EFF in the News
A newly proposed bill in the House, which seeks to slap a warning label on nearly all video games, may violate the First Amendment, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Earlier this week the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) also expressed its concerns over the so-called ‘graduated response’ system. They highlight that the agreement puts the burden of proof on the alleged file-sharers, which doesn’t seem fair considering the many wrongful accusations that can occur.
Parker Higgins, an EFF activist, writing on the EFF Deeplinks Blog criticized U.S. Representative Joe Baca (who introduced the bill) saying:
“Rep. Baca tries to cloak his anti-speech bill by the inapt comparison for tobacco warning labels in the press release announcing the bill. But while there is a wealth of proof that cigarettes are dangerous, studies simply haven’t conclusively demonstrated a causal link between video games and aggressive behavior.”
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Mitch Stoltz, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said it's unclear how severe penalties could be for users who are repeatedly warned under the system. The announcement listed examples but made it clear that other means could be used.
Carpathia said in January it would work with a nonprofit group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, to try to preserve the data. In its court filing, the company said it had so far refrained from deleting the data given the interest from so many parties in keeping it.
“When it comes to the government's ability to search your electronic devices at the border, we've always maintained that the border is not an ‘anything goes’ zone, and that the Fourth Amendment doesn't allow the government to search whatever it wants for any (or no) reason at all,” said EFF on March 20 after the appeals court order. The March 20 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, said EFF, “agreed to rehear a case that gave the government carte blanche to search through electronic devices at the border.”
"Restrictions from the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security still appear to prevent communications tools and services from being exported to Syrians without a license," Electronic Frontier Foundation attorneys Cindy Cohn and Jillian York write in an essay. "Because of these restrictions, Syrians still cannot access Google products Chrome and Earth, cannot download Java, among various other tools, and cannot use hosting services like Rackspace, SuperGreenHosting and others."