House Passes Faux Privacy Bill

The House of Representatives has passed the Judicial Redress Act of 2015, which—contrary to its stated purpose—fails to extend Privacy Act protections to non-U.S. citizens. In a letter to Congress, EPIC explained that the bill does not provide adequate protection to permit transborder data flows and recommended changes to ensure protections for all personal information collected by U.S. federal agencies. Congress moved to advance the bill after announcement of the recently concluded but secret EU-US "Umbrella Agreement". EPIC submitted a Freedom of Information request for the Umbrella agreement, and recently filed an administrative appeal challenging the agency's denial of expedited processing.


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