EFF in the News
"It's very clearly a major First Amendment problem whenever a government agency takes it upon itself to simply prevent people from being able to speak," says Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil rights group.
Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontiers Foundation say they don't believe BART officials had the legal or constitutional right to turn off access to cell phone networks inside four downtown San Francisco stations last Thursday.
Still, BART, whose actions have been criticized as unconstitutional on the grounds that the agency hindered free speech, is likely to stay on the radar of the ACLU and other organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group concerned with digital issues, put it a bit more bluntly in a post: “BART Pulls a Mubarak in San Francisco.”
CDT was intensively engaged in the proceeding of the California PUC, working in collaboration with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and represented by the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. In the course of the California proceeding, CDT and EFF laid out a comprehensive data privacy framew
The Electronic Frontier Foundation, too, said it was unlikely to file a lawsuit over the disabling of wireless reception for three hours.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation said BART’s actions constituted an unconstitutional breach of protesters’ First Amendment rights. A blog post on the San Francisco civil rights group’s website likened the subway’s move to Egypt’s decision to cut internet access to quell protests: “Bart Pulls a Mubarak in San Francisco.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), that bastion of First Amendment defense (but also, paradoxically, of privacy protection — you get to say whatever you want, just not about me), predictably protested on its Website, likening BART officials to Hosni Mubarak, in reference to the former dictator’s attempt to shut down protests against his government by interfering with the communications network in Egypt.
The attorneys with the Electronic Frontier Foundation said Righthaven’s response to their motion for attorney’s fees failed to address the controlling case law, so they’re increasing their fee demand from the original discounted amount of $166,718 to a "full freight" award of $199,250.
Civil liberties organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), as well as the hacktivist group known as Anonymous, are now vociferously objecting.