EFF in the News
In an email, Corynne McSherry, the intellectual property director at the EFF, wrote that the filing is “the crucial first step” necessary to (as one Facebook page puts it) “Take Back Urban Home-Steading(s).” Why the awkward spelling? Because, Facebook users can’t say “urban homesteading” either.
For more we go to Mark Rumold, Legal Fellow with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who’ve investigated the use of these expiring provisions and say they’ve uncovered possible abuses of the law.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is working to make it harder for police officers to search your smartphone if you're arrested. The foundation recently filed a brief with the Oregon Supreme Court in a case where police arrested a man and then searched his cellphone without a warrant, according to the foundation. The police argue they didn't need a warrant, an argument the foundation rejects.
"If courts give police the freedom to rummage through the cellphones of anyone they arrest, then the constitutional protection of the warrant process is meaningless," Marcia Hofmann, a senior staff attorney at the foundation, said in a statement.
At a recent Senate Judiciary Hearing about this, FBI director Robert Mueller was asked if any of the three provisions had been found to be abused. Mueller responded, "I'm not aware of any." However, as the EFF notes, it has clear evidence of the roving wiretap being abused, which it found via some FOIA documents.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has teamed up with the law firm of Winston & Strawn to represent Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, authors of The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City, as well as their publisher, Process Media.
However, as the EFF notes, it has clear evidence of the roving wiretap being abused, which it found via some FOIA documents.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the Oregon Supreme Court to block warrantless searches of arrestees’ cell phones Friday, arguing in an amicus brief that granting law enforcement free rein to search data on the devices violates basic privacy protections guaranteed by the Constitutio
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has unearthed an interesting case of an improper use of surveillance in an investigation where the FBI had obtained “roving wiretap” authority. In a bizarre turn, the Bureau ended up eavesdropping on young children rather than their adult suspects for five days
The EFF urged that the Council recommend that member states adopt strong legal safeguards and due process before disclosure of individuals’ search records to government bodies, EFF international rights director Katitza Rodriguez said in a blog post last week.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has unearthed an interesting case of an improper use of surveillance in an investigation where the FBI had obtained "roving wiretap" authority.