EFF has asked an Illinois judge to quash subpoenas issued
in a "reverse class action" lawsuit accusing thousands of
people of illegally downloading pornography, and urged the
court to dismiss the case. The plaintiff, OpenMind
Solutions, is calling its complaint a "class action"
lawsuit against the alleged infringers. Normally a class
action is used by a group of plaintiffs with similar
complaints of a single defendant -- not a single plaintiff
targeting thousand of defendants with no attorney in place
to defend the rights of the accused. In a friend of the
court brief, EFF argued that the plaintiff's "class
action" strategy is an improper attempt to sidestep the
rights of the defendants.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 incorporates two
significant new privacy features -- tracking protections
lists (blocklists) and a Do Not Track header that allows
users to request that websites not track them. Blocklists
are great for privacy because they can prevent your browser
from transmitting information about your reading habits to
third parties, and they can achieve that in a fairly
user-friendly way. Unfortunately, there are a number of
complications that mean that blocklists alone are not
enough. A Do Not Track header will be an important way to
create legal incentives for respecting users' choices.
EFF Lets the Sunshine In To celebrate the seventh annual Sunshine Week, EFF has recently posted nearly nine thousand pages of government
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Join EFF Staff Activists Richard Esguerra and Rainey
Reitman as they discuss how digital technology is changing
the way we communicate, from the unprecedented exposure of
our personal details to the legal ways the government can
spy on your online communications.
Location: San Francisco, CA and livestreamed on Bamm.tv
Date: March 24, 2011
Kevin Bankston, EFF Senior Staff Attorney, and Lori Cranor,
EFF Board Member, will discuss law and policy with respect
to mobile devices as public values shift.
Location: New York, NY
Date: March 25, 2011
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien joins a panel discussion
on online advertising privacy at Yale Law School's
Information Society Project's Spring Symposium.
Location: New Haven, CT
Date: March 25-26, 2011
EFF Activist Rainey Reitman joins Declan McCullagh, Chief
Political Correspondent for CNET, and James Jacobs,
Government Documents Librarian at Stanford, to discuss
WikiLeaks and its relationship to Open Government.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: March 30, 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
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Date: June 15-16, 2011