Press Releases: April 2011

'HTTPS Now' Campaign Urges Users to Take an Active Role in Protecting Internet Security

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Access have launched an international campaign for HTTPS Now, rallying consumers around the world to help us make web surfing safer. "We've heard a lot about how malicious tools like Firesheep can be used to steal data, including passwords for email...

Update: Friday Hearing Canceled in Battle Over Twitter Records' Role in Wikileaks Investigation

UPDATE: Friday's hearing about whether the government can collect the private records of three Twitter users as part of its investigation related to Wikileaks has been canceled. Alexandria, VA - On Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m., a district court in Virginia will hear oral argument about whether the government...

Urban Homesteaders Fight Baseless Legal Claims Over Generic, Descriptive Term

San Francisco - Activists in the urban homesteading movement petitioned today to cancel the registration of bogus trademarks for the terms "urban homesteading" and "urban homestead" -- trademarks that have been used to threaten other urban homesteaders and remove online content and discussion. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has teamed...

EFF to Oregon Supreme Court: Police Need Warrant to Search Arrestees' Cell Phones

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the Oregon Supreme Court to block warrantless searches of arrestees' cell phones Friday, arguing in an amicus brief that granting law enforcement free rein to search data on the devices violates basic privacy protections guaranteed by the Constitution. Other state supreme...