EFF in the News
We aren't lawyers. If you don't believe us, take a look at our paychecks. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's civil liberty director (how rad is that job title?), Jennifer Granick, however, is in fact, a lawyer. Granick took a few minutes out of her hectic civil liberty directing schedule to give some smart answers to some of Brian's dumb questions about the recent raid of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home.
Political pressure could disrupt Facebook's efforts to extend its reach to other websites and make its already popular service even more attractive to marketers, says Kurt Opsahl, a staff attorney at Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit that closely follows online privacy.
"What upsets people is the loss of control over who gets to see your information," Opsahl says. "While Facebook may define (its new feature) as 'public information,' people still want to be able to control who can get that information."
Matt Zimmerman, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online civil liberties group, said in an interview that Gizmodo would most likely argue that the authorities had no right to enter Mr. Chen’s home because he is a journalist working at home, and so his home is a de-facto newsroom.
"You have a reporter who is disseminating newsworthy information to the public that are supposed to be protected from search and seizures. These protections apply to people who collect information in order to report it to the public regardless of what name you slap on them; blogger, journalist or whatever," Jennifer Ganick, the EFFs civil liberties director told BBC News.
Gwen Hinze, Rechtsexpertin und internationale Geschäftsführerin der einflussreichen Nichtregierungsorganisation Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco erklärt, was es mit dem Abkommen auf sich hat.
Frustrated by her inability to draw any conclusions from her passenger records, Ms. In ‘t Veld, aided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group based in San Francisco, asked for any records held on her by the Department of Homeland Security or other federal agencies.
Jennifer Granick, civil liberties director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said Chen is protected from a warrant by both state and federal laws...
“Congress was contemplating a situation where someone might claim that the journalist was committing a crime [in order to seize materials from them],” Granick says.
Shari Steele, the executive director of EFF, talked to The Chronicle about what she sees as the most pressing issues in the information age and how the law should evolve to address emerging challenges.
Corynne McSherry, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, explains how fair use works: It lets people use a film clip or a paragraph from an article or a piece of music if they are creating commentary or satire.
McSherry has seen many of the Downfall parodies.
"All the ones that I've seen are very strong fair use cases and so they're not infringing, and they shouldn't be taken down. But via this filter system they are taken down virtually automatically," she says.
"There's a wide variance of what is acceptable under local laws," says Kurt Opsahl, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which advocates for personal freedom on the Internet.