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EPIC Alert - Volume 8 (2001)

EPIC Alert 8.01 (January 17, 2001)

  1. Attorney General Nominee and Electronic Privacy
  2. Justice Department Releases New Manual on Computer Crime
  3. EPIC and Privacy International Launch PRIVACY.ORG
  4. New Canadian Privacy Law Goes Into Effect
  5. Internet NGOs Hold Meeting on Emerging Market Economies
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.02 (January 31, 2001)

  1. The Public Voice and the Digital Opportunity
  2. Groups Urge Court to Protect Free Speech in Copyright Case
  3. Federal Trade Commission Closes Investigation of DoubleClick
  4. EPIC Files Comments on Electronic Case Files
  5. Request Seeks Information on Use of Internet Filtering Data
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - P.E.A.C.E: A Novel
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.03 (February 14, 2001)

  1. The Privacy Coalition Launches New Initiative
  2. DCS1000: The Device Formerly Known as Carnivore
  3. EPIC Launches Public Interest Law Program
  4. Medical Industry Seeks Roll-Back of Privacy Regulations
  5. FTC Hosts Discussion on Cross-Border Legal Disputes
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Why Things Bite Back
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.04 (March 1, 2001)

  1. Federal Court Dismisses Message Board Libel Case
  2. EPIC Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Consumer Privacy
  3. Civil Society and At-Large Meetings at ICANN Melbourne
  4. Update: N2H2 Ends Relationship with Roper Starch
  5. NIST Seeks Comments on Advanced Encryption Standard
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - The Hacker Ethic
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.05 (March 20, 2001)

  1. EPIC Joins Court Challenge to Library Internet Censorship Law
  2. Privacy Coalition Sends Letter on Medical Privacy Regulations
  3. National FOI Day Activities Include Speaking on Panels, Testimony
  4. ICANN Meets in Australia
  5. International Workshop Examines Consumer Protection Guidelines
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - The Public Domain
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.06 (March 29, 2001)

  1. EU Privacy Leaders: Cybercrime Treaty May Violate Rights
  2. Future of Medical Privacy Regulations Uncertain
  3. Annenberg Releases Report on Kids Privacy Compliance
  4. Bush Administration Criticizes EU Privacy Rules
  5. Public Voice Submits Dot Force Report
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - The Internet, Law and Society
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.07 (April 18, 2001)

  1. Medical Privacy Regulations Go Forward
  2. High Court Urged Not to Review Censorship Ruling
  3. Group Explains and Examines Financial Privacy Notices
  4. ChoicePoint Sells Personal Data to FBI
  5. Study Examines Public Opinion on Privacy and FOI
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Digital Copyright
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.08 (May 2, 2001)

  1. Report: Lots of "Portable" Wiretaps; No Encryption Problems
  2. Order Served on News Site Raises Significant Issues
  3. EPIC Files FOIA Request on First 100 Days on Privacy
  4. Survey Shows Workplace Monitoring Continues to Rise
  5. Subscribe to the EPIC-Digest!
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EEPIC Bookstore - Body of Secrets
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.09 (May 17, 2001)

  1. European Union Considering Data Retention Requirements
  2. WA State Court Finds Compelling Interest in Protecting SSNs
  3. Court Decisions Uphold Financial Privacy Protections
  4. "Cyber Security" FOIA Exemption Likely to Resurface
  5. House Hearing Examines Public Perceptions of Privacy
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Filters & Freedom 2.0
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.10 (May 30, 2001)

  1. EU Echelon Committee Calls for Increased Use of Encryption
  2. CoE Cybercrime Treaty Still Lacks Balance
  3. FTC Refuses to Pursue Amazon's Privacy Policy Changes
  4. Supreme Court Ruling Implicates Free Speech and Privacy
  5. EPIC Testifies before Congress on SSN Privacy
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Not in Front of the Children
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.11 (June 15, 2001)

  1. Supreme Court Rules on Thermal Imaging Case
  2. Court of Appeals Asks: Is Computer Code Speech?
  3. ICANN Conducts Survey on Whois Policy
  4. Experts Discuss Internet Issues at National Press Club
  5. Groups Urge FTC to Pursue Privacy Protection
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Invasion of Privacy
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.12 (June 29, 2001)

  1. Privacy Rights Now: Take Action on Financial Privacy
  2. Report Examines Interactive TV and Privacy
  3. EPIC Testifies before Congress on Privacy and Technology
  4. Hague Convention Deadlocks, Future Unclear
  5. President Calls for Genetic Non-Discrimination Legislation
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Online Dispute Resolution
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.13 (July 18, 2001)

  1. Appeals Court Decision Protects Anonymous Online Speech
  2. Consumer and Privacy Groups Outline FTC Priorities
  3. HHS Clarifies Privacy Rule, May Change Minors' Rights
  4. EPIC Testifies before Congress on Internet Privacy
  5. Florida Court Blocks Access to Autopsy Photos
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Dmitri Sklyarov Reading List
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.14 (July 31, 2001)

  1. Privacy Groups File FTC Complaint about Windows XP
  2. Court Hears Arguments on Use of Secret Keystroke Monitor
  3. House Adopts Carnivore Reporting Requirements
  4. FBI Nominee Questioned on Computer Privacy Issues
  5. Groups Petition Agencies to Improve Financial Privacy
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Striking a Balance: ePrivacy in the Workplace
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.15 (August 17, 2001)

