EFF in the News
It was also signed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, University of Pennsylvania professor Matt Blaze, and Roger Easton, the scientist who was the principal designer of what became the GPS, or Global Positioning System.
Google, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation all backed the measure.
The EFF has sued the government after the administration refused a FOIA request to reveal who is on the Intelligence Oversight Board, which is a "presidentially appointed, civilian panel in charge of reviewing all misconduct reports for American intelligence agencies."
Julie Samuels, a patent attorney with the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation, is skeptical of Microsoft's motives. She says companies that aren't winning with consumers often assert their patents.
"When faxes started to go out of style, all of a sudden you saw this crazy uptick in litigation among fax companies," Samuels says. "It's because when a party isn't making much money selling their product, they realize they can maybe monetize their patents instead."
The threshold question in this case is whether the government's use of GPS technology to track respondents vehicle infringed a reasonable expectation of privacy and therefore constituted a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment.
"The Reader Privacy Act will help Californians protect their personal information whether they use new digital book services or their corner bookstore," said Cindy Cohn, legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
“The IOB has a critically important mission – civilian oversight of America’s intelligence activities,” said Mark Rumold, an open government legal fellow with the group.
"Essentially, each of us is being tailed," said Kevin Bankston, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Whether you went to the family planning clinic or a psychiatrist, or to be treated at the cancer specialists' office," data gleaned from cellphones alone reveal "an enormous amount about us."
The complaint invoked the infringement of The First Amendment. Matt Zimmerman, EFF Senior Staff Attorney, said that domain name seizures could only be considered blunt instruments, causing unacceptable collateral damage to such fundamental rights of the Internet users as freedom of speech.
We take a look at the new patent reform law that some tech entrepreneurs don't like with Julie Samuels of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.