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EFFector - Volume 23, Issue 15 - Major Search Engines Still Breaking EU Privacy Law

EFFector Vol. 23, No. 15  June 11, 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 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

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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

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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

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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:
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More on the EFF Pioneer Awards:
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