EFFector Vol. 23, No. 15 June 11, 2010 email@example.com A Publication of the Electronic Frontier Foundation ISSN 1062-9424 effector: n, Computer Sci. A device for producing a desired change. : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : In our 537th issue: * EFF IS DEFENDING THE RIGHTS OF THOUSANDS OF INTERNET USERS FROM PREDATORY MOVIE-DOWNLOADING LAWSUITS by asking judges in Washington, D.C., to deny attempts by the U.S. Copyright Group (USCG) to lump scores of people as defendants into copyright infringement cases. The USCG has stacked the deck against the defendants by requiring all of them to defend these cases in Washington, D.C., regardless of where they actually live. EFF has long been concerned that some attorneys would attempt to create a business out of mass copyright lawsuits, shaking settlements out of innocent people who aren't in a position to raise legitimate defenses. EFF is asking the court to step in now and force USCG to follow the rules that apply in all other cases. For the full press release and link to the amicus brief: http://www.eff.org/press/archives/2010/06/02 * OBVIOUSLY NOT LEARNING FROM THE SOCIAL NETWORKING PRIVACY MISSTEPS OF FACEBOOK AND GOOGLE, YAHOO! RECENTLY UNVEILED PLANS TO EXPOSE ITS USERS' ACTIONS ONLINE by automatically publicizing what Yahoo! Mail users do on Yahoo! websites to other Yahoo! Mail users. The convoluted scheme avoids exposing lists of email contacts, as Google Buzz originally did, but still reduces user choice -- users can never know the complete list of those who will receive updates about their activities on Yahoo!. The plan conflicts with two of the three core principles in EFF's Bill of Privacy Rights for Social Network Users. Yahoo! users interested in protecting their privacy should check out EFF's instructions for opting out completely. For more details, including opt-out instructions: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/06/opt-out-required-prevent-your-yahoo-mail-contacts : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : EFF Updates * Major Search Engines Still Breaking EU Privacy Law Officials from the influential "Article 29 Data Protection Working Party" are pushing Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft to do far more to make users' search data anonymous. http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/06/european-officials-google-yahoo-microsoft-breaking-law : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : miniLinks ~ Judge Limits DHS Laptop Border Searches A 9th Circuit judge has ruled that border agents needed a warrant to search the laptop of an American citizen that had been confiscated 6 months earlier. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-20007315-38.html ~ ACLU Sues Government for Data on E-spying Law The ACLU is using the Freedom of Information Act to seek information on possible abuses under the FISA Amendments Act. http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100604_7190.php ~ Canada's Bill C-32: A Canadian DMCA? Michael Geist says the digital lock provisions in the bill will likely create unintended consequences, just like the DMCA. http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/5097/125 ~ Accused P2P Users Speak Out Ars Technica spoke to individuals who have been swept up by the recent wave of P2P movie lawsuits but claim innocence. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/06/songs-of-innocence.ars : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : . : Announcements * Nominate a Pioneer for EFF's 2010 Pioneer Awards! EFF established the Pioneer Awards to recognize leaders on the electronic frontier who are extending freedom and innovation in the realm of information technology. This is your opportunity to nominate a deserving individual or group to receive a Pioneer Award for 2010. The International Pioneer Awards nominations are open to individuals and organizations from any country. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges chosen for their knowledge of the technical, legal, and social issues associated with information technology. http://www.eff.org/awards/pioneer/ How to Nominate Someone for a 2010 Pioneer Award: You may submit as many nominations as you wish! This year we've made it possible for you to nominate someone using our online nomination form. We also welcome nominations via email, but please use one form or email per nomination. If emailing entries, please submit your entries via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will accept nominations until August 9, 2010. Simply tell us: 1. The name of the nominee, 2. The phone number, email address or website by which the nominee can be reached, and, most important, 3. Why you feel the nominee deserves the award. Nominee Criteria: There are no specific categories for the EFF Pioneer Awards, but the following guidelines apply: 1. The nominees must have contributed substantially to the health, growth, accessibility, or freedom of computer-based communications. 2. To be valid, all nominations must contain your reason, however brief, for nominating the individual or organization and a means of contacting the nominee. In addition, while anonymous nominations will be accepted, ideally we'd like to contact the nominating parties in case we need further information. 3. The contribution may be technical, social, economic, or cultural. 4. Nominations may be of individuals, systems, or organizations in the private or public sectors. 5. Anyone may nominate a potential Pioneer Award recipient, and you may nominate more than one recipient. You may also nominate yourself or your organization. Please send separate email messages for each nominee. 6. Anyone can receive a Pioneer Award except: - current members of EFF's staff - current members of EFF's operating board - current Pioneer Award judges - past Pioneer Award recipients 7. Persons or representatives of organizations receiving an EFF Pioneer Award will be invited to attend the ceremony at EFF's expense. More on the EFF Pioneer Awards: http://www.eff.org/awards/pioneer/ * Time Is Running out on EFF's DEF CON 18 Getaway Contest! You still have time to register for EFF's DEF CON 18 Getaway Contest -- but just barely! Register 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help!