The Department of Justice today submitted the complete Mueller Report to federal Judge Reggie B. Walton for review. The judge will now determine whether the federal agency properly withheld information EPIC sought in the open government case EPIC v. Department of Justice. The judge's review of the Mueller Report marks one of the most significant "in camera" reviews in the history of the Freedom of Information Act. Judge Walton will also examine a related memo obtained by EPIC to determine what additional material must be released to EPIC and the public. Judge Walton previously ordered the DOJ to turn over the full Mueller Report in EPIC's case, citing "the need for the American public to have faith in the judicial process." The court also rebuked Attorney General Barr and raised "grave concerns about the objectivity of the process that preceded the public release of the redacted version of the Mueller Report[.]" The book EPIC v. DOJ: The Mueller Report, which includes EPIC's original FOIA request and related materials, is available for purchase at the EPIC Bookstore. EPIC's case—the first in the nation for the disclosure of the Mueller Report—is EPIC v. DOJ, No. 19-810.
Court Rules for EPIC in Mueller Case.
A federal judge has agreed to conduct an independent assessment in EPIC's case for the release of the complete Mueller Report. Judge Walton called the Attorney General's conduct in the case EPIC v. DOJ "distorted" and "misleading." EPIC has published a book about the case EPIC v. Department of Justice: The Mueller Report", available for sale at the EPIC Bookstore.
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EPIC Launches Campaign For a Data Protection Agency
EPIC Advisory Board Member Professor Ari Waldman and EPIC Policy Director Caitriona Fitzgerald with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for introduction of Data Protection Act to establish a data protection agency in the United States.
EPIC Files Complaint with FTC about Employment Screening Firm HireVue
EPIC on AI
EPIC President Marc Rotenberg in Brussels at CPDP, describing EPIC's work on Artificial Intelligence.
EPIC's Jeramie Scott: Ban Face Surveillance
EPIC Senior Counsel Jeramie Scott on CBS News discussing the dangers of face surveillance.
EPIC Launches Campaign to Ban Face Surveillance
EPIC has launched a campaign to ban face surveillance. EPIC will publish information on face surveillance laws, reports, and protests worldwide.
Apple has launched a COVID-19 Screening Tool that provides information about the coronavirus, information about social distancing and current guidance on COVID-19 testing. Apple states "Apple is not collecting your answers from the screening tool. To help improve the site, Apple collects some information about how you use it. The information collected will not personally identify you." In a press statement, the CDC said the "tool provides CDC recommendations on next steps including guidance on social distancing and self-isolating, how to closely monitor symptoms, recommendations on testing, and when to contact a medical provider." In a comment on Twitter, Apple CEO Tim Cook said "the data is yours and your privacy is protected. Stay safe and healthy." In 2015, Tim Cook received the EPIC Champion of Freedom Award.
Today the Council of Europe published a Joint Statement on The Right to Data Protection in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The statement was published by Alessandra Pierucci, Chair of the Committee of Convention 108 and Jean-Philippe Walter, Data Protection Commissioner of the Council of Europe. The COE Statement advises that "States have to address the threat resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic in respect of democracy, rule of law and human rights, including the rights to privacy and data protection." The Council further states that even during a public health crisis, "human rights(such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights) cannot be suspended but only derogated or restricted by law, to the extent strictly required by the exigencies of the situation, while respecting the essence of the fundamental rights and freedoms." The COE notes that "anonymised data is not covered by data protection requirements. The use of aggregate location information . . . would thus not be prevented by data protection requirements." EPIC has worked closely with the Council of Europe on updates to the Council of Europe Privacy Convention, recommended US ratification of the Convention, and recently advised the COE on AI policy. The text of the COE Privacy Convention is contained in the EPIC Policy Law Sourcebook.
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COVID-19 Fuels Heated Fight Over CCPA Enforcement Timing
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EPIC v. DOJ: Seeking the final report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller concerning Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Department of Commerce v. New York: Whether the Department of Commerce and Census Bureau violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it added a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
EPIC provides expertise to shape strong privacy and open government laws at both the state and federal level.
EPIC recently launched a campaign to promote the creation of a Data Protection Agency in the U.S.
EPIC's Alan Butler on Location Privacy
Privacy Law Sourcebook 2020