Feeds

Diebold gives up e-vote clampdown

The archive is safe

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The next step in data security

ATM giant and voting machine hopeful Diebold has dropped its attempts to stifle discussion of flaws in its computer systems.

An archive of internal Diebold emails, some listing embarrassing errors in Florida during the 2000 Presidential Election count, has been widely hosted on the Internet since it first leaked.

Diebold argued that the emails were protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the draconian 1998 legislation written by copyright lobbyists. Since copyright was a concept sanctioned in US law to protected the 'useful arts', this was a novel interpretation of the founding fathers' original intents.

Diebold threatened not only ISPs who hosted the material, but anyone who linked to the archive. But after a case was brought by the EFF's publicity officer, a Judge in San Jose in a preliminary hearing has forced Diebold to promise not to threaten any more Internet Providers. The court will hear motions in January. A full case is scheduled for 2004. ®

Related Stories

E-voting vendor sued for DMCA takedown
Electronic Voting Debacle

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.