Date: February 4, 2014
Department: Law School
EFF, founded in 1990, confronts cutting-edge digital rights issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights. The non-profit has been at the forefront of the issues surrounding the NSA and recent controversy related to its mass surveillance program and personal data breaches of millions of Americans by the agency.
In 2006, EFF filed the first case against a cooperating telecommunications carrier for violating its customers' privacy. The case was eventually dismissed following the passage of an amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Act in 2008. In 2008, EFF sued the NSA to stop warrantless wiretapping, and in July 2013, a federal judge ruled that the government could not rely on state secrets privilege to block a constitutional challenge to the program. Following this ruling, EFF filed another lawsuit after a published FISA court order revealed an NSA demand to Verizon Communications to turn over data from customer phone records.
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