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EFFector - Volume 23, Issue 25 - European Parliament Asks EU ACTA Negotiators To Protect Citizens’ Fundamental Rights


EFFector - Volume 23, Issue 25 - European Parliament Asks EU ACTA Negotiators To Protect Citizens’ Fundamental Rights

EFFector Vol. 23, No. 24 September 10, 2010

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 547th issue:

In a victory for democracy and transparency, the European
Parliament adopted Written Declaration 12 (WD 12) on the
proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement earlier this
week. While the European Parliament must give a "consent
vote" for the EU to be bound by ACTA, WD 12 should be seen
by EU negotiators as a clear statement about how the MEPs
will approach that vote. The next, and possibly final,
round of ACTA negotiations take place in Japan later this

To read more about this, go to:

In a highly anticipated ruling, the Third Circuit Court of
Appeals in Philadelphia held that federal law gives judges
the discretion to require the government to obtain a
probable cause search warrant before accessing cell phone
location data and that location information about private
spaces, such as the home, may be protected by the Fourth

For more information, including a link the Third Circuit
Court's opinion, go to:

EFF and a coalition of public interest groups and law
professors have asked a California appeals court to protect
craigslist from a lawsuit that could spur websites to be
less helpful in responding to complaints about user
behavior. In cases like these, federal law -- specifically
Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act -- shields
Internet forums like craigslist from liability.

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EFF Updates

* Is Sarah Palin a Computer Criminal?
Vanity Fair suggests that Sarah Palin's distinctive voice
on Facebook and Twitter is actually someone else's. EFF
Senior Staff Attorney Marica Hoffman takes a look at
Facebook's ridiculous and dangerous claims that terms of
use violations like this run afoul of computer intrusion
laws, such as the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

* Beyond "Censored": What Craigslist's "Adult Services"
 Decision Means for Free Speech 
After years of pressure from law enforcement officials,
Internet classified ad web site craigslist appears to have
bowed to demands to remove its "Adult Services" section,
which critics charged encouraged prostitution and other
sex-related crimes. While no one (including craigslist)
disputes that sex trafficking is a reprehensible practice
that should be vigorously opposed, law enforcement
officials should not be permitted to bully and dragoon
private web site operators into becoming de facto censors.

* Righthaven's Brand of Copyright Trolling
Copyright trolls are nothing new, and Righthaven is just
the latest group of lawyers to try to turn copyright
litigation into a business model. EFF Activist Richard
Esguerra identifies some key ways in which Righthaven is
unlike other copyright trolls.

* Reading, Writing, and RFID Chips: A Scary Back-to-School
 Future in California
Scary news from California's Contra Costa County -- school
officials there have reportedly decided to track some
preschoolers with RFID chips, thanks to a federal grant
supplying the funding.

* Good News: Security Researcher Released on Bail
Hari Prasad, the Indian security researcher arrested for
allegedly stealing an electronic voting machine, has been
released on bail.

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~ Apple Relents on Flash-Derived iPhone, iPad Apps 
Four and a half months after an Apple license change led
Adobe Systems to scrap a project to bring Flash-derived
applications to the iPhone, Apple has reversed the ban.

~ ACLU Challenges Laptop Searches and Seizures at the
Should the government be allowed to rummage through your
devices each time you cross a border? The ACLU says no.

~ Senate Candidate Hit With Copyright Infringement Suit
Sharron Angle has been swept up in one of the Las Vegas
Review-Journal's copyright infringement lawsuits.

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* EFF at Ohio LinuxFest this Weekend!!! 
Visit the EFF table at the eighth annual Ohio LinuxFest,
and learn more about our latest work. Development Associate
Kellie Brownell will be on hand to answer your questions
and will have event-only membership and shop item specials
When:  September 10-12, 2010
Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH

* Intervention: A Convention with Webcomics, Videos,
 Gaming, Vendors, Music, and You
If you are in the DC Area, check out Intervention (Internet
Convention). The organizers have graciously chosen EFF as a
beneficiary of their on-site charity auction!
When:  September 10-12, 2010
Where: Hilton Washington DC/Rockville
      1750 Rockville Pike
      Rockville, Maryland       

* EFF Experts Address Security, Openness and Privacy at
 United Nations' Internet Governance Forum
EFF's Kevin Bankston, Eddan Katz, Kurt Opsahl, and Katitza
Rodriguez participate in nine workshops at IGF on topics
covering privacy, Internet intermediaries and cloud
When:  September 14-17
Where:  Vilnius, Lithuania

* Constitutional Rights on the Digital Frontier
EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn will present three keynote
addresses at Des Moines Area Community College's Sixth
Annual Constitution Day. 
When:  Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:00-8:55 a.m. and
11:15 a.m-12:40 p.m.
Where: Boone Campus, Boone, IA
When:  Thursday, September 16, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Newton Campus, Des Moines, IA
When:  Friday, September 17, 2010, 10:1011:05 a.m.
Where: Ankeny Campus, Des Moines, IA

* Utah Cyber Symposium 2010: Strengthening Professionals'
 High Tech Presence
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann will be speaking
at the Cyber Symposium, a full day seminar covering the
latest business and legal issues relating to the high tech
When:  September 17, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Garden Visitors Center, Lehi, UT

* Internet at Liberty 2010
EFF International Rights Director Katitza Rodriguez will be
speaking about freedom of expression and privacy at this
conference co-sponsored by Google and Central European
When:  September 20 - September 22, 2010
Where: Budapest, Hungary
Please note that due to limited venue capacity, Internet at
Liberty 2010 is by invitation only.

* Copyright Criminals
A showing of the film Copyright Criminals will be followed
by an expert speakers panel including Steinski, Amp Live,
hip-hop historian Jeff Chang, Tim Jones of the Electronic
Frontier Foundation and entertainment lawyer Tony Berman.
When:  September 23, 2010; Doors at 7:00 p.m., Film
      Screening at 8:30 p.m.; Panel Discussion at 9:30 p.m.      
Where: Mighty Club, 119 Utah St., San Francisco, CA

* International Seminar: Privacy and Personal Data
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann will be speaking.
Plans are underway for remote participation!
When:  September 30 - October 1, 2010
Where: Sao Paulo, Brazil

* EFF At Hacker Halted Event
EFF members and newsletter subscribers receive a $100
discount off the 2-day conference fees.
When:  October 9-15, 2010
Where: Intercontinental Hotel, Miami, FL

* Save the Date! EFF's 19th Annual Pioneer Awards Hosted by
Cory Doctorow!! 
Prolific author, blogger, and tireless advocate of freedom
in the networked world Cory Doctorow returns to San
Francisco to host EFF's 19th Annual Pioneer Awards.
When:  November 8, 2010
Where: Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA

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* Dream Job Alerts! 

* Activist: EFF is looking for a full-time activist to
fight for free speech, innovation and privacy on the
Internet and other technologies. Find the full job
description here:

* Web Developer: EFF is seeking a full-time programmer to
help build websites and web applications that protect and
promote civil liberties in the digital world. For the full
job description, go to:

* Senior Copyright Attorney: EFF is seeking a senior-level
copyright attorney. Responsibilities to include litigation,
public speaking, blogging, media outreach, and legislative
and regulatory matters related to a variety of high
technology legal issues. For a full job description, go to:

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