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Via Updates. Will the Rise of Wikileaks Competitors Make Whistleblowing Resistant to Censorship? Newly Released Documents Detail FBI’s Plan to Expand Federal Surveillance Laws. FBI, DOJ and DEA Stall Release of Records on Bid to Expand Surveillance Laws. Today EFF filed a reply brief in its FOIA lawsuit seeking records from the FBI, DOJ and DEA that would justify the Administration’s need to expand federal surveillance laws like the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).

FBI, DOJ and DEA Stall Release of Records on Bid to Expand Surveillance Laws

The proposed expansion would require communications providers like Skype, Facebook, Blackberry and Twitter to build wiretapping capabilities right into their systems, and although we know Congress intends to turn to this issue early this year, FBI, DEA and DOJ have argued they can’t give us all the documents we asked for until the summer of 2012. Copyright Abuse in Ohio Governor Election.

UPDATE: The video was restored on October 8.

Copyright Abuse in Ohio Governor Election

We thank YouTube for its willingness to restore the video so promptly. With just weeks to go before Ohio votes on its next governor, the contest has devolved into a copyright squabble that is keeping a political video off YouTube on the basis of a bogus copyright claim. A couple of days ago, Congressman John Kasich put out a commercial that featured a man dressed as a steelworker discussing Governor Ted Strickland’s record. What Does the "Track" in "Do Not Track" Mean? There is a lot of discussion about Do Not Track at the moment.

What Does the "Track" in "Do Not Track" Mean?

The FTC has announced support for the idea; Mozilla has added a Do Not Track header option into Firefox betas, and Congresswoman Jackie Speier has introduced a Do Not Track bill. Other proposed privacy legislation, such as Rep. Bobby Rush's bill, could also achieve similar objectives. And yesterday, EFF submitted comments urging the Federal Trade Commission to defend online privacy by supporting the header-based Do Not Track feature.

Do Not Track is important because it creates a policy mechanism to augment the privacy enhancing technologies that we currently have. Some other anti-tracking technologies have also been discussed a lot recently, including Microsoft's IE 9 Tracking Protection Lists, and AdBlock Plus with EasyPrivacy. Riding the Fences of the “Urban Homestead”: Trademark Complaints and Misinformation Lead to Improper Takedowns. Breaking News on EFF Victory: Appeals Court Holds that Email Privacy Protected by Fourth Amendment. Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information. Once upon a time, Facebook could be used simply to share your interests and information with a select small community of your own choosing.

Facebook Further Reduces Your Control Over Personal Information

As Facebook's privacy policy once promised, "No personal information that you submit to Facebook will be available to any user of the Web Site who does not belong to at least one of the groups specified by you in your privacy settings. " How times have changed. Today, Facebook removed its users' ability to control who can see their own interests and personal information. Senators Unveil Yet Another Flawed National ID Card Plan. Last Friday, Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) outlined a proposal for immigration reform.

Senators Unveil Yet Another Flawed National ID Card Plan

At the top of their immigration reform agenda? A national, biometric identification card for all workers, citizen or immigrant. From the article: We would require all U.S. citizens and legal immigrants who want jobs to obtain a high-tech, fraud-proof Social Security card. Each card's unique biometric identifier would be stored only on the card; no government database would house everyone's information.

Gizmodo Editor Chen Entitled to a Little First Amendment Respect. In yesterday's post, we asserted that the REACT high tech task force search of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home and seizure of his computers and other property as part of their investigation of that blog's reporting on the iPhone 4G prototype was almost certainly illegal.

Gizmodo Editor Chen Entitled to a Little First Amendment Respect

That claim caused some to question whether the California shield law and the federal Privacy Protection Act (PPA) apply if the reporter himself is suspected of criminal activity. Both statutory provisions likely apply here, and for good reason. U.K. Passes Internet Censorship and Disconnection Law. To Press for New Privacy Protections Against Hidden Video Survei. Philadelphia - On Monday, March 29, at 10 a.m., the Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs of the U.S.

to Press for New Privacy Protections Against Hidden Video Survei

Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing in the Philadelphia federal courthouse on whether the federal electronic privacy laws need to be updated to better regulate secret video surveillance. Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will testify. Lawsuit Against YouTube Threatens Global Growth of Political Speech. San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a coalition of advocacy groups have asked a federal appeals court to reject attempts to thwart federal copyright law and saddle online communities with new litigation fears in the appeal of Viacom v.

Lawsuit Against YouTube Threatens Global Growth of Political Speech

YouTube. In an amicus brief filed Thursday, EFF argues that the infringement claims made by Viacom and the other plaintiffs threaten to undermine the "safe harbor" provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) -- safe harbors that have fostered free speech and innovation around the globe. Without the clear legal structure of the DMCA process, companies that host user-generated expression could be hit with potentially massive damage awards, which would encourage over-blocking of content or even the shutdown of services altogether. Work With EFF and TOR for Google's Summer of Code.