EFF in the News
A week ago, we mentioned that Denton lawyer Evan Stone (not to be confused with, you know, Evan Stone) had run afoul of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Citizen in his case against hundreds of anonymous folks -- known only by their IP addresses -- for illegally downloading the porn flick Der Gute Önkel over BitTorrent, and subsequently dropped that case.
¿Lo que se escribe en Twitter es público? Sí, dice Katitza Rodríguez, experta en asuntos de privacidad en línea y miembro de Electronic Frontier Foundation, una fundación norteamericana que se dedica a analizar y defender los derechos civiles en el entorno digital. “Twitter empezó como un medio de comunicación entre la ciudadanía. Todo lo que se ponga ahí (que no sea un mensaje directo) es público, tanto así que la biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos indexa y archiva los mensajes que son transmitidos a través de esta plataforma”.
Two civil liberties groups have squared off against the government as investigators probing the WikiLeaks scandal seek to gain access to Twitter records.
Lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) appeared in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, Tuesday representing three people government investigators are targeting.
In Las Vegas, lawsuits have been filed over various Review-Journal content, including a graphic showing how the mirrors at the Vdara Hotel at CityCenter focused sunlight at the hotel's pool in a phenomenon that one tourist claimed singed his hair, according to Jason Schultz, co-director of the University of California, Berkeley, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic.
Corynne McSherry, intellectual property director at the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, said having most cases settled outside court leaves the legal issues surrounding the suits unsettled.
Leahy has indicated he plans to introduce similar legislation this year even as advocacy groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have warned the bill could amount to online censorship.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will be in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, for a hearing in a legal battle over the government's demands for the records of several Twitter users in connection with an investigation related to WikiLeaks.
Little wonder, then, that FBI abuses keep mounting. Most recently, a report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) reveals that since 9/11, the FBI has been responsible for at least 40,000 violations of the law. Most of the violations are of "internal oversight guidelines," while close to one-third were "abuse of National Security Letters," and almost one-fifth are "violations of the Constitution, FISA, and other legal authorities." Specific violations include "failure to submit notification of the investigation of a US person to FBI Headquarters for three years... failure to report a violation within 14 days of its discovery [and] continuing to investigate a US person when the authority to do so had expired."
EFF’s Kevin Bankston provides some context.
“This is the answer to a mystery that has puzzled us for more than a year now,” said Kevin Bankston, a senior staff attorney and expert on electronic surveillance and national security laws for the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation.
It's using the judicial system as a business model. In one of the lawsuits Stone filed for Mick Haig Productions, the judge wisely asked Public Citizen and EFF to act as counsel for the John Does who had been sued, to represent their interests before allowing Stone to move forward with the discovery process (which would allow him to subpoena ISPs to get the names associated with various IP addresses). Public Citizen and EFF filed motions concerning some of the problems with the overall case and the judge refused to allow discovery while considering those motions.
We convened a group of privacy experts, journalists and publishers to discuss -- and debate -- the limits to what companies and government could track about us online. Check it out! (With EFF Senior Staff Attorney Lee Tien.)