EFF in the News
The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group, said it filed 45 requests for records since Obama became president, and that agencies such as NASA and the Energy Department have been mostly cooperative in the spirit of Obama's promises. But the FBI and Justice Department? Not so much, said Nate Cardozo, working for the foundation on a project to expose new government surveillance technologies.
"These are new tools. There hasn't been a lot of discussion about how law enforcement can use them and what's appropriate, what's ethical," said attorney Marcia Hofmann of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit this week against the Defense Department, the Justice Department, the CIA and other federal agencies with intelligence-gathering arms.
Miller finally got her laptop back, nearly a month later, after a legal intervention by the local civil liberties organisation I work for, the Electronic Frontier Foundation. However, the questions that the seizure raises are still unanswered, and have ramifications wider than the San Francisco city limits.
"Of course, these 'absolute power to terminate' clauses are in no way unique to the Xbox Live TOS. While the mass ban provides a useful illustration of their danger, these terms can be found in nearly all TOS agreement for all kinds of services," EFF Adjunct Attorney Ed Bayley wrote. "There have been virtually no legal challenges to these kinds of arbitrary termination clauses, but we imagine this will be a growth area for lawyers."
Digital rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) also criticised the government plans, saying that the legislation could actually undermine the digital economy, rather than shore it up.
"[The bill] burdens the digital industries with the demands of older incumbent sectors," wrote EFF international outreach coordinator Danny O'Brien on Tuesday. "The Digital Economy Bill has an open-ended requirement that ISPs pay for and implement record-keeping and technical measures against subscribers."
Privacy watchdogs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have sued the Department of Justice and five other government organizations for cloaking their policies for using Facebook, Twitter and other social networks to investigate citizens in criminal and other matters.
EFF's Jennifer Granick on G4's Attack of the Show.
In a blog post, Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), said that what Soghoian reported was "more shocking and frightening" than anyone imagined.
"Eight million would have been a shocking number, even if it had included every single legal request to every single carrier for every single type of customer information; That Sprint alone received eight million requests just from law enforcement only for GPS data is absolutely mind-boggling," Bankston wrote.
Alternatively, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has proposed a "voluntary collective licence" that would give the purchaser immunity from prosecution for non-commercial filesharing. Again the fees from the licence would be pooled and divvied out to artists.