EFF in the News
A privacy and civil liberties group has been trying to find out who currently has the right to fly drones in the States, but the Federal Aviation Administration — the gov agency with the power to give out drone licenses — has failed to respond to the group’s FOIA request. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the Department of Transportation to get its hands on those records.
As the government begins to make policy decisions about the use of these aircraft, the public needs to know more about how and why these drones are being used to surveil United States citizens,” EFF Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch said in a statement.
The Electronic Frontier foundation launched its landmark Jewel v. National Security Agency lawsuit on behalf of AT&T customers in September 2008, with the goal of stopping the Bush administration’s massive, warrantless dragnet surveillance of American citizens’ communications and communications records.
The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) is an equally respected non-profit organization tirelessly working to protect the digital rights of businesses and individuals. They not only agree with eWeek, but feel even more strongly about the dangers of this legislation. They have deemed this proposed law, a "massive piece of job-killing Internet regulation. . . This bill cannot be fixed; it must be killed."
"The use of drones in American airspace could dramatically increase the physical tracking of citizens - tracking that can reveal deeply personal details about our private lives," the foundation's attorney Jennifer Lynch in a statement.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, concerned about the latter (as we all should be) is trying to find out even the most basic information about these eyes in the sky. So far, at least, they have been stymied, which is why yesterday the EFF filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the federal government.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of California against the U.S. Department of Transportation, the umbrella agency for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Web hosting control panel cPanel launched a Twitter campaign on Tuesday to raise awareness about the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act. According to a blog post, cPanel promises to donate $2.50 per Tweet with the hashtag #cpanel4antisopa to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
In the post, cPanel CEO Nick Koston says it has already donated $5000 to EFF, and will donate an additional $2.50 for every Tweet up to a total donation of $10,000.
“If the government is able to force people to turn over their encryption passwords, it is able to force people to be witnesses against themselves in ways that violate the constitution,” said the EFF’s Hofmann. The EFF has filed a brief in the Fricosu case.