EFF in the News
"It's well established that individuals have a right to privacy in the content of their communications, electronic or otherwise," EFF Civil Liberties Director Jennifer Granick said in a statement. "We're asking the court to look at this again and follow the law."
To drag the law into the modern era, a coalition of strange bedfellows has formed: the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Microsoft, Google, AT&T, the Progress & Freedom Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and others.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a consumer advocacy group, isn't buying the USCG's argument. In a recent blog post, the EFF said the USCG's cases show that "copyright law has become unmoored from its foundations." The EFF also says that "copyright should not line the pockets of copyright trolls intent on shaking down individuals for fast settlements a thousand at a time."
ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and its Copyright Advisory Subcommittee have named Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on winning the ALA 2010 L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award.
Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said that members of the coalition disagreed on several issues, but he added, “We can all agree that this area of the law needs to be updated to reflect changes in technology.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Democracy & Technology, along with Google, Microsoft and AT&T, have sent a revised list of principles to Capitol Hill and federal agencies regarding how law enforcement can access personal communications stored online.
At a time when China is increasingly exerting its censorship muscle on the Internet -- and taking on Internet giant Google in the process -- Australia's moves are causing particular concern among Internet companies and advocates of online freedom.
"The EFF welcomes the State Department's expression about Australia's overbroad proposed plan," Gwen Hinze, international director with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told the E-Commerce Times.
Whereas the filtering plan started off as a proposal to block child pornography, "our concern is that it's much broader than that," Hinze said.
What's unusual about the coalition to be announced Tuesday is that it includes occasional rivals including AOL, Loopt, and Salesforce.com, sources told CNET. The nonprofit participants, too, have sharply different political views: the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Progress and Freedom Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Citizens Against Government Waste have signed on.
Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation is scheduled to testify. Bankston says wiretap laws should include videotaped surveillance the same way they protect secret audio recordings.
"It highlights the fact that technology has political impacts beyond its business model," said Eddan Katz, international affairs director for San Francisco's Electronic Frontier Foundation. "It's not just a form of communication, but a political opportunity in terms of freedom of expression."