Online Anonymity

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A couple of items from the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s newsletter EFFector:

EFF: FBI’s “National Security Letters” Threaten Online Speech and Privacy

EFF Urges Appeals Court to Find Secret Subpoena Power Unconstitutional

New York – The Electronic Frontier Foundation, joined by several civil liberties organizations and online service providers, filed a friend-of-the-court brief yesterday in the case of Doe v. Gonzales arguing that National Security Letters (NSLs) are unconstitutional. NSLs are secret subpoenas for communications logs, issued directly by the FBI without any judicial oversight. These secret subpoenas allow the FBI to demand that online service providers produce records of where their customers go on the Web, as well as what they read and with whom they exchange email. The FBI can even issue NSLs for information about people who haven’t committed any crimes.

Public Citizen: Internet Critic of Delaware Politician Has Right to Anonymity, Public Citizen Tells Court

Message Board Poster Criticized Smyrna Town Council Member’s Job Performance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A person who posted Internet messages criticizing a Delaware politician’s leadership skills has a right to remain anonymous, Public Citizen urged the Supreme Court of Delaware today in a “friend of the court� brief. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware also joined the friend of the court brief.

Related to the second item: EFF’s Bloggers’ FAQ – Online Defamation Law

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