EFF Calls for a Day of Action June 21 on Rule 41 Proposal

Email received by the Editor of Domain Mondo from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org):

EFF, the Tor Project, and dozens of other organizations concerned about the future of our digital security are taking a stand for users everywhere. We’re organizing a campaign and day of action to speak out against the changes to Rule 41.

Here's the deal: The Department of Justice is using an obscure procedure to push through a rule change that will greatly increase law enforcement’s ability to hack into computers located around the world. It’s an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. If Congress does nothing, this massive change will automatically go into effect on December 1. We’ve written a detailed explanation of the changes to Rule 41, which explains why this update will result in a dramatic increase in government hacking.

But we can’t do it alone. If you run a website, we need your help.

We’ve put together an embeddable banner to allow people to email members of the U.S. Congress or sign a petition opposing the changes to Rule 41. Please, check out the instructions for embedding the banner directly or hosting your own copy. The code will automatically display the banner on our day of action—Tuesday, June 21—and then disappear automatically.

If you plan to take part, please let us know.

Don't run a website?

Even if you don’t run a website where you can embed the banner, you can still help. On or before June 21, you can send an email to your member of Congress. Please post about Rule 41 on social media or a blog, and ask your friends to speak out. Feel free to get creative by hosting events in your home community, taking a photo, and sending it our way. And if you do plan something, please let us know!

Thanks for your help,

Rainey Reitman
Activism Director
Electronic Frontier Foundation
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