EFF Seeks to Keep Apples Hands Off Reporters Sources - Page 2

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-03-23 Print this article Print

"Apple must also demonstrate that it has done an exhaustive search elsewhere for the information it seeks before targeting journalists with court orders," the release continues. "There is no evidence that Apple has done such an exhaustive search. " EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl said that the ruling is a dangerous precedent that threatens the freedom of the press. "The California courts have a long history of supporting and protecting the freedom of the press," he is quoted as saying in the EFFs release. "The Court of Appeal will now get the opportunity to correct a ruling that endangers all journalists." Read more here about Judge James Kleinbergs tentative ruling that three Mac rumor sites cannot seek protection under journalist shield laws.
Another freedom at risk in the court ruling is e-mail privacy, according to EFF Staff Attorney and Bruce J. Ennis Fellow Kevin Bankston.
"The Superior Courts ruling exalted statutory trade secret protection over constitutional rights, misapplied the test for when the constitutional reporters privilege may be overcome, and ignored the Stored Communications Act altogether," he is quoted as saying in the EFFs release. "There are strong protections for e-mail privacy under federal law, especially when that mail is held by an ISP. Every e-mail service provider should be concerned about correcting this dangerous precedent." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about Apple in the enterprise. And for insights on Macintosh coverage around the Web, check out eWEEK.com Executive Editor Matthew Rothenbergs Weblog.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel