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Top News

Obama Orders Review of Hacking During 216 Election

President Obama's top homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco announced today that the Administration has asked the intelligence community to conduct a "full review" of cyber activity during the 2016 election. In 2016, EPIC urged candidates for office to focus on data protection, calling it "the most important, least well understood issue" of the 2016 election. EPIC also published a report on the importance of the secret ballot for democratic decision making. EPIC's Freedom of Information Act litigation uncovered flaws in online voting reported by the Department of Defense just prior to the 2012 election.


EPIC's "Toys That Spy" Complaint Spurs Congressional Investigation

Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) has sent letters to toy maker Genesis Toys and speech technology developer Nuance Communications requesting information on their data collection from young children. The investigation follows EPIC's complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission over "toys that spy" on children in violation of federal privacy laws. EPIC's complaint, joined by the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood, the Center for Digital Democracy, and Consumers Union, is part of coordinated, international efforts to ban these toys from the marketplace. Senator Markey and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), joined by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), introduced the Do Not Track Kids Act, comprehensive children's online privacy legislation that updates the law to protect children's personal information.


Watchdog Report Shows Wiretap Powers Ineffective

The Justice Department's Inspector General has released the latest report to Congress on government surveillance. The report includes a review of the FBI's data collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which was revised by the Freedom Act. According to the IG report, FBI agents "did not identify any major case developments that resulted from use of the records obtained in response to the [Section 215] orders." Similar findings were made by the PCLOB and the Senate Judiciary Committee: section 215 has not prevented terrorist acts. The Second Circuit ruled last year that the NSA's telephone record collection program exceeded the legal authority of Section 2015. EPIC recently obtained nonpublic IG reports through a FOIA lawsuit.


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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: Seeking unpublished reports from the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General.

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Appellate Advocacy »

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 State Policy Project »

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.

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Privacy Campaigns »

EPIC has launched "Data Protection 2016," a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election.