EPIC Alert 22.03

======================================================================= E P I C A l e r t ======================================================================= Volume 22.03 February 16, 2015 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Published by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Washington, DC http://www.epic.org/alert/epic_alert_22.03.html "Defend Privacy. Support EPIC." http://epic.org/support ========================================================================= Table of Contents ========================================================================= [1] EPIC Defends Political Gatherings at Hotels in Supreme Court Brief [2] President Discusses Surveillance Reform, Bulk Collection Continues [3] Privacy Board Renews Call for President to End Bulk Collection [4] Senators Challenge Verizon's Secret Mobile