EFF in the News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Northern District of California against the U.S. Department of Transportation, the umbrella agency for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Web hosting control panel cPanel launched a Twitter campaign on Tuesday to raise awareness about the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act. According to a blog post, cPanel promises to donate $2.50 per Tweet with the hashtag #cpanel4antisopa to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
In the post, cPanel CEO Nick Koston says it has already donated $5000 to EFF, and will donate an additional $2.50 for every Tweet up to a total donation of $10,000.
“If the government is able to force people to turn over their encryption passwords, it is able to force people to be witnesses against themselves in ways that violate the constitution,” said the EFF’s Hofmann. The EFF has filed a brief in the Fricosu case.
Science was important to Lamarr. As she said in 1999: “Films have a certain place in a certain time period. Technology is forever.” This shows what her priorities were. And history has proven her right. Lamarr received neither money nor credit for her invention until 1997 when she was finally given the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award. Her son Anthony Loder accepted the award for his mother and played an audio-tape for the audience— the first time she had publicly spoken in over two decades.
Governments should be required to meet a high standard before demanding private information about users from online services, Cindy Cohn, legal director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital rights advocacy and legal organization, said at the time.
Laptops are lost, stolen, and confiscated everyday. Seth Schoen, a senior staff technologist for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy organization, suggested full disk encryption as a New Year’s resolution for 2012. Schoen says encryption is a very important step for journalists, who often have a goldmine of confidential information on their laptops. While lots of people have a password prompt when they power up their computer, this doesn’t protect the actual hard drive. “People might think that’s safe, but it’s very straightforward to bypass that password,” says Schoen. The contents of the computer could be accessed by simply disconnecting the hard drive and plugging it into another computer.
As pointed out recently by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a new logging feature introduced into AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) raises many privacy concerns. However, Mac users may not be aware that iChat uses the AIM service.
Despite the modern sheen on the issue, Cindy Cohn, EFF's legal director, sees it as no different than the colonists' fight against general warrants granting British soldiers limitless law enforcement power.
“It's a foundation of this country,” she said. “It appears our federal government has decided in the digital age they don't have to abide by the rules and that's important.”
Public Knowledge (PK), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and U.S. Public Interest Research Group asked the Supreme Court today to review a lower court decision in the case John Wiley & Sons, Inc. v. Kirtsaeng that could have major implications for the first sale doctrine and the ability of libraries to offer foreign-made books on their shelves.
EFF published an article earlier today detailing the U.S. government’s growing demand that Twitter shut down accounts that are affiliated with alleged terrorists. Citing several recent incidences in which government officials have pressured Twitter to censor tweets and accounts, EFF applauds Twitter’s resistance to comply with the demands: