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    Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions

    EPIC's new book, Privacy in t he 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.

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    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

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    EPIC v. FAA

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    EPIC 2015

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    Algorithmic Transparency: Open the Code

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Top News

"Eyes Over Washington:" EPIC Obtains Documents about Army Blimps in DC

As the result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, EPIC has obtained several thousand pages about the blimps deployed by the Army, just north of the nation's capital. The records document the use of "JLENS," as well as the Army's relationship with the contractor Raytheon, which has proposed a video surveillance capability. The Army has disputed the claim that JLENS has surveillance capability. EPIC has recently filed suit against the FAA for failure to establish privacy rules for commercial drones in the US.

House Reconsiders Data Breach Bill

Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee have convened to rework the Data Security and Breach Notification Act. The Act, introduced by Reps. Blackburn and Welch, would require businesses to notify consumers of a data breach "unless there is no reasonable risk of identity theft or financial harm." The bill would also preempt stronger state laws, and would strip the FCC of its authority to protect consumer privacy. Rep. Frank Pallone and others have raised concerns. EPIC previously urged Congress to adopt baseline federal law that would allow states to develop innovative legislative responses to privacy risks.

Gunter Grass Dies at 87, Nobel Novel Basis of US Privacy Case

Famed German novelist and social critic Gunter Grass passed at age 87. Grass's first novel, The Tin Drum, was adapted for film and won the 1979 Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Grass later received the Nobel Prize in literature. The Tin Drum was also the center of a dispute concerning the privacy of video rental records. Following a complaint that the film constituted "child porn" in violation of Oklahoma law, the police sought the names of all the people who had rented the Oscar winning film. Citing the Video Privacy Protection Act, a federal court ruled the search illegal and awarded damages.

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EPIC v. DOJ: Uncovering Government Surveillance Reports

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