A federal appeals court has found a Florida man's constitutional rights were violated when he was imprisoned for refusing to decrypt data on several devices. EFF filed an amicus brief under seal in this case, arguing that the man had a valid Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, and that the government's attempt to force him to decrypt the data was unconstitutional. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, ruling that the act of decrypting data is testimonial and therefore protected by the Fifth Amendment.
Chris Dodd, head of the Motion Picture Association of America, would like to assure you that "Hollywood is pro-technology and pro-Internet." But the MPAA's comments on our DMCA exemption requests shows that Hollywood is only "pro-technology" when the technology blocks "unintended uses" and "pro-Internet" when the Internet is subject to Hollywood's veto power.
H.R. 1981 is a poorly-considered legislative attempt to regulate the Internet in a way experts in the field know will have serious civil liberties consequences. This bill specifically targets companies that provide commercial Internet access -- like your ISP -- and would force them to collect and maintain data on all of their customers, even if those customers have never been suspected of committing a crime.
In another important victory for Internet users' fundamental rights and the open Internet, the highest court in Europe ruled that social networks cannot be required to monitor and filter their users' communications to prevent copyright infringement of music and movies. The European Court of Justice found that imposing a broad filtering obligation on social networks would require active monitoring of users' files in violation of EU law and could undermine citizens' freedom of expression.
EFF has filed suit in federal court to block threats aimed at LawyerRatingz.com, a website that allows Internet users to write comments and rate attorneys. A Florida law firm claims to have lost business based upon negative ratings and reviews posted to the site and has repeatedly and baselessly threatened legal action.
Journalist Marie Colvin and photographer Remi Ochlik were killed in the beseiged city of Homs, Syria, where more than 400 people have been reported dead in recent weeks. They were likely deliberately killed by the Syrian army and their location may have been tracked down through their satellite phones. It is time the president and Congress get serious about stopping surveillance equipment companies from selling dangerous technology to authoritarian government who violate human rights.
A British police group called the Serious Organised Crime Agency has taken control of the popular music blog RnBXclusive and arrested one of the site's creators for fraud. The normal content from the site is completely unavailable, replaced with a new splash page: a notice from SOCA stating that it has taken control of the domain.
Coming on the heels of Google's controversial decision to tear down the privacy-protective walls between some of its other services, the discovery that Google has been circumventing the privacy settings of Safari and iPhone users is bad news for the company. It's time for Google to acknowledge that it can do a better job of respecting the privacy of Web users.
In conjunction with the White House's publication of a consumer data privacy bill of rights, the Digital Advertising Alliance -- of which Google is a member -- announced that it will embrace the Do Not Track flag. This is a big step in the right direction for securing user privacy rights in the digital environment, but we've still got a long way to go.
The Northern District Court of Florida has halted 27 copyright troll lawsuits targeting more than 3,500 Doe defendants while it examines whether the copyright trolls' lawyer, Tarik Hashmi of the Transnational Law Group, is properly allowed to practice law in Florida. The cases were moving along rapidly until three Doe defendants called the court's attention to the issue.
The California State Attorney General has announced an agreement with six mobile app platform providers aimed at encouraging app developers to provide more accessible privacy policies. Consumer outrage at the recently-discovered address book practices that Path and other app developers claim are "industry standard" shows that there's a serious disconnect when it comes to company practices and user privacy expectations, but we should be wary about solutions that depend on walled gardens.
On the basis of a charge no more consequential than speeding ticket, the New York City District Attorney's office has sent a subpoena to Twitter requesting user information from the account of Morgan Harris, an Occupy Wall Street protester. Allowing the government to gets its hands on this data with nothing more than an administrative subpoena renders the Fourth Amendment meaningless.
The Pakistani government is looking for new ways to censor the Internet. The Pakistani Telecommunication Authority released a request for proposals for the development, deployment and operation of a "National Level URL Filtering and Blocking System," calling on institutions to submit a feasible proposal that would allow the government to institute a large-scale filtering system.
Following the recent decision of the European Commission to refer the draft Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to the European Court of Justice, Access and EDRi have prepared this short FAQ to explain this process.
General EFF, legal, policy, or online resources queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reproduction of this publication in electronic media is encouraged. Signed articles do not necessarily represent the views of EFF. To reproduce signed articles individually, please contact the authors for their express permission.
Press releases and EFF announcements & articles may be reproduced individually at will.
This guide shows how to remove all items from your Web History and stop your Web History from being recorded in the future. Keep Google from combining your Web History with the data they have gathered about you in their other products, such as YouTube or Google Plus.
The Constitution Project presents a lunchtime panel on the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in United States v. Jones. EFF Technology Projects Director Peter Eckersley will join the discussion. March 6, 2012 New York, NY
Celebrate 22 years of fighting for digital freedom by wearing your EFF swag to work on Thursday, March 8. We'll be watching #EFFatWork and retweeting notable photos. If you don't have gear yet, you can become an EFF Member by March 1st and we'll expedite shipping so you can participate. March 8, 2012 Everywhere
Join us for live music, socializing, and fun to celebrate 22 incredible years of defending digital civil liberties. The evening's lineup will include the geek-infused rhymes of nerdcore artist and DEFCON star Dual Core, the Game Boy music soundscapes of Trash80, and the synthy electro beats of chiptune artist CrashFaster. March 8, 2012 San Francisco, CA