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Amicus Brief in Yahoo Colorado Case

Amicus Brief in Yahoo Colorado Case

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1UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADOIN RE APPLICATION OF THEUNITED STATES OF AMERICAFOR AN ORDER PURSUANT TO18 U.S.C. § 2703(d)Misc. No. 09-Y-080 CBS
BRIEF OF
 AMICI CURIAE
ELECTRONIC FRONTIERFOUNDATION, THE CENTER FOR DEMOCRACY &TECHNOLOGY, THE CENTER FOR FINANCIAL PRIVACYAND HUMAN RIGHTS, THE COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISEINSTITUTE, THE COMPUTER & COMMUNICATIONSINDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, THE DISTRIBUTED COMPUTINGINDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, GOOGLE INC., NETCOALITION, THE PROGRESS & FREEDOM FOUNDATION AND TRUSTEOPPOSING THE UNITED STATES’ MOTION TO COMPELCOMPLIANCE WITH THIS COURT’S 2703(d) ORDERSTATEMENT OF
 AMICI CURIAE
 
 Amici
are a collection of non-profit public interest and advocacyorganizations, Internet companies and industry associations seeking toensure the preservation of Fourth Amendment and statutory privacyprotections for advancing communications technology.The Electronic Frontier Foundation (“EFF”) is a non-profit, member-supported civil liberties organization working to protect free speech andprivacy rights in the online world. As part of that mission, EFF has servedas counsel or
amicus
in key cases addressing electronic privacy statutes andthe Fourth Amendment as applied to the Internet and other new
 
2technologies. With more than 14,000 dues-paying members, EFF representsthe interests of technology users in both court cases and in broader policydebates surrounding the application of law in the digital age, and publishes acomprehensive archive of digital civil liberties information at one of themost linked-to web sites in the world,http://www.eff.org.The Center for Democracy & Technology (“CDT”) is a non-profitpublic interest organization focused on privacy and other civil libertiesissues affecting the Internet and other communications networks. CDTrepresents the public’s interest in an open, decentralized Internet andpromotes the constitutional and democratic values of free expression,privacy, and individual liberty.The Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights (“CFPHR”),http://www.financial privacy.org, was founded in 2005 to defend privacy,civil liberties and market economics. The Center is a non-profit humanrights and civil liberties organization whose core mission recognizestraditional economic rights as a necessary foundation for a broadunderstanding of human rights. CFPHR is part of the Liberty and PrivacyNetwork, a non-governmental advocacy and research 501(c)(3) organization.The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a public interest groupdedicated to free enterprise and limited government. We believe that the bestsolutions come from people making their own choices in a free marketplace,rather than government intervention. Since our founding in 1984, CEI hasbecome a leading national voice on a broad range of regulatory issues, from
 
3environmental policy to technology law to risk regulation.The Computer & Communications Industry Association (“CCIA”) is anonprofit membership organization comprised of a wide range of computer,Internet, information technology, and telecommunications companies. Ourmembers include computer and communications companies, equipmentmanufacturers, software developers, service providers, re-sellers, integrators,and financial service companies. Together, our members employ almost onemillion workers and generate nearly $250 billion in annual revenue. Forover thirty years, CCIA has advocated for open markets, open systems, opennetworks, and full, fair, and open competition. A complete list of CCIA’scurrent members is available online athttp://www.ccianet.org/members.The Distributed Computing Industry Association (“DCIA”) is a non-profit global trade organization working to commercially advance peer-to-peer (P2P), cloud computing, and related technologies. As part of thatmission, it operates voluntary working groups comprised of industryrepresentatives engaging with relevant government agencies to improve theperformance of distributed computing software from the perspective of consumer safety and security. With more than 100 Member companies, theDCIA brings together software developers and distributors, contentproviders, broadband network operators, and service-and-supportcompanies. In addition to its working groups, the DCIA conducts severalindustry trade conferences each year, distributes the weekly onlinenewsletter DCINFO, and maintains a database of thousands of articles

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