EFF in the News
Among the groups that signed the letter were the Constitution Project and Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Both the lawsuits were filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). One of them (Hepting vs. AT&T) was filed in 2006 and accuses AT&T of violating privacy law by illegally collaborating with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to wire-tap and mine the phone and email conversations of millions of ordinary U.S. citizens.
The request from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Democracy and Technology in Government and other groups is a product of the drama in San Francisco that developed when Bay Area Rapid Transit officials decided Aug. 11 to shut off access to mobile service providers at four BART stations during a scheduled protest, Gov Tech writes.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation will ask the appeals court to reverse a decision dismissing the Jewel case. A lower court argued that since millions of Americans were spied on by the government, no single citizen had standing to sue the government. The court's reasoning in its ruling may be weak, since the government in its filings with the appeals court spends more verbiage reheating the national security chestnut than trying to defend the lower court's logic.
Update: see this EFF release for a lot more information; it does not look good.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology in Government, and several other organizations asserted in the emergency petition that Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) purposeful shutdown on Aug. 11 of wireless service used by passengers engendered public safety and infringed on citizen rights.
Nearly six years later, the merits of the lawsuits have never been addressed. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which brought the leading cases, appealed, and contends that the litigation should never have been dismissed.
Public Knowledge, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation said Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) didn’t have the authority to shut down cell service in some stations to deter organizers of a planned Aug. 11 protest.
Those who have issues with the bill include the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Google—and Henley suggests that both are borderline complicit in criminal activity because of their resistance.
Yet, as the EFF notes in the link above, if ICE were even mildly technically competent, it would have been able to tell before it seized the machines that King was running a Tor exit node, and thus was not the person connected to the IP (nor could he say who was).