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EFFector - Volume 23, Issue 13 - EFF Sues for Government Records About the PATRIOT Act

EFFector Vol. 23, No. 13  May 17, 2010  editor@eff.org

A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
ISSN 1062-9424

effector: n, Computer Sci. A device for producing a
desired change.

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In our 535th issue:

* EFF UNVEILED RESULTS FROM THE "PANOPTICLICK" BROWSER
PRIVACY PROJECT, which demonstrated that more than
8 in 10 people use browsers with unique, trackable
signatures. Having a distinct browser signature means your
individual movements on the web may be easier to track,
and several companies are already selling products that
claim to use browser fingerprinting to help websites
identify users and their online activities.

For the full white paper "How Unique Is Your Web
Browser?":
https://panopticlick.eff.org/browser-uniqueness.pdf

For more about Panopticlick:
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2010/05/13

* HEAR BLOGGER AND SCI-FI AUTHOR CORY DOCTOROW READ
FROM HIS NEW NOVEL, "FOR THE WIN," at EFF's Geek Reading
fundraiser on Wednesday evening in San Francisco. This is
Doctorow's first visit to the Bay Area in over a year, so
don't miss an opportunity to support EFF and hear him read
from his ground-breaking new work. FOR THE WIN features
a sprawling international cast of young characters in a
dynamic depiction of the global economy and the meteoric
rise and power of the online gaming community.

Geek Reading with Cory Doctorow: For the Win
Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Address: 111 Minna St. @ 2nd, San Francisco, CA 94105

Admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. No
one turned away for lack of funds. Must be 21 or older
to attend.

For more about the Geek Reading with Cory Doctorow:
http://action.eff.org/site/Calendar?view=Detail&id=100201

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EFF Updates

* EFF Sues for Government Records About the PATRIOT Act
Parts of the PATRIOT Act are up for renewal early
next year, so EFF is demanding FBI reports about the
provisions' effectiveness, lawfulness, and potential
misuse to better inform the public debate.
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2010/05/11

* EU Parliament Scrutinizes Int'l Data Sharing Agreements
The European legislative body is pushing back on various
surveillance programs that put EU citizens' personal
information at risk.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/05/international-data-sharing

* Gizmodo iPhone Search Was Improper
A newly released warrant affidavit confirms that there
was no legal basis for the search of Gizmodo editor Jason
Chen's house.
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/05/iphone-warrant-affidavit-confirms-impropriety

* EFF continues to scrutinize Facebook and has been
working to empower users to take control of their privacy:

~ EFF Argues for Users' Rights to Social Network Data
http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2010/05/03

~ Facebook Should Follow Its Own Principles
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/05/facebook-should-follow

~ Six Things You Need to Know About Facebook Connections
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/05/things-you-need-know-about-facebook

~ Facebook's "Evil Interfaces"
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/04/facebooks-evil-interfaces

~ Facebook's Eroding Privacy Policy: A Timeline
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/04/facebook-timeline

~ A Handy Facebook-to-English Translator
http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/04/handy-facebook-english-translator

~ Support EFF's Work to Protect Your Online Privacy
http://action.eff.org/privacy

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miniLinks

~ Rep. Boucher and Rep. Stearns Unveil New Privacy Bill
A new bill from Rep. Rick Boucher protects your location
and sex habits as "sensitive info."
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/05/religion-sex-money-location-bill-makes-them-sensitive-info.ars

~ ALA "Choose Privacy" Video for Choose Privacy Week
Check out the Privacy Week video from the American
Library Association, featuring Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow,
Geoffrey Stone, and others.
http://vimeo.com/11399383

~ Canadian DMCA Coming?
Canada's Prime Minister promises to
enact a Canadian DMCA in six weeks.
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/05/05/canadian-prime-minis-2.html

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Announcements

* EFF's DEF CON 18 Getaway Contest Update!

Eighty-one participants have raised approximately $2500
so far in EFF's DEF CON 18 Getaway Contest! This week
the Holy Handgrenades team remains in first place with
a $600 total, followed by Nodes with $500 and individual
contestant Evan Keiser with $65. It's still anyone's game,
so you're not too late to join the fun!

Register for the DEF CON 18 Getaway Contest today and
receive a personalized referral link. Send the link to
your friends and family, and tell them why they should
support EFF. The contestant(s) to raise the most money
for EFF between now and June 30, 2010, will win:

- two DEF CON 18 Human badges;
- a standard room at the Riviera Hotel for the nights of
July 29-31;
- two tickets to the Vegas 2.0 Party at the Top of the
Riv on July 29;
- two tickets to the iSEC Partners Party, location and
date TBD; and
- two badges to the Ninja Networks Party, location TBD,
on July 31.

There are prizes for second and third place winners,
as well. Visit www.eff.org/defcon for more information
and official contest rules. Contact contest@eff.org with
any questions. See you in Sin City!

* Help EFF Go to SouthEast LinuxFest!

EFF is looking for donations of airline miles, flight
vouchers, and hotel points for travel to SouthEast
LinuxFest in Spartanburg, SC, as well as other conferences
and speaking engagements. If you have enough airline miles
for a free ticket and would like to send an EFF staffer
to a conference, let us know, and we will help you with
the process of making the reservation. Please note that
at this time we are unable to combine miles from multiple
individuals. We are also looking for hotel rewards points
to help reduce our overall travel costs.

As a thanks for your donation, we can offer a free
membership and a mention in EFFector (if you'd
like). Please contact aaron@eff.org if you can help!

* EFF Seeking Staff Intellectual Property Attorney

Dream job alert:  EFF is seeking an intellectual property
staff attorney for its legal team. Responsibilities
include litigation, public speaking, media outreach,
plus legislative and regulatory advocacy, all in
connection with a variety of intellectual property and
high technology matters.

Qualified candidates should have at least four years of
legal experience, with knowledge in patent law and at
least one other IP specialty (copyright, trademark, trade
secret). Litigation experience is required, including
significant experience managing cases, both overall case
strategy and day-to-day projects and deadlines. Candidates
should have good communication skills and interest
in working with a team of highly motivated lawyers and
activists in a hard-working nonprofit environment. Strong
writing and analytical skills as well as the ability to
be self-motivated and focused are essential. Tech savvy
and familiarity with Internet civil liberties and high
tech public interest issues preferred. This position is
based in San Francisco.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, writing
sample, and references to ipjob@eff.org.

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