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You may have already heard about CISPA, the cybersecurity bill moving quickly through the House that would let companies like Google, Facebook, and AT&T snoop on our communications and hand sensitive user data to the government without a court order. That's why EFF is joining a coalition of other organizations in speaking out against this cyber spying bill -- and we're calling on the Internet community to join us. So what can you do to stand against this bill?
And follow our Deeplinks blog and our microblogging on Twitter or Identi.ca for updates on the campaign.
ACTA: The State of Play in the U.S.
In the last few weeks, we've seen surprising and significant developments with the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in both the U.S. and the EU. In both process and in substance, ACTA is a deeply undemocratic initiative that has bypassed checks and balances of existing international IP norm-setting bodies, without any meaningful input from national parliaments, policymakers, or their citizens. Here are some recent U.S. developments and what we and others are doing to highlight the illegitimacy of this controversial agreement.
TPP: Continuing to Nudge Toward Agreement
Informal negotiations are underway in Chile this week on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). Up for negotiation are provisions dealing with intellectual property -- including online copyright enforcement, DMCA-style digital locks, and Internet intermediary liability.
Hollywood Loves a Sequel -- But Really, SOPA 2?
Chris Dodd, Chair of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was quoted as saying he is "confident" negotiations for a SOPA revival are taking place. It sounds like Dodd learned the wrong lesson from the Internet uprising against SOPA: since January's protests, Internet users have been clear and consistent about rejecting backroom deals that would undermine their online freedoms in misguided attempts to preserve legacy business structures.
Miami-Dade PD Releases Information about Its Drone Program; Will the FAA Follow Suit?
EFF recently received records from the Miami-Dade Police Department in response to a Public Records request for information on its drone program. These records provide additional insight into domestic drone use in the United States, and they reinforce the importance of public access to information on who is authorized to fly drones inside US borders.
Trouble in Trolltown: Judges Are Increasingly Catching On to Copyright Trolls' Unfair Tactics
Life under the bridge is a bit less comfortable for copyright trolls these days, as a series of legal losses continues to undermine their misguided business model. In the past few months, judges around the country have picked up the pace and gone after both the legal tactics used for trolling and the lawyers engaging in them.
EFF Sponsors California Bill to Protect Location Data
Police shouldn't be able to get your sensitive location data -- information that can reveal your religion, health, hobbies, and politics -- on a whim. That's why EFF is a sponsor of a new bill in the California legislature that would ensure law enforcement obtains a warrant before acquiring a person’s location information from an electronic device like a cell phone.
This Week in Censorship: The Increasingly Censorious World
New research from the OpenNet Initiative says 47% of all Internet users experience censorship online; Vietnam could edge out the competition to be Enemy #1 of the Internet; and Iran denies reports that it plans to cut itself off from the global Internet.
SCOTUSblog: Supreme Court grants cert on Kirtsaeng v. Wiley
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider the legality of purchasing copyrighted works overseas and bringing them back to the U.S. for resale. The Court had agreed to rule on that issue in 2010, but wound up splitting 4-4.
EU Parliament’s draftsman urges ACTA rejection
Finally, some good news on ACTA: the British MEP in charge of drafting urges EU Parliament to reject it.
CNET: This Internet provider pledges to put your privacy first. Always.
Nicholas Merrill, renowned for fighting off a National Security Letter, is now planning an encrypted and privacy-maximizing ISP.
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