Press Releases: January 2012

EFF Asks Judge to Prevent ‘Catch-22’ in Porn-Downloading Lawsuit

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to protect the identities of individuals sued in a mass copyright lawsuit involving pornographic materials. In this case, adult film company Hard Drive Productions sued 1495 unnamed Internet users, claiming they illegally downloaded copyrighted...

Unanimous Supreme Court Ensures Americans Have Protections from GPS Surveillance

San Francisco - In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has confirmed that Americans have constitutional protections against GPS surveillance by law enforcement, holding in U.S. v. Jones that GPS tracking is a "search" under the Fourth Amendment. In Jones, FBI agents planted a GPS device on a car...

Facebook Ploy to Criminalize Add-On Service Hurts Users and Innovation

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a district court judge Tuesday to block Facebook's attempts to criminalize an add-on service that helped users aggregate all of their social networking data in one place. Power Ventures created a web-based tool to let users view information from different social...

EFF Demands Withdrawal of Bogus Time Zone Database Lawsuit

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has demanded the withdrawal of a bogus copyright infringement lawsuit against the operators of a database of time zone information relied on by software engineers across the globe. Last September, an astrology software company called Astrolabe filed the suit against Arthur David...