EFF in the News
In an amicus curiae brief for Cox, the Electronic Frontier Foundation called for Hernandez to overturn the jury award as a threat to free speech, excessive, and based on the wrong standard of defamation law.
U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer dismissed the motion, leading the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to intervene on appeal.
"In the immediate case, the Securities and Exchange Commission seeks to obtain the identities of anonymous speakers based not on any evidentiary showing but on its own conclusory assertions that the information is needed to investigate misconduct," according to the amicus brief authored by EFF staff attorney Matt Zimmerman.
"The SEC has not explained why it has targeted the Gmail account holders, nor has it even identified any newsletters in question, much less link the users to any allegedly illegal activities," Zimmerman added.
“It’s troubling,” says Parker Higgins of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, “Any time a new service like this is introduced you have to think beyond what’s described in the press release.”
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has said that it wants to preserve the data so that it can use it as evidence should it decide to file civil litigation. The Electronic Frontier Foundation wants the material saved so that legal files stored on the service can be returned to consumers at the earliest possible time.
EFF attorneys said in a February court filing that Gibson should be held personally liable for sanctions because in the past, ''sanctions payable to the court have not been effective against Righthaven.''
Rainey Reitman, activism director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), applauded the FTC for its efforts, saying that the “final report creates strong guidelines for protecting consumer privacy choices in the online world.” In particular, Reitman said the efforts behind Do Not Track should be supported.
The report's been cautiously welcomed by campaigners such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been calling for a 'do not track' feature for some time.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation approved of the Federal Trade Commission’s final report on digital consumer privacy yesterday, although the privacy advocate did express some caution in giving the report its wholesale endorsement.
Jillian York, the director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has been tracking social media activism closely throughout the Arab Spring. She says that in the information battle, Syria’s activists have had a much tougher fight than their counterparts in countries such as Egypt or Tunisia, who managed to make relatively short work out of ousting their respective dictators.
“It carries this sort of basic hint that ‘if companies ignore what we’re saying, then we may come after you,’” said Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.