The Pew Research Center has released a report on "What the Public Knows About Cybersecurity." According to the Pew survey, 75% of respondents could identify the strongest password out of four options. About half of the people who took the survey could identify a phishing attack; a similar number knew what ransomware is. Only 16% answered that "a group of computers that is networked together and used by hackers to steal information" is called a "botnet." EPIC maintains an Online Guide to Practical Privacy Tools and resources on Public Opinion and Privacy.
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 Urges Senate Commerce Committee to Back Algorithmic Transparency, Safeguards for Internet of Things
EPIC has sent a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee concerning "The Promises and Perils of Emerging Technologies for Cybersecurity." EPIC urged the Committee to support "Algorithmic Transparency," an essential strategy to make accountable automated decisions. EPIC also pointed out the "significant privacy and security risks" of the Internet of Things. EPIC has been at the forefront of policy work on the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence, opposing government use of "risk-based" profiling, and recommending safeguards for connected cars, "smart homes," consumer products, and "always on" devices.
Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) have introduced the "Security and Privacy in Your Car Act of 2017." The SPY Car Act would establish cybersecurity and privacy standards for new passenger vehicles, and establish a privacy rating system. A 2014 report from Senator Markey "detailed major gaps in how auto companies are securing connected features in cars against hackers." The bill would also prevent the use of driver data for marketing purposes without consent. In 2015 EPIC testified before Congress on the need for privacy and safety safeguards for connected vehicles. In 2016 EPIC filed an amicus brief in federal appeals court to protect consumers in cases involving connect vehicles.
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EPIC in the News
Committee reviews U.S. law enforcement’s use of facial recognition technology
March 22, 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.