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/09/new-details

* 4th Amendment Protects Cell Phone Location Information
Last week, a federal court affirmed that the government
must obtain a warrant based on probable cause before
seizing cell phone location records.
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2008/09/11

* The Latest on DVD Copying
Real Networks' new "Real DVD" software, designed to allow
people to copy their DVDs to their hard drives for later
playback, is causing a stir.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/09/latest-dvd-copying-cepro

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miniLinks

~ New Bill Would Tighten Rules for Laptop Searches
The Border Search Accountability Act would place limits on
the government's ability to seize and search computers at
the border.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080916-new-bill-wants-tighter-rules-for-laptop-border-searches.html

~ RIAA, MPAA Resume Lobbying on Copyright Law
The recording industry and the motion picture industry are
pushing the latest version of the Enforcement of
Intellectual Property Rights Act.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10039238-38.html

~ Obama v. McCain on Tech Policy
Tim Wu compares the positions of the main presidential
candidates on technology and the Internet.
http://www.slate.com/id/2199569/pagenum/all/

For more miniLinks:
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2008/09/minilinks-2008-09-18

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Announcements

* San Francisco OneWebDay Event Next Week!

Monday, September 22nd, is OneWebDay -- a day of action to
defend and support the Internet. In San Francisco, the
Department of Telecommunications and Information Services
is partnering with SFConnect.org to run several OneWebDay
volunteer projects to bridge the digital divide. Teams of
volunteers will be setting up computers in community
technology centers, as well as setting up wireless hardware
to expand free wireless access in parts of the city.

To sign up for a OneWebDay Project [sfconnect.gov]:
http://eff.org/tiny/713

For more information about OneWebDay events nationwide:
http://onewebday.org/

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Administrivia

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