EPIC has sent a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee for a hearing on "Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns." EPIC described its Freedom of Information Act cases against the FBI and the ODNI to obtain records about activities aimed at undermining democratic institutions. EPIC is also pursuing the release of any FISA orders for Trump Tower, as well as Donald Trump's tax returns. EPIC wrote the "need to understand Russian efforts to influence democratic elections cannot be overstated." EPIC President Marc Rotenberg summarized EPIC's FOIA efforts in an op-ed in The Hill earlier this week.
EPIC's 2017 Champions of Freedom Dinner
EPIC's 2017 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner will take place on June 5, 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. EPIC will honor Carrie Goldberg, Garry Kasparov, and Judge Patricia Wald.
EPIC Launches Democracy & Cybersecurity Campaign
The Electronic Privacy Information Center has launched a new project on Democracy and Cybersecurity. The purpose of the EPIC project is to address growing concerns about cyber attacks on democratic institutions.
EPIC files FOIA suit against FBI
EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation in federal district court in Washington, DC. The case is designated EPIC v. FBI. The complaint states "EPIC challenges the FBI's failure to make a timely decision concerning EPIC's request for expedited processing of the FOIA request for records about the Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential Election."
Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project focused on the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the US and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays exploring the central question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results will be presented by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018.
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.
Privacy Law and Society Casebook, Third Edition
The Third Edition of Privacy Law and Society by Anita Allen and Marc Rotenberg is the most comprehensive casebook on privacy law ever produced. It traces the development of modern privacy law, from the early tort cases to present day disputes over drone surveillance, facial recognition, and the Internet of Things.
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EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2017, 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 has renewed its Freedom of Information Act request for Donald Trump's tax returns after FBI Director Comey confirmed an FBI investigation into financial ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. The Senate Intelligence Committee is also investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the role of Trump advisors. Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn resigned after evidence emerged that he received more than $30,000 to celebrate the Russian propaganda outlet RT. As EPIC stated, "At no time in American history has a stronger claim been presented to the IRS for the public release of tax records." EPIC explained that the IRS has the authority to release tax records to correct "misstatements of fact." EPIC cited contradictory statements made by the President, advisers, and family members, including Jared Kusher, who stated "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia." The President later tweeted that he "has ZERO investments in Russia" and that he has "NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA-NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING."
EPIC has sent a letter to a House Judiciary committee concerning “the state of forensic science in the United States.” Citing the work of EPIC Advisory Board members Erin Murphy and Jennifer Mnookin EPIC said that oversight of forensic techniques, such as DNA and algorithms, is needed to ensure confidence in the criminal justice system. Last year, EPIC filed public records requests with six states to obtain the source code of DNA forensic software. EPIC has previously warned the US Supreme Court to carefully assess the reliability of investigative techniques. EPIC also argued a federal appeals case against DNA dragnet surveillance.
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The Future of Free Speech, Trolls, Anonymity and Fake News Online
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March 30, 2017
EPIC v. ODNI: Seeking release of the Complete ODNI Assessment of the Russian interference with 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
In re SuperValu: Whether Victims of Data Breaches Must Suffer Certainly Impending or Actual Concrete Harms (i.e., Damages) In Order to Sue
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EPIC has launched a new project on Democracy and Cybersecurity to address growing concerns about cyber attacks on democratic institutions.