Documents received in response to EFF's FOIA requests detail the FBI's fully-formed and well-coordinated plan to expand existing surveillance laws and develop new ones. Since 2006, the FBI program has been lobbying the White House and Congress for additional funding and legal authority. The recently-received documents provide rare insight into the agency’s multi-year strategy to increase its power to surveil our communications.
The EFF joined the ACLU and others last week in trying to block government attempts to obtain Twitter account records about three individuals in connection to its Wikileaks investigation. We also asked the judge to reveal whether any other companies had received similar orders from the government. The judge did not issue an order from the bench Tuesday, but will release a written order soon.
Two hearings - one in court and one in Congress - highlight
the brewing debate over whether Congress should expand
federal surveillance laws to force Internet communications
service providers like Facebook, Google and Skype to build
technical backdoors into their systems to enable government
wiretapping. Law enforcement representatives appeared
before the House Judiciary Committee to argue for expanded
Internet wiretapping capabilities, while in California EFF
Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch argued in court for an end to
the government’s stalling on the release of documents about
the government's Internet surveillance plan.
ICE Seizures Raising New Speech Concerns
According to reports, DHS agents temporarily shut down
84,000 websites, possibly by accident, in the name of
shutting down just ten websites that allegedly contained
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EFF Senior Staff Attorney Julie Samuels will talk about the
current status of music piracy and the latest in legal and
policy developments at "LAWYERS, GUNS & MONEY: Finding the
Right Balance between Enforcement & Innovation."
Location: New York, NY
Date: February 24, 2011
Stop by EFF's Booth at the Southern California Linux Expo.
You can attend talks by developers, see what is new for
beginners, and say hello to EFF Membership Director, Aaron
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: February 25-27, 2011
Co-sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, this
symposium will unite some of the key figures in the history
of 47 U.S.C. Section 230, widely regarded as the most important
Internet specific law.
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Date: March 4, 2011
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien will participate on a
panel discussion regarding Online Advertising Privacy at
Yale Law School's Information Society Project's Spring
Location: New Haven, CT
Date: March 25-26, 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