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EFFector - Volume 22, Issue 24 - Chicago Development Critics Fight for Anonymity


EFFector - Volume 22, Issue 24 - Chicago Development Critics Fight for Anonymity

EFFector Vol. 22, No. 24  August 28, 2009

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

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In our 516th issue:

Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked an Illinois Circuit Court judge to
quash subpoenas aimed at outing opponents of a controversial city
project. In December, local residents filed a lawsuit in state court
against the city of Chicago and local developers, challenging the
legality of a development project in the city's Uptown neighborhood.
In response, the "Wilson Yard Defendants," six lawfirms associated
with Chicago developer Peter Holsten, issued subpoenas directing
Google and a local neighborhood association to unmask anonymous online
critics who had discussed either the project or Alderman Helen
Shiller, the primary governmental sponsor of the project.
For the full press release:

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EFF Updates

* The New York Times on Government Website Privacy
Tuesday's New York Times includes its editorial board's take on
revising the federal government's web tracking policy. The
recommendations align closely with those we made in coordination with
the Center for Democracy and Technology earlier this month.

* Op-Ed on Lawless Surveillance by Cindy Cohn
EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn's opinion piece, currently posted on the
blog of the American Constitution Society, points out that the Obama
Administration has embraced two of the most radical positions taken by
the Bush Administration -- that the Executive Branch need not
follow the law and that the courts should not be allowed to review the
core constitutional questions that the Executive Branch wants hidden.
For the opinion piece:
For the Deep Link:

* Stomping Grapes for EFF in Indiana
Mike Wigren of WKID-FM Froggery Radio in Vevay, Indiana, has selected
EFF as his beneficiary charity should he be one of the Top 3 winning
Media Celebrity Grape Stompers at the  38th Swiss Wine Festival being
held this weekend (August 27-30). Thanks, Mike, and good luck!

* PASS ID: REAL ID Reanimated
In February, opponents of REAL ID were given a bit of hope when
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that she wanted to
repeal the REAL ID Act, the federal government's failed plan to impose
a national identification card through state driver's licenses. But
what has taken place since is no return to sanity, as political
machinations have produced a cosmetic makeover called "PASS ID" that
has revived the push for a national identification card.

* Warrants Required: EFF's Big Disagreement with Google About
Google Book Search
Is Google's exciting new digital library/bookstore going to maintain
the strong protections for reader privacy that traditional libraries
and bookstores have fought for and largely won? Despite significant
efforts by EFF and our partners to get Google to provide these privacy
protections in Google Book Search, it looks like we'll be asking the
court to intervene.

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~ Facebook Bows to Canadian Privacy Concerns
The social networking giant promises to fine tune privacy controls and
allow users to see when third party apps are requesting private data.

~ Court Orders Google to Unmask Blogger
The blogger, who was identified for calling a model a "skank," has
promised to sue Google.

~ Apple Rejects Google Voice App
Was the Google Voice app rejected because it altered "the iPhone's
distinctive user experience," or because it competes with Apple's
preferred carrier company?

~ Wired Journalist Tries to Disappear
Evan Ratliff is testing his privacy to see if he can remain hidden
while continuing to use the Internet.

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* Help the EFF Technologists!

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* O'Reilly/Techweb Discounts for EFFector Readers!

Our friends at O'Reilly Media and TechWeb are offering discounts to
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