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    EPIC v. FAA

    EPIC sued the Federal Aviation Administration for failing to establish privacy rules for commercial drones as mandated by Congress.

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    EPIC 2015

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2015, EPIC has important work to do on algorithmic transparency, student privacy, and government surveillace, among many other issues. Please donate to EPIC today to help us continue this important work.

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    EPIC Launches 2015 FOIA Gallery

    EPIC has created a gallery of EPIC's five most significant FOIA document sets from 2015. In the past year, EPIC-obtained documents shed new light on surveillance blimps, warrantless wiretapping, and license plate readers.

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  • Minority Report

    EPIC v. DHS. Not a Movie.

    EPIC is seeking documents about Homeland Security's plans for "pre-crime detection." Tom Cruise starred in a 2002 movie about "a special police unit that is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crime."

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  • Google Advisory Council Question

    The Right to be Forgotten

    Surprisingly, the Google Advisory Council has decided that the company is free to post in .COM harmful private information of Europeans even though similar information concerning those in the US would be removed.

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    Algorithmic Transparency: End Secret Profiling

    EPIC recently launched a project on algorithmic transparency, urging companies to show us the code that makes judgements about us.

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  • FOIA Rocks Website


    EPIC recently launched foia.rocks, a comprehensive resource celebrating the Freedom of Information Act.

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Top News

EPIC Sues FAA, Challenges Failure to Create Drone Privacy Safeguards

Today EPIC filed suit in the federal appeals court in Washington, DC arguing that the Federal Aviation Administration failed to establish privacy rules for commercial drones as mandated by Congress. Congress had required the FAA to develop a "comprehensive plan" for drone deployment. In 2012 EPIC and more than 100 organizations and experts also urged the federal agency to establish privacy protections prior to the deployment of commercial drones in the United States. The FAA denied the EPIC petition, claiming it "did not raise an immediate safety concern." Then last month the FAA announced a rulemaking on commercial drones and purposefully ignored privacy concerns, stating that privacy "issues are beyond the scope of this rule making."

U.S. Supreme Court Tosses Out North Carolina Lifetime GPS Tracking

Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a per curium opinion vacating the decision of the North Carolina Supreme Court in Grady v. North Carolina. Grady challenged a court order requiring a "satellite-based [GPS] monitoring program for the duration of his natural life." The North Carolina court ruled that this was not a Fourth Amendment search. However, the U.S. Supreme Court tossed that ruling aside, finding it contrary to recent decisions in United States v. Jones and Florida v. Jardines. EPIC filed an amicus brief in Jones, joined by many leading technical experts and legal scholars. The Court held in that case that continuous GPS tracking constituted a search.

Senate Committee Approves Modest Driver Privacy Bill

The Senate Commerce Committee voted unanimously to approve the Driver Privacy Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill limiting access to event data recorder or "black box" data. Under the Act, black box data could only be obtained with: (1) a court or administrative order; (2) consent of a car owner or lessee; (3) a federal transportation safety investigation if personal information is redacted; (4) emergency crash medical response; or (5) traffic safety research if personal information is redacted. The Senate Commerce Committee approved a stronger bill last year. EPIC previously recommended safeguards for black box data in USA Today and Costco Connect and then urged the Transportation Department to establish privacy rules for data access.

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European Court of Justice Hears Case Challenging "Safe Harbor" Agreement and NSA Spying »

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Wall Street Journal Reveals FTC Ignored Google's Anticompetitive Practices »

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Our Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: Uncovering Government Surveillance Reports

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Appellate Advocacy »

Riley v. California: Warrantless Search of a Cell Phone During an Arrest

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The Public Voice »

EPIC works to promote the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. Visit our partner site, thepublicvoice.org to learn more.

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EPIC recently launched a project on algorithmic transparency, urging companies to show us the code that makes judgements about us.