Several members of the EPIC Advisory Board, leading experts in security technology, have warned that a government plan to weaken encryption threatens the nation's critical infrastructure and puts at risk confidential personal information. Recalling a similar report from 1997, the researchers concluded that "the damage that could be caused by law enforcement exceptional access requirements would be even greater today than it would have been 20 years ago. Recent reports from the US courts, available from EPIC, show that encryption has not been an obstacle to law enforcement investigations. A 1994 Internet petition led to the demise of "Clipper," the original government plan for escrowed encryption.
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.
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.
EPIC 2015 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner
Marc Rotenberg, Susan Linn, and Bruce Schneier. 2015 EPIC Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. Washington, DC (Credit: Jennifer Morris)
Senator Markey Speaks at EPIC Book Event
Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) recently appeared at an EPIC book event to support the release of EPIC's new anthology, "Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions" and Bruce Schneier's "Data and Goliath." Senator Markey discussed his efforts to establish new safeguards for student privacy and to limit drone surveillance.
Senate Passes FREEDOM Act, Ends NSA Bulk Collection
The USA Freedom Act, signed into law this week, ends the NSA bulk collection of domestic telephone records and establishes new transparency and accountability rules for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In 2013, EPIC filed a petition in the Supreme Court, In re EPIC, arguing that the NSA program was unlawful. In 2014, EPIC and a broad coalition urged the President to end the NSA surveillance program.
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).
The Department of Justice has told federal agencies to continue processing FOIA requests after EPIC and many FOIA groups objected to the practice of "administrate closures." The Department advised agencies to limit administrative closures of FOIA requests and to provide "reasonable grounds" for ending processing. The Department also said agencies should provide requesters at least 30 days to respond to a proposal to end processing of a FOIA request. In 2014 EPIC and a dozen open government organizations stated that "no provision in the [FOIA] allows for administrative closures . . ."
The President of the UN Human Rights Council has selected Mr. Joseph Cannataci to serve as the first UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy. Cannataci is chair of European Information Policy and Technology Law at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. He has served as an expert for panels on privacy, data protection, the Internet and cyber crime for the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and UNESCO. EPIC President Marc Rotenberg, a candidate for the post, expressed support for the selection. “The Human Rights Council has made a good decision. Mr. Cannataci is well qualified for this position. We look forward to working with him on this critical mandate.”
States Adopt Privacy Laws for Student Data, Breach Notification, License Plate Readers, and Drones »
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EPIC Challenges Secrecy about Government Profiling Program
July 7, 2015
City of Los Angeles v. Patel: Does a warrantless search of hotel guest registries violate the 4th Amendment?
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.