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EFFector - Volume 24, Issue 13 - When the Government Comes Knocking, Who Has Your Back?


EFFector - Volume 24, Issue 13 - When the Government Comes Knocking, Who Has Your Back?

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In our 570th issue:

When the Government Comes Knocking, Who Has Your Back?

When you use the Internet, you entrust your online conversations, thoughts, experiences, locations, photos, and more to companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook. But what happens when the government asks these companies to hand over your private information? Will the company stand with you? Will it tell you that the government is looking for your data so that you can take steps to protect yourself? Sign our petition to the largest Internet companies and ask them to stand with their users and be transparent in their practices.

EFF Updates

EFF to Oregon Supreme Court: Police Need Warrant to Search Arrestees' Cell Phones

EFF urged the Oregon Supreme Court to block warrantless searches of arrestees' cell phones, arguing in an amicus brief that granting law enforcement free rein to search data on the devices violates basic privacy protections guaranteed by the Constitution.

Urban Homesteaders Fight Baseless Legal Claims Over Generic, Descriptive Term

EFF teamed up with activists in the urban homesteading movement to petition to cancel bogus trademarks for the terms "urban homesteading" and "urban homestead" -- trademarks that have been used to threaten other urban homesteaders and remove online content and discussion.

Fully-qualified Nonsense in the SSL Observatory

Research from the EFF SSL Observatory shows that Internet certification authorities, which we all rely on to verify the identities of web sites, are all-too-willing to "verify" meaningless identities.

Lawsuit Against YouTube Threatens Global Growth of Political Speech

EFF and a coalition of advocacy groups have asked a federal appeals court to reject attempts to thwart federal copyright law and saddle online communities with new litigation fears in the appeal of Viacom v. YouTube.

Mass Copyright Litigation Roundup: Positive Trend for Due Process?

Judicial decisions are starting to come fast and furious in the movie copyright troll cases – and the trend is mixed but promising for those of us who care about protecting due process.

Appeals Court Hears Argument in the "Breast Cancer Gene" Case

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. heard oral argument in the closely watched breast cancer gene patent case -- the debate over two patents covering naturally occurring human genes that, when present, signal an increased likelihood of developing breast cancer.

Members-Only Speakeasy: Bay Area Is Back!

Attention current EFF members: watch for an exclusive email invitation to the next San Francisco members-only happy hour at a secret location on April 21st, or email for details.


Video: EFF Tech Projects

Chris Palmer, EFF Technology Director, discusses EFF's many technology projects at Flourish Conference.

2011 Google Policy Fellows Announced

Congratulations, 2011 Google Policy Fellows! We are excited to work with Oscar Montezuma this summer.

Death of ACTA Taken Down

Death of ACTA, a satirical rap about copyright law, was taken down for a copyright claim.

International Modern Media Institute

The International Modern Media Institute (IMMI) is working to promote free speech and protect investigative journalists everywhere.


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ACLU of Sonoma County's 2011 Awards Celebration & Annual Dinner

EFF's Activism Director Rainey Reitman is the keynote speaker at ACLU of Sonoma County's annual dinner and 2011 Jack Green Civil Liberties Award. Rainey will speak about "Your Privacy Under Attack: The Internet & You" as writer, comedian and winemaker Tom Smothers is honored.
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