Since the first national security letter statute was passed in 1986, the FBI has issued hundreds of thousands of such letters seeking private telecommunications and financial records of Americans without any prior approval from courts. EFF is releasing an FBI-redacted briefing from a major new ongoing case in which it is challenging one of the NSL statutes on behalf of a telecommunications company that received an NSL in 2011.
The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman was subject to a frivolous lawsuit designed to shut him up. Known as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP), litigation like this -- and the big legal fees that can come with it -- threatens free speech across the country. Urge Congress today to pass a federal anti-SLAPP statute to protect bloggers, journalists, creators, and more.
EFF recently received information about drone flights in the United States, including extensive details about the specific drone models some entities are flying, where they fly, how frequently they fly, and how long they stay in the air. The 125 drone certificates and accompanying documents the FAA released total thousands of pages and were released in response to EFF's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, which has already uncovered the list of all entities licensed to fly domestic drones.
On Wednesday, EFF Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch urged Congress to limit the collection of biometrics and protect privacy with respect to the use of face recognition technology. Jennifer's testimony in a Senate hearing on "What Facial Recognition Technology Means for Privacy and Civil Liberties" outlined the privacy and security concerns that are inherent to automatic face recognition. The use of face recognition technology raises important First and Fourth Amendment concerns, though the scope of Constitutional protections in this area is unclear.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court order imposing sanctions on Evan Stone, attorney for adult film producer Mick Haig Productions. Stone improperly issued subpoenas without leave of court to ISPs seeking the identities of anonymous subscribers in a mass end-user copyright infringement case.
An official Romney campaign ad that showed President Obama singing a line from the Al Green song "Let's Stay Together" has been hit with a takedown from BMG Rights Management -- the group that controls the publishing rights of the original song -- and pulled from YouTube. This kind of takedown abuse is all too common, and we're likely to see it again this campaign season.
Even after millions rallied against the passage of SOPA/PIPA, the House is still quietly trying to pass a related bill that would give the entertainment industry more permanent, government-funded spokespeople. Rep. Lamar Smith's IP Attache Act would create an Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, as well as broaden the use of IP attaches in particular U.S. embassies.
Judge Lewis Kaplan of the U.S. district court in Manhattan ruled that the owner of an Internet connection cannot be found liable for "negligence" simply because another person uses his wifi connection to commit copyright infringement -- even if he knows about it. After this decision, copyright trolls should find it harder to coerce settlement payments from innocent people for the commonplace act of sharing an Internet connection.
EFF filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission about the privacy and data security practices of mobile wireless service providers. Mobile privacy is an issue we've been increasingly concerned about in the wake of the Carrier IQ privacy scandal, which was part of the inspiration for our Mobile User Privacy Bill of Rights.
Australia is the latest democratic nation to introduce new national security measures that would vastly expand governmental surveillance powers, following an alarming legislative pattern that unfolded in the United Kingdom and Canada in recent months.
The TPP agreement has been framed by the USTR as a 21st century agreement, but we're still not convinced -- especially in an environment where the public, Congress, and civil rights organizations are denied access to the treaty's official text, while corporate representatives have full access to it.
Aereo, a startup that lets viewers watch broadcast TV over the Internet from tiny, personal antennas, can stay up and running -- at least for now. Several television networks are trying to sue it out of existence, but lost a motion asking a federal court to shut it down until a legal decision is reached.
EFF has joined this brief from the Competetive Enterprise Institute supporting EPIC in their call for TSA to follow the law and conduct a court-ordered notice-and-comment period for their new scanners.
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The Senate is gearing up to consider cybersecurity legislation next week. This is your last chance to take action now. Tell Congress that civil liberties should never be sacrificed for the sake of "cybersecurity."
EFF's Parker Higgins will moderate a discussion with law professor Jason Schultz and investor Brad Feld on the broken software patent system and our Defend Innovation campaign. The one-hour discussion will be streamed live on our Google Plus account, though you do not need an account to watch. July 20, 2012
1:00pm on Google+
Stop by the EFF booth at OSCON to learn about our latest work or join the cause! The world's open source pioneers, builders, and innovators will be in Portland, Oregon for five intense days. July 16-20, 2012
EFF attorneys Kurt Opsahl, Marcia 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 year 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
theSummit, now in its eighth year, is a fundraiser for EFF on the Thursday night between Black Hat and DEFCON. Here is your chance to get direct access to some of the industry leaders -- discuss a talk, get advice about a project, or just buy them a beer to say thanks for all the hacks. theSummit is held at the Miranda Suite at the Rio Hotel and Casino. July 26, 2012
8:30 pm to 2:30 am
Las Vegas, NV
EFF's Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien will speak on a panel about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and threats to civil liberties. The panel is organized by the San Francisco 99% Coalition. July 31, 2012
Long Now and the Electronic Frontier Foundation bring Cory Doctorow to San Francisco for a glimpse into the future of computing and the increasing fight for control over our freedom both online and offline. The talk is at the Novellus Theater in San Francisco at 7:30 pm. July 31, 2012
San Francisco, CA
EFF is proud to announce that we've joined the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) as a 2012 interim member. IFEX is a network of more than 90 independent organizations in more than 50 countries worldwide that works to expose free expression violations around the world.
Referencing the Internet Defense League's launch party, community member Liberty Smith comments on our Google Plus page: "This couldn't be more important in the world of information, EFF couldn't be more of a leader in keeping information free, and there could be little cooler than having a Bat Signal for (well, anything, but especially) this work."