EFF's ongoing Freedom of Information Act project has
brought a new round of revelations about how data collected
by social networking sites can be obtained by the
government. As part of our request to the Department of
Justice and other federal agencies, we asked for copies of
the guides social networking sites themselves send out to
law enforcement explaining how agents can obtain
information about a site’s users. The guides we got back
enabled us to make an unprecedented comparison of these
critical documents, as most of the information was not
available publicly before now.
Sony has sued several security researchers for publishing
information about security holes in Sony’s PlayStation 3.
At first glance, it's hard to see why Sony is bothering;
the security flaws, which were made public weeks ago, allow
users to run Linux on their machines -- something Sony used
to support but recently started trying to prevent. The real
point of this lawsuit, it appears, is to send a message to
security researchers around the world: publish the details
of our security flaws and we'll come after you with both
EFF has asked an Illinois judge to quash subpoenas issued
in predatory lawsuits involving alleged illegal downloading
of pornography. In a recent amicus brief, EFF argued that
adult film companies were abusing the law in order to
coerce settlement payments despite serious problems with
the underlying claims. When adult film companies file these
predatory lawsuits, there is the added pressure of
embarrassment associated with pornography -- all of which
can result in defendents settling quickly instead of
arguing the merits of their case in court.
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EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston joins a panel discussion about the latest
privacy developments in court and Congress. Kevin will
cover some of the cases he has litigated and the state of
Location: Stanford, CA
Date: January 24, 2011
SchmooCon is already sold out -- but don't despair! EFF
Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann's talk, "Computer
Search and Seizure," will be live-streamed online. If you
plan to be DC, come to EFF's fundraiser and meet ShmooCon
speakers and VIPs in a private setting.
Location: Washington, DC
Date: January 28-30, 2011
Join EFF at BSidesSanFrancisco! Security B-Sides is a
community driven unconference built for and by information
security community members. It is an intense event with
discussions, demos and interaction from participants.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: February 13, 2011
Join us as nerdcore and chiptune artists Dual Core,
Crashfaster, Adam WarRock, and Trash80 sling dope rhymes
and bangin' bleeps for EFF's 21st birthday at the
future-focused BAMM.tv studio in San Francisco.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: February 16, 2011
EFF is a proud partner of two SOURCE Security Conferences!
In addition to advanced technical talks, SOURCE offers
workshops on entrepreneurship, management strategies, job
interviewing, presentation skills, and proficiencies and
strategies designed for the security industry.
Location: Boston, MA
Date: April 20, 2011
Location: Seattle, WA
Date: June 15-16, 2011