Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have made over 1.3 million demands for user cell phone data in the last year, "seeking text messages, caller locations and other information." The New York Times called the new findings proof of "an explosion in cellphone surveillance" in the United States -- much of it done without a warrant. It's time for cell phone companies to start producing regular transparency reports about the data they hand to the government. And Congress should see this as a call-to-action to pass robust privacy legislation mandating warrants for cell phone subscriber, cell tower, and GPS data.
Attorney Charles Carreon dropped his bizarre lawsuit against The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman, ending his legal campaign against Inman's humorous and creative public criticism of a frivolous cease and desist letter that Carreon wrote on behalf of his client Funny Junk. EFF and co-counsel Venkat Balasubramani represented Inman in the case, which was a typical SLAPP -- a strategic lawsuit against public participation.
When Google released its new Copyright Transparency Report on takedown requests of its search results, we got new insights into the massive number of complaints the search giant receives. We also saw that there are many requests that don't seem to meet the standard of a "good faith belief" of infringement. EFF compiled a list of the top 10 takedowns that stood out as misuses of the DMCA.
EFF has joined several national library associations in urging a federal court to find that the fair use doctrine permitted the creation of the valuable HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL). Although the case was filed long after the more famous Google Books lawsuit, Authors Guild v. HathiTrust presents a similar issue: whether digitization of books without granting full text access to the public is a legal fair use of copyrighted material.
Despite Twitter's (and our) best efforts, it has been ordered to disclose to the government all of the information it has on an Occupy Wall Street protester. Twitter had stepped up to challenge the subpoena, and EFF submitted an amicus brief in support of their motion to quash.
We are partnering with MuckRock, an open government organization, to send out public records requests to every local law enforcement agency with a drone authorization from the FAA. The goal is to learn more about how drones are being used and to stop potential surveillance. In addition, MuckRock is offering its tools and inviting users to help write their own public records requests to police agencies in their town.
A controversial anti-privacy data retention mandate is notably absent from the child protection bill recently introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith. Smith had previously introduced H.R. 1981, which would have mandated that ISPs collect and maintain data on all Internet users not suspected of any crime.
Bassel Khartabil, a longtime member of the open source software community and Creative Commons volunteer, has been detained in Syria since March 12, 2012, as part of a wave of arrests made in the Mazzeh district of Damascus.
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Come meet EFF activists, lawyers, and technologists at Hackers On Planet Earth, one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world. HOPE Number Nine will be taking place on July 13, 14, and 15, 2012 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. July 13-15, 2012
New York, NY
Raise a glass with EFF attorneys, technologists, and activists and learn more about our latest work defending your freedom online. Current donors in the New York area will receive an email invitation with location details, and there will be a limited number of invitations at our HOPE booth. July 13, 2012
New York City, New York
EFF's Tech Director Peter Eckersley will introduce Amanda Palmer at a special event hosted by Noise Pop Culture Club, Amanda Palmer Talks ART. The gallery, at Public Works in San Francisco, event opens at noon, and a Q&A with Amanda Palmer begins at 2:00 PM. July 14, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Stop by the EFF booth at OSCON to learn about our latest work or join the cause! Join the world’s open source pioneers, builders, and innovators July 16-20 in Portland, Oregon for five intense days. July 16-20, 2012
EFF attorneys Kurt Opsahl, Marsha Hofmann, and Hanni Fakhoury will be attending Black Hat, which brings together thought leaders from all facets of the infosec world -- from the corporate and government sectors to academic and even underground researchers. The environment is strictly vendor-neutral and focused on the sharing of practical insights and timely, actionable knowledge. July 21, 2012
Las Vegas, NV
DEFCON is the world's largest annual hacker convention, held each in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our staff members always have some interesting presentations, talks, and panel discussions, and this year will be no exception. July 26-29, 2012
Las Vegas, NV