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November 16, 2018
Washington Post

Data privacy is likely to be among the hottest technology issues to face Congress this year, in part due to interest from the new chairman of the House Financial Services Committee...

While some major corporations -- most recently Microsoft -- have expressed support for some kind of federal consumer privacy law to govern how companies can use, combine and trade consumer data, the effort to produce baseline privacy protections for consumers may set off contentious policy debates, said Fred von Lohmann, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

"The question with this issue -- as with others -- becomes, is this an area where dueling interest groups will make it difficult for Congress to come to an effective solution, or is it something that's moving so fast that anything Congress is likely to do will end up obsolete a year or two from now?" he said.

February 1, 2007
PC Pro

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Defense, demanding information on how it monitors soldiers' blogs.

Soldiers should be free to blog their thoughts at this critical point in the national debate on the war in Iraq,' said EFF staff attorney Marcia Hofmann. 'If the Army is colouring or curtailing soldiers' published opinions, Americans need to know about that interference.

November 16, 2018
CNET

The FBI appears to have adopted an invasive Internet surveillance technique that collects far more data on innocent Americans than previously has been disclosed...

"What they're doing is even worse than Carnivore," said Kevin Bankston, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who attended the Stanford event. "What they're doing is intercepting everyone and then choosing their targets."

November 16, 2018
Businessweek.com

Legal action from News Corp. concerning leaked episodes of the prime-time drama 24 has set the clock ticking for Google...

However, Google does have a quiet history of revealing information about users accused of copyright violations, says Fred von Lohmann, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who has been involved with subpoena fights concerning Google and its users. Typically, von Lohmann says, Google gives users 20 days' notice and an opportunity to respond before handing over information. In YouTube's privacy policy, the company indicates it will release identifiable information that it believes is necessary to enforce its Terms of Use, which bans uploading copyrighted material, or protect itself against liability and "third-party claims or allegations," among other things.

November 16, 2018
InfoWorld

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has come to the aid of a liberal blogger whose Web site was taken down after a radio station complained that critiques containing on-air clips violated its copyright...

The EFF threatened a lawsuit against ABC and KSFO if they further attempted to shut down Spocko with Digital Millennium Copyright Act threats. "ABC/KSFO's complaints amount to nothing more than an attempt to silence an effective critic," EFF lawyer Matt Zimmerman wrote. "EFF ... will vigorously defend Spocko against misguided efforts to limit his First Amendment rights."

November 16, 2018
USA TODAY

In a dispute between the "new media" of the Internet and the "old media" of broadcasting, liberal bloggers and conservative talk-radio hosts are accusing each other of trampling the First Amendment's guarantees of free speech...

Matt Zimmerman, an EFF lawyer, says the first Web host surrendered too quickly to ABC's "saber-rattling." Spocko's use of the KSFO content comes "squarely" under federal law that protects "fair use" of copyrighted material for criticism and commentary, Zimmerman says.

November 16, 2018
Associated Press

Computer users in New Jersey can expect that personal information they give their Internet service providers be treated as private, a state appellate court decided Monday in the first such case considered in the state...

Yes, this indicates that New Jersey, like a lot of states, is ahead of the curve on Internet privacy,'' said Kevin Bankston, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based digital rights group.

Bankston also praised the decision for recognizing anonymity as a core free speech right.

January 22, 2007
Media Daily News

A U.S. district judge has allowed a major lawsuit brought by the recording industry against XM Satellite Radio to proceed...

In a May interview, Fred von Lohmann, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who practices digital copyright law, described the RIAA lawsuit as "a stretch." He thinks AHRA will ultimately protect XM: "The Audio Home Recording Act--which the lawsuit conspicuously fails to mention--gives XM and Sirius a pretty good defense. As far as I know, every one of these devices was designed to conform to the AHRA."

November 16, 2018
Wired News

The latest attempt by the recording industry to take away our right to time-shift (i.e. record and play later) digital audio streams recieved a boost today from U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts, who saw merit in the labels' claims that "XM directly infringes on their exclusive distribution rights by letting consumers record songs onto special receivers marketed as 'XM + MP3' players"...

Senator Diane Feinstein's re-introduced PERFORM Act would make digital recording products such as XM's and others yet to come illegal from the get-go, and would even bar legally-licensed online radio stations from streaming in the MP3 format. Luckily, the EFF is all over Feinstein about this, with a special page where you can let your own Senators know exactly how you feel about the PERFORM Act.

November 16, 2018
InfoWorld

Consumer rights groups have voiced opposition to legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress last week that would require Internet broadcasters to deploy DRM (digital rights management) technology to prevent listeners from making unauthorized copies of music files...

But the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge oppose the legislation. The bill would be a "backdoor assault on your right to record off the radio," the EFF said. The PERFORM Act would prohibit digital and satellite radio services from offering TiVO-like recording options, the EFF said.

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