EFF in the News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation points to a skeptical June Congressional Research Service report stating, "One of the biggest challenges facing policymakers is how to determine whether the NSI program is successful .
Another round of litigation, brought by the EFF and others, targets the government, accusing federal officials of violating the Fourth Amendment rights of anybody who so-much as sent an e-mail in the years following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
This past Monday, EFF, Public Knowledge and other public interest groups filed an emergency petition with the FCC, calling on the Commission to “Issue a declaratory ruling clarifying that such shutdowns by local governments violate the [amended Communications Act of 1934]” with respect to BART’s pre-emptive cell phone blackout before the BART protests.
On Wednesday, August 31 at 2 p.m., the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle will hear oral argument from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in Hepting v.AT&T and Jewel v. NSA—EFF’s two cases challenging thegovernment’s illegal mass surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans’ private communications.
The San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and other critics allege that the surveillance was much broader than that, citing a declaration from a longtime AT&T worker that the company had allowed the National Security Agency to build a room in one of the company's buildings and route copies of customers' communications there.
Legal observers such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation say that the embarrassing allegations and low fees can compel people to pay up even if they've done nothing wrong.
Among the groups that signed the letter were the Constitution Project and Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Both the lawsuits were filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). One of them (Hepting vs. AT&T) was filed in 2006 and accuses AT&T of violating privacy law by illegally collaborating with the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to wire-tap and mine the phone and email conversations of millions of ordinary U.S. citizens.
The request from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Center for Democracy and Technology in Government and other groups is a product of the drama in San Francisco that developed when Bay Area Rapid Transit officials decided Aug. 11 to shut off access to mobile service providers at four BART stations during a scheduled protest, Gov Tech writes.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation will ask the appeals court to reverse a decision dismissing the Jewel case. A lower court argued that since millions of Americans were spied on by the government, no single citizen had standing to sue the government. The court's reasoning in its ruling may be weak, since the government in its filings with the appeals court spends more verbiage reheating the national security chestnut than trying to defend the lower court's logic.