EFF in the News
California is considering the Reader Privacy Act (SB 602) with support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU—but it would still be superseded by the federal law in the form of the Patriot Act.
“Would you want your neighbors to know the last 100 websites you visited?” That’s how a spokeswoman for the Electronic Frontier Foundation explained the bill’s coercive nature to us.
It is run by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in cooperation with several prestigious law schools from across the US.
“The levels of internal security controls used by issuers varies enormously, and therein lies the problem,” said Peter Eckersley, a director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil liberties group in San Francisco that has studied the sector
In response to being called on this huge ethics violation, Stone petulantly dropped the case and blamed the judge for bringing in Public Citizen and the EFF -- while basically ignoring the massive ethics violation and questions raised about whether or not he had received settlements from people whose identity he wasn't supposed to know yet.
However, groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and several members of Congress including Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., have spoken out against certain aspects of the bill.
Former AT&T engineer Mark Klein handed a sheaf of papers in January 2006 to lawyers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, providing smoking-gun evidence that the National Security Agency, with the cooperation of AT&T, was illegally sucking up American citizens’ internet usage and funneling it into a database.
To summarize the staggering chutzpah involved in this case: Stone asked the Court to authorize sending subpoenas to the ISPs. The Court said “not yet.” Stone sent the subpoenas anyway. The Court appointed the Ad Litems [EFF and Public Citizen] to argue whether Stone could send the subpoenas.
Industry and civil liberties groups are better organized than they were a decade or so ago. Last year, Apple, Amazon.com, Google, Facebook, IBM, Americans for Tax Reform, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and others created a coalition to lobby Congress into enacting some of the same privacy protections that almost became law in 2000, including requiring a warrant to read e-mail or tracking someone's location.
That's why the Electronic Frontier Foundation has entered the porn piracy fray. According to EFF intellectual property director Corynne McSherry, the cases raise serious due process issues.