A couple of items from the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s newsletter EFFector:
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.
Message Board Poster Criticized Smyrna Town Council MemberÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Job Performance
WASHINGTON, D.C. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ A person who posted Internet messages criticizing a Delaware politicianÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s leadership skills has a right to remain anonymous, Public Citizen urged the Supreme Court of Delaware today in a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œfriend of the courtÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚? 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