EFF in the News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation said in a statement on its website that the language used in the act was too vague.
"The broad language around what constitutes a cyber-security threat leaves the door wide open for abuse," stated the organisation.
Julie Samuels, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet civil liberties group, argued that the government should establish a system through which those users could file affidavits and claim their data.
In Google’s corner are several heavyweights. Yahoo, eBay, consumer advocacy group Public Citizen and digital rights advocacy groups Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge have filed briefs in support of the Internet company, saying most people don’t confuse paid advertisements with search results, and that keyword advertising encourages competition and the free flow of information to users.
Several congressional bills would further information sharing between the public and private sectors, in part by clarifying procedures for how the information is exchanged. But an analysis by the nonprofit public Electronic Frontier Foundation said the bills could endanger civil liberties by allowing "a whole host of monitoring activities" by government and nongovernment officials.
Rainey Reitman, activism director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said she is hopeful the protest will attract more attention to the information-sharing provisions of the bill.
Fortunately for us Barlow is still alive and well, running the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which is tirelessly fighting against everything he said the internet shouldn't be.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation urged the judge to establish a system to allow Megaupload users to retrieve their legal data. But the judge expressed skepticism that it would be feasible to set up and operate such a system given the large amount of data involved.
Online civil rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation is filing a brief on behalf of Goodwin and other innocent customers. Julie Samuels, an attorney with the EFF, says this online case shouldn't be seen any differently than a real world case. She says imagine if the government were to seize a bank.
But some of the people and small businesses that used Megaupload had perfectly legitimate files and did nothing wrong. Internet advocates, including the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, say a mechanism should be put in place so those users can get their data back.
Julie Samuels, an attorney with the foundation, suggested the burden should be on the government to create and pay for such a mechanism because it was the government's tactics in prosecuting Megaupload and shutting down the entire site that caused the problem.
Carpathia teamed up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to launch megaretrieval.com, a website intended to help lawful U.S. users recover files that were uploaded to Megaupload, though it was unclear how that might happen.