  1. Groups Update Microsoft XP and Passport Complaint
  2. EPIC Challenges Adequacy of FBI Search for Carnivore Documents
  3. Court Orders Report on Use of Secret Keystroke Monitor
  4. Judiciary Protects Privacy of Electronic Court Filings
  5. Tampa Narrowly Approves Face Recognition Spy Cameras
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - In Code: A Mathematical Journey
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.16 (September 6, 2001)

  1. Government Says Details of Keystroke Monitor are "Classified"
  2. EPIC Urges Federal Judiciary to End Workplace Monitoring
  3. Friday, September 7 - Day of Action Against Video Surveillance
  4. Subpoenaed Bookstores Defend Customer Privacy
  5. New Privacy Reports by PRI and Privacy Foundation
  6. Privacytown: Online Guide to Protecting Consumer Privacy
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Privacy Law Sourcebook 2001
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.17 (September 17, 2001)

[Special EPIC Alert]

Over the last several days our nation's leaders have confronted the greatest national crisis of our generation. It is a difficult time in Washington, as it is across the country.

We would like to bring to your attention words of courage and hope that have been spoken in Washington during the past week. Members of Congress from all parties, from across the country, and of all political views have expressed their support for preserving America's freedoms, for safeguarding America's ideals.

We know that when countries give up liberties, they make sacrifices, not trade-offs, and what is lost may never be recovered. In the days ahead, let us move forward together to safeguard that which is most precious -- a system of government, the rule of law, and the principle of freedom that seeks to protect the rights of each person and the security of us all.


Marc Rotenberg
Electronic Privacy Information Center

EPIC Alert 8.18 (September 24, 2001)

[Special EPIC Alert]

In the days following September 11, Congress moved quickly to show support for the President and granted him certain authority to pursue military matters on behalf of the country. Congress then worked to provide financial support for rebuilding after the tragedy. Then Congress acted to improve airline safety, ensure aid to the airline industry, and begin to restore American confidence in air travel.

Now it may be appropriate for Congress to take a breath before it tackles the subjects contained in the various bills that will be circulating on Capitol Hill this week. Unlike the earlier measures that responded to the immediate crisis, the topics under consideration this week -- immigration policy, criminal law, electronic surveillance, and intelligence gathering -- sweep broadly into other areas and run the risk, particularly at this point in time, of chipping away rights that safeguard all Americans.

In the area of electronic surveillance, Congress should proceed particularly carefully. There are now a mix of provisions that, if taken together, would allow more people in government to monitor more electronic communications of Americans for more reasons under a lower legal standard than is currently permitted under law. And this new statutory authority would be broadly exercised in cases completely unrelated to terrorism.

So, for example, the police could now use "Carnivore" to routinely capture clickstream data from Internet users -- including the web sites visited and the pages downloaded -- under the same low standards that currently permit government access to telephone numbers dialed. Another provision would significantly expand the use of electronic surveillance for computer crime investigations. Still another makes it easier to seize voicemail.

It may be appropriate for Congress to act on a few matters quickly -- improving border security and ensuring adequate resources for translation and interpretation -- but the vast majority of legislative recommendations now being faxed around Washington create sweeping surveillance authority without justification. The adoption now of any new law enforcement powers unrelated to the investigation and prevention of terrorist acts should be opposed.


Marc Rotenberg
Electronic Privacy Information Center

EPIC Alert 8.19 (September 25, 2001)

  1. Congress Urged to Carefully Consider Anti-Terrorism Proposals
  2. In Defense of Freedom Coalition Launches
  3. Judiciary Approves Limited Monitoring, Standards for Case Files
  4. International Developments on Cybercrime and Terrorism
  5. New Developments in Face Recognition Technology
  6. Microsoft Opens Passport to Competition and More Web Profiling
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Privacy & Human Rights 2001
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.20 (October 12, 2001)

  1. Senate Approves Broad Anti-Terrorism Legislation
  2. FTC Announces Privacy Agenda, Pledges More Enforcement
  3. California Passes Identity Theft Law
  4. San Francisco Refuses to Install Filters on Library Computers
  5. CFP2002: Call for Proposals - October 15, 2001
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act: An Annotated Guide
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.21 (October 24, 2001)

  1. Anti-Terrorism Legislation Nears Final Passage
  2. Groups Urge FTC to Take Action on Microsoft XP
  3. White House Supports "Cyber Security" FOIA Exception
  4. Policy Briefing: Security or Surveillance?
  5. Three Big Online Firms to Use Controversial Rating System
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - The Dream Machine
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.22 (November 13, 2001)

  1. International Coalition Urges EU to Safeguard Privacy
  2. Groups File Comments at FCC to Protect Telephone Privacy
  3. Consumer Privacy Figures Prominently at House Hearing
  4. Face Recognition Technology Under Scrutiny
  5. Feinstein Introduces Legislation, Will Hold Hearings on Biometrics
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - The Future of Ideas
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.23 (December 3, 2001)

  1. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Internet Censorship
  2. Amicus Brief Filed in Defense of Anonymous Speech
  3. Cybercrime Treaty Signed and Other International Developments
  4. Privacy Legislation Passes Congress
  5. Second Briefing Held in "Security or Surveillance?" Series
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - Filters & Freedom 2.0
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events

EPIC Alert 8.24 (December 18, 2001)

  1. Intelligence Funding Bill Contains Wiretap Provisions
  2. FOIA Suit Challenges Secrecy of Post-9/11 Detentions
  3. Congress Urged to Examine Microsoft Passport
  4. Computer Experts Question National ID Schemes
  5. TRAC Terrorism Enforcement Report Released
  6. EPIC Bill-Track: New Bills in Congress
  7. EPIC Bookstore - The Security of Freedom
  8. Upcoming Conferences and Events