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September 18, 2018
JURIST

US District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker issued an order Tuesday imposing a limited stay on discovery in a class action lawsuit challenging the legality of the Bush administration's domestic surveillance program, despite the government's request to stay discovery pending the outcome of an appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...

Also on Tuesday, Judge Walker denied a media request to unseal documents filed in the case, including internal AT&T documents and a declaration from a retired AT&T telecommunications technician.

September 18, 2018
ZDNet

A federal judge ruled that a class action lawsuit against AT&T over its participation in NSA spying can go forward, rejecting requests by the government and AT&T to freeze proceedings during an appeal, the Electronic Frontier Foundation says...

"We're disappointed that the court did not choose to unseal all of the documents that include or refer to the evidence presented by Mark Klein and our expert, J. Scott Marcus. The government has already agreed that the evidence is neither classified nor a state secret, and is only being held under seal because of AT&T's weak trade secrecy claims," said Cindy Cohn, EFF's Legal Director. "Given that the privacy of millions of Americans is at stake, we strongly believe that the public would benefit from seeing this evidence for themselves."

September 18, 2018
SecurityProNews

A vulnerability in the Google Desktop product could have exposed files on a machine running it to an external attacker...

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has had concerns about Google Desktop virtually since its inception. Those concerns escalated when version 3 of the software, with its 'Search Across Computers' feature, hit the Internet in February 2006.

September 18, 2018
Red Herring

Steve Jobs has talked the talk and now a growing chorus of critics is urging him to walk the walk...

Derek Slater, activist at the privacy rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation, says Mr. Jobs could demonstrate that he is serious about abolishing copyright protection schemes by selling DRM-free music from independent artists on iTunes. "He should put his music store where his mouth is," says Mr. Slater. "That would be an important step."

September 18, 2018
Washington Times

Once again, technology has outrun the laws we use to regulate it. Consider the Pentagon's current automated surveillance of troops' blogs. Is it necessary? Legal? Constitutional?..

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed suit, demanding details of the unit's operations.

In particular, the organization wants to know whether the military is censoring the opinions of troops, which would be a violation of the constitutional right to free speech.

September 18, 2018
MediaPost

The civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation appears to be mulling some sort of legal action against Viacom stemming from its recent demand that YouTube remove 100,000 clips - including clips with no connection to Viacom - from the site.

"Were You Caught in the Viacom Takedown?" the EFF asks in its own video, quietly uploaded to YouTube late last week. In the clip, the EFF says it wants to hear from any innocent parties caught in the recent dragnet. "If your video was taken down after complaints from Viacom, but contained either no viacom content at all, or fair use extracts, the Electronic Frontier Foundation would like to hear from you," the company wrote in comments posted with the clip - viewed nearly 9,000 times as of Friday morning.

September 18, 2018
SecurityProNews

The Electronic Frontier Foundation sparred with Discovery Communications over the media company's efforts to silence a website that criticized a Discovery marketing campaign...

"Once again, a business is trying to use false legal claims to chill criticism," said EFF Staff Attorney Corynne McSherry. "Fortunately, more and more, the targets of these kinds of threats are fighting back."

September 18, 2018
IT Week

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has condemned Viacom's demand that YouTube remove 100,000 videos from its site because it believes that much of the material does not violate Viacom copyrights...

"If they are making these kinds of blatant mistakes, who can tell how many fair uses of Viacom content they also targeted in their 100,000 takedowns? Hundreds? Thousands?" said the EFF.

September 18, 2018
PBS Now

This week, NOW reports on new evidence suggesting the existence of a secret government program that intercepts millions of private e-mails each day in the name of terrorist surveillance... Featuring EFF Staff Attorney Kevin Bankson.

September 18, 2018
The Register

Drugs giant Eli Lilly has failed in its bid to restrict a wiki from linking to documents that could be damaging to its business. The ruling of a New York court said the court could not rule against the internet "in its various manifestations"...

"This ruling makes it clear that Eli Lilly cannot invoke any court orders in its futile efforts to censor these documents off the internet," said EFF staff attorney Fred von Lohmann. "We are disappointed, however, that the judge failed to appreciate that its previous orders constituted prior restraints in violation of the First Amendment."

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