EPIC will testify before the Senate Committee on Aging about "Protecting Seniors from Identity Theft: Is the Federal Government Doing Enough?" A law enacted earlier this year prohibits the inclusion of SSNs on Medicare cards, but the federal agency tasked with implementing the change has said it will take years. In a prepared statement, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg warns about the growing risk of SSN-related identity theft. Mr. Rotenberg said, "Given the growing risk of identity theft coupled to the SSN and the fact that other federal agencies have already removed the SSN from identity cards, there is simply no excuse for further delay." EPIC has long urged Congress and state legislators not to use the SSN on identity documents.
European Court Strikes Down "Safe Harbor," Focus Shifts to Adequacy of US Privacy Laws
In a stunning decision, the European Court of Justice has ruled that the transatlantic "Safe Harbor" data pact is invalid. Safe Harbor had been widely criticized for failing to provide adequate data protection for users of Internet-based services.
EPIC Challenges FAA Failure to Establish Drone Privacy Rules
EPIC has filed the opening brief in a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration. EPIC charged that the agency’s failure to establish privacy rules for commercial drones is a violation of law and should be overturned.
EPIC Defends Privacy Laws in Supreme Court Brief
In an amicus brief for the Supreme Court EPIC defended Congress's authority to enact laws that safeguard the privacy of American consumers. The case, Spokeo v. Robins, arises from a data broker's publication of inaccurate, personal information in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
EPIC, Coalition Urge FCC to End Call Record Data Retention
EPIC and a coalition of leading consumer rights, human rights, and civil liberties organizations, along with members of the EPIC Advisory Board, have petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to end the FCC's rule requiring mass retention of phone records.
EPIC Files FTC Complaint Against Uber about Plan to Track Users and Gather Contact List Data
EPIC has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, charging that Uber's plan to track users and gather contact details is an unlawful and deceptive trade practice. Previous EPIC complaints at the FTC have typically led to investigations and then to settlements following a change in business practices.
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Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions
EPIC's new book, Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions is an essential reference for policy makers and researchers, journalists and scholars, and others looking for answers to one of the biggest challenges of our modern day. The premise is clear: there’s a problem - let's find a solution.
Tim Cook Backs Privacy, Crypto, Freedom at EPIC Awards Dinner
Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an impassioned speech at the 2015 EPIC Champions of Freedom Award dinner. Cook said the erosion of privacy represents a threat to the American way of life. Tim Cook is the first business leader to receive the Award from EPIC. (Photo by Jenifer Morris).
In a stunning decision, the European Court of Justice today ruled that the transatlantic "Safe Harbor" data pact is invalid. Consumer organizations and civil liberties groups in Europe and the United States applauded the outcome. Safe Harbor had been widely criticized for failing to provide adequate data protection for users of Internet-based services. The European Parliament earlier recommended against renewal of Safe Harbor. Max Schrems, the Austrian law student who brought the case, praised the judgement and said the "solution will very likely require severe changes in US law" not "just an update to the current 'safe harbor' system." @maxschrems @EUCourtPress
The Solicitor General will argue in support of consumer privacy in Spokeo v. Robins, a critical case now before the US Supreme Court about the future of federal privacy law. EPIC, and leading technical experts and legal scholars, also filed a brief in support of consumer privacy laws, highlighting the rise of data breaches and identify theft. EPIC urged the Court not to "limit the ability of individuals to seek redress for violations of privacy rights set out by Congress." The Court will hear arguments in Spokeo on November 2, 2015.
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EPIC in the News
Experian hack raises doubts about security of credit database, advocates say
October 8, 2015
Khaliah Barnes, EPIC Associate Director
Fanny Hidvegi, EPIC International Law Fellow
Hilton Mark Center
October 13, 2015 - October 14, 2015
Marc Rotenberg, EPIC President
Berlin House of Representatives
October 14, 2015
Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: Do courts have jurisdiction to review cases brought by individuals based on violations of their federal privacy rights?
EPIC's State Policy project, launched in the Spring of 2015, aims to track legislation across the country to identify trends and emerging issues impacting privacy and civil liberties.
EPIC recently launched a project on algorithmic transparency, urging companies to show us the code that makes judgements about us.
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