EFF in the News
But Hanni Fakhoury, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the organization believes that doesn't matter. He said the foundation would file a supporting brief with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals when the case gets there.
"We still think the Fifth Amendment protects the compelled disclosure of the password or the decrypted contents of the computer," he wrote in an e-mail.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed an amicus brief in support of the defendant’s Fifth Amendment plea. In it, the organization said:
“EFF’s interest in this case is the sound and principled application of the Fifth Amendment to encryption passwords and encrypted information stored on computers. EFF submits this brief to help the Court apply the Fifth Amendment privilege against selfincrimination in a manner that ensures the constitutional rights of those who use this technological measure to protect their privacy and security.”
In a Denver Post story laying out the case earlier this month, Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which filed a brief in support of Friscou, had said, “if the government wins in this case, and they are able to force her to decrypt the laptop … it’s the erosion of the Fifth Amendment. It’s seeing the Fifth Amendment not keeping up with advances in technology.”
This led to a rapidly cascading series of events that has included a dubious cease-and-desist letter from Carrier IQ to Mr. Eckhart, an apology from Carrier IQ after the Electronic Frontier Foundation interceded on Mr. Eckhart’s behalf, letters from several members of Congress, multiple class-action lawsuits against Carrier IQ and its corporate customers, including Samsung and HTC, and a reported U.S. government probe.
It is troubling that legitimate digital storage services should feel compelled to monitor their users, says intellectual property director Corynne McSherry of the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation. "In terms of privacy, that should be a concern," she says.
What effect are these actions having on the Web, and the legislation? We discuss with Declan McCullagh of CNET and Trevor Timm of the EFF.
More than six months after it first launched, Google+ is set to finally allow users to create accounts using pseudonyms. Google announced that it planned to do so back in October in response to complaints from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and others, who said pseudonyms are necessary to ensure freedom of expression for people in danger of retribution for speaking out on controversial topics.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s activism team has personally posted on Reddit to thank the service and the users of the service for everything that they have done to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act. From the GoDaddy SOPA support incident to the Reddit blackout, the EFF says that Reddit’s support had a ‘major impact’ on the fate of the issue.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a European treaty ostensibly intended to target the sale of counterfeit physical goods online, but critics believe could hinder free expression. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has said that “disturbingly little information” has been divulged about the treaty’s contents and that the agreement’s aim to set a new standard for intellectual property enforcement is not clear about how Internet service providers can and should remove infringing material from the Internet.