EFF in the News
"There was a time when people wouldn't have associated patents with the protection of civil liberties," said Corynne McSherry, EFF's Intellectual Property Director. "But patent suits are increasingly affecting individuals who are not in a position to fight back, and we see a need to step in and protect the public interest."
"We're really disappointed in the governor," Trevor Timm, a blogger with civil liberties advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told The Huffington Post. "The First Amendment states that the government cannot cut off the communication services of American citizens."
The San Francsico-based Electronic Frontier Foundation is sparring with the Justice Department over whether police can track the location of mobile phones without a warrant. The narrow question before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals could impact privacy across mobile and digital media.
"Content ID abuse is a longstanding problem and it's good to see Google giving its users new tools to challenge improper flags," said EFF intellectual property director Corynne McSherry in an email. "We are still reviewing the changes--and we'll be watching the implementation carefully--but this seems like a step in the right direction."
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, ACLU Foundation of Texas, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Democracy and Technology, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed a friend-of-the-court brief, saying otherwise.
Despite what you may have heard, the Web is not the Wild West. This isn’t ‘Nam, as The Big Lebowski‘s Walter Sobchak so wisely proclaimed. There are rules. And to be a responsible Web citizen, it is important for us to understand what these rules are. To get a better sense of the legal landscape, we spoke with Trevor Timm, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who provided his insights on the handful of laws every Internet users needs to know.
“Police shouldn’t be able to get your sensitive location data – information that can reveal your religion, health, hobbies, and politics – on a whim,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced earlier this year in a press release that accompanied their endorsement of Sen. Leno’s proposed legislation.
"It's at a point now where the public awareness about this specific issue is growing," says Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation who will be arguing the pro-privacy side before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals this morning.
For months, against the backdrop of the media focus on Iran's nuclear ambitions and the potential Western response, another story about the Islamic Republic's ambitions has been gaining ground: that story is about the Iranian government's attempt to create its own "halal" internet, cut off from the outside world.
According to Mitch Stoltz, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, "Personal recording was essentially declared to be legal by the Supreme Court in the 1984 Betamax case." Cable companies don't seem too enthusiastic about the idea, but they're not actively trying to stop it either.