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Porn Troll Wants Wi-Fi Providers to Pay for Others' Illegal Downloads

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal judge today to reject a porn troll's ploy to make a Wi-Fi provider responsible for the purported copyright infringement of another user. Liberty Media Holdings (LMH) is suing two roommates in New York, alleging the illegal downloading of a...

From Fingerprints to DNA: Biometric Data Collection in U.S. Immigrant Communities and Beyond

San Francisco - Today the Immigration Policy Center (IPC) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) release "From Fingerprints to DNA: Biometric Data Collection in U.S. Immigrant Communities and Beyond." The paper outlines the current state of U.S. government collection of biometric information and the problems that could arise from these...

EFF to Testify at Hearings on Expanding DMCA Exemptions for Jailbreaking and Video Remixing

Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles - Experts from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will testify at public hearings held by the U.S. Copyright Office this month, urging officials to renew and expand the critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that the Copyright Office granted in 2009 in...

EFF Urges Appeals Court to Protect Forums Allowing Users to Speak Online

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is urging a federal appeals court to block an attempt by disgruntled businesses to make an end-run around the federal law that protects Yelp and other online forums from liability for their users' reviews. In a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the U.S...

Time for Technology Companies to Stand Up for Human Rights

San Francisco - It's time for technology companies that sell surveillance and filtering equipment to step up and ensure they aren't helping governments in committing human rights violations. In a white paper released today entitled "Human Rights and Technology Sales," EFF outlines how corporations can avoid assisting repressive regimes. The...

Radical Library/Publisher and Prison Support Group Settle Lawsuit with FBI and UC-Berkeley Police over Improper Raid

Berkeley, CA - Two radical groups have settled their lawsuits over an armed, over-broad police raid after the law enforcement agencies agreed to delete improperly seized computer data and pay $100,000 in damages and attorney's fees. Moreover, the University of California-Berkeley Police Department (UCBPD) acknowledged that at the time of...

Appeals Court Rules That Violating Corporate Policy Is Not a Computer Crime

San Francisco - A federal appeals court today rejected a dangerous interpretation of the federal anti-hacking law, dismissing charges that would have criminalized any employee's use of a company's computers in violation of corporate policy. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an amicus brief in this case, U.S. v. Nosal...

SEC Overreaches with Investigation Into Speakers' Identities

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal appeals court Wednesday to block administrative subpoenas from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that would reveal the identities of three pseudonymous Gmail users without meeting the legal standards for identifying anonymous speakers. In an amicus brief filed in...

PayPal Announces New Speech-Friendly Policy for Online Book Sales

San Francisco - Payment service provider PayPal has announced a new speech-friendly policy for online book sales, reversing plans to shut off payment processing to publishers of certain forms of erotic literature. "Free speech in the 21st Century depends on a chain of electronic service providers, and financial services like...

New 'HTTPS Everywhere' Version Warns Users About Web Security Holes

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched the 2.0 version of HTTPS Everywhere for the Firefox browser today, including an important new update that warns users about web security holes. The "Decentralized SSL Observatory" is an optional feature that detects encryption weaknesses and notifies users when they are...

EFF Urges Court to Reject Record Labels' Effort to Rewrite Copyright Law

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of libraries and public interest groups have asked an appeals court to affirm the downsized copyright damage award in Capitol v. Thomas-Rasset – the first individual file-sharing case to go to trial. Juries in this long-running case have come...

EFF Asks Judge to Prevent ‘Catch-22’ in Porn-Downloading Lawsuit

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to protect the identities of individuals sued in a mass copyright lawsuit involving pornographic materials. In this case, adult film company Hard Drive Productions sued 1495 unnamed Internet users, claiming they illegally downloaded copyrighted...

Unanimous Supreme Court Ensures Americans Have Protections from GPS Surveillance

San Francisco - In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has confirmed that Americans have constitutional protections against GPS surveillance by law enforcement, holding in U.S. v. Jones that GPS tracking is a "search" under the Fourth Amendment. In Jones, FBI agents planted a GPS device on a car...

Facebook Ploy to Criminalize Add-On Service Hurts Users and Innovation

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a district court judge Tuesday to block Facebook's attempts to criminalize an add-on service that helped users aggregate all of their social networking data in one place. Power Ventures created a web-based tool to let users view information from different social...

EFF Demands Withdrawal of Bogus Time Zone Database Lawsuit

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has demanded the withdrawal of a bogus copyright infringement lawsuit against the operators of a database of time zone information relied on by software engineers across the globe. Last September, an astrology software company called Astrolabe filed the suit against Arthur David...

Appeals Court Revives EFF's Challenge to Government's Massive Spying Program

San Francisco - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today blocked the government's attempt to bury the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) lawsuit against the government's illegal mass surveillance program, returning Jewel v. NSA to the District Court for the next step. The court found that Jewel had alleged sufficient...

Protect Yourself from Intrusive Laptop and Phone Searches at the U.S. Border

San Francisco - Anytime you travel internationally, you risk a broad, invasive search of your laptop, phone, and other digital devices – including the copying of your data and seizing of your property for an indefinite time. To help travelers protect themselves and their private information during the busy holiday...

Judge: Prosecution of Online Critic Under Anti-Stalking Law Is Unconstitutional

San Francisco - A federal district court judge in Maryland today blocked the government's use of a federal anti-stalking law to prosecute a man for posting insults and criticism of a public figure to Twitter, ruling that "the First Amendment protects speech even when the subject or manner of expression...

New Global Chokepoints Project Tracks Censorship Around the World

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), in collaboration with over a dozen civil society organizations worldwide, today launched Global Chokepoints at www.globalchokepoints.org to document how copyright enforcement is being used to censor online free expression in countries around the world. Global Chokepoints, funded in part through a grant...

Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Anonymity of Online Critic of Political Candidate

San Francisco - The Illinois Court of Appeals today overturned a lower court ruling that had ordered the disclosure of the identity of an anonymous online critic of a political candidate, ruling that the First Amendment prevented such "fishing expeditions" undertaken by "those easily offended by online commentary." The Electronic...

U.S. Senator, Encryption Innovator, and Tunisian Blogging Group Win EFF Pioneer Awards

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2011 Pioneer Awards: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, encryption innovator Ian Goldberg, and Tunisian blogging collective Nawaat. The award ceremony will be held on the evening of November 15 at the Children's Creativity Museum in...

GPS Inventor Joins EFF in Fight Against Warrantless GPS Tracking

Washington, D.C. - The principal inventor of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and other leading technologists have joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in urging the U.S Supreme Court to block the government from using GPS tracking without first getting a warrant, arguing that the massive collection of sensitive location...

Who's on the Intelligence Oversight Board? Government Won't Say

San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed suit today against the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) demanding records of who is on the Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB) -- the presidentially appointed, civilian panel in charge of reviewing all misconduct reports for American intelligence...

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