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It's Official: TSA Lied

Two government reports confirm what EFF and other privacy advocacy organizations have long known: the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lied about its role in using airline passengers as guinea pigs for testing "Secure Flight" - the latest version of a fundamentally flawed passenger-profiling system for screening terrorists. And not...

New US Passports Will Serve as Terrorist Beacons

The US State Department is pushing for what may be the most misguided and dangerous travel "security" plan ever proposed: putting insecure radio-frequencyidentification (RFID) chips in all new US passports. These chips would broadcast your name, date of birth, nationality, unique passport number, and any other personal information contained in...

Supreme Court Justices Grill Both Sides at Copyright Hearing

MGM v. Grokster Raises Questions About Innovation and Litigation Washington, DC - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was heartened to hear the Justices of the United States Supreme Court engage in a lively debate Tuesday about whether technology manufacturers should be held liable for the infringing activities of consumers. At...

Grokster: From the Courthouse Steps

Oral argument has just concluded before the US Supreme Court in MGM v. Grokster. Here, from the courthouse steps, is the first EFF dispatch. The entire bench was engaged with argument from both sides. Three key points stood out: In at least some questions, the Court seemed concerned that...

EFF Goes to Washington

Washington, DC, 3:26 a.m. EST Braving briskly mild weather and motion-detector floodlights, EFF staffers have arrived on the steps of the Supreme Court, claiming the first seats in the line reserved for members of the Supreme Court bar. The public line reached capacity at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Monday night...

WIPO Lockout Inspires Global Protest

Residents of 56 Nations and Members of Hundreds of NGOs Sign Petition to Open Meetings on Intellectual Property and the Developing World Geneva - When the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) earlier this month shut out many public interest groups from two April meetings about the impact of patent, copyright...

Reason #85,0027 That Business-Method Patents Suck

They threaten nonprofits that use the Internet for fundraising and advocacy. That's nearly every modern nonprofit out there. Thankfully, there's a solution in the making. A newly minted organization called the Nonprofit Innovation Alliance (NIA) has clever plan for keeping business-method patents out of the nonprofit arena. It's...

Digital Rights Management: A failure in the developed world, a danger to the developing world

March 2005 For the International Telecommunications Union, ITU-R Working Party 6M Report on Content Protection Technologies Presented by: Electronic Frontier Foundation (http://www.eff.org) Union for the Public Domain (http://www.public-domain.org) Open Knowledge Forum (http://www.okfn.org) IP Justice (http://www.ipjustice.org) Alternative Law Forum (Bangalore) (www.altlawforum.org) World Blind Union (http://www.wbu.org...

Leading Nonprofits Take Stand Against Business Method Patents

EFF Joins Fight to Promote Technology Access for Charitable Groups Note: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is recirculating this press release on behalf of NIA for your information. Washington, DC - The Nonprofit Innovation Alliance (NIA) today announced that four of the nation's most prominent nonprofits - United Way of America...

EFF Appeals Ruling in Apple Case

Asks Court to Reaffirm Freedom of the Press San Jose, CA - Today the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an appeal in a case that has broad implications for the rights of reporters to protect the confidentiality of their sources. Last week, a California Superior Court judge ruled...

Why Apple Should Stop Threatening Journalists

The San Jose Mercury News gets it: Consider the following scenario. A drug company's research determines that one of its drugs already on the market is dangerous. The company decides the research results are proprietary trade secrets and bottles them up. It's clear that the public would be served...

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