EFF in the News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) doesn't think that the digital advertising industry can efficiently regulate itself and has issued a statement saying that the self-regulatory principles for multisite data recently published by the Digital Advertising Alliance will suffer from a lack of enforcement.
Is this the sort of thing that ought to be dealt with inside the university instead of calling in the FBI?" asks Marcia Hofmann, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. "I think I would have ordered an internal investigation to try to understand exactly what happened and then I would have considered my options from there."
The libertarian-leaning Cato Institute, the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the left-leaning Public Knowledge and TechFreedom lodged a friend-of-the-court brief with the high court in a case in which an appeals court has ruled the FCC’s decency regulations are “unconstitutionally vague” and produced a “chilling effect” on First Amendment speech.
The brief was signed by the Cato Institute, the Center for Democracy and Technology, Public Knowledge, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and TechFreedom.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is continuing its series of in-depth analysis of the Stop Online Piracy Act, the most dangerous piece of Internet legislation ever introduced, which is set to be fast-tracked through Congress by Christmas.
So what does this ruling mean for online privacy? EFF's Trevor Timm discusses.
The court order does not seek the content of the users' tweets, but instead seeks the IP addresses associated with the accounts. Lawyers for the Twitter users, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, say the government can use those IP addresses as a sort of virtual tracking device to pin down the specific computer used by an account holder and with it the user's physical location.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation said it asked for records on the make-up of the Intelligence Oversight Board in February, after a reporter's query for the information was rejected. The online civil liberties group sued in September after getting no response to its request.
With this decision, the court is telling all users of online tools hosted in the U.S. that the U.S. government will have secret access to their data,” Jonsdottir said in an e-mailed statement distributed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group that describes itself as protecting civil liberties and defending free speech online.
Righthaven had accused the site and its owner, Leland Wolf, of direct and vicarious copyright infringement, but as argued by the EFF in its amicus brief on the case, Righthaven did not actually have exclusive rights to the image and therefore lacked standing to sue.