EFF in the News
The EFF has a tool to help you contact your representative about CISPA and the broader issue of cybersecurity legislation. The bill is going to the House the week of April 23rd, so now is the time to get involved.
The three-day meeting will bring together members of the Tracking Protection Working Group that includes lawyers and academics along with representatives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, AT&T, the FTC, and invited experts from privacy groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Digital Democracy.
One, Kyle Goodwin, is seeking the return of data. Goodwin, who reports on high school sports in Ohio, stored videos through Megaupload, according to the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation. Goodwin's own servers crashed recently, leaving him with no files other than those he sent to Megaupload, says EFF, which is representing Goodwin.
“It’s a little piece of SOPA wrapped up in a bill that’s supposedly designed to facilitate detection of and defense against cybersecurity threats,” the EFF writes.
Big dogs like Google, Facebook, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and now the Motion Picture Association of America have all filed briefs in an obscure copyright case currently being heard by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. At stake: what does a service have to do when a takedown notice is filed, and should that site have an additional burden to block repeat offenders?
Some digital rights groups, including the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, have raised privacy and civil liberties concerns about CISPA.
Privacy and online speech advocate Electronic Frontier Foundation attacked the proposed bill last month, claiming that it unfairly targets anti-government whistleblower sites. “The language is so broad it could be used as a blunt instrument to attack Websites like The Pirate Bay or WikiLeaks,” wrote EFF’s Rainey Reitman.
Rainey Reitman and Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation released a statement outlining their concerns about the inclusion of intellectual property in CISPA.
Jillian C York is director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco. Here she writes about " Fighting online censorship when legal action fails".
According to the EFF, the language in CISPA is worded so broadly that it could be interpreted to allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and companies such as Google and Facebook to intercept your messages and transmit them to the government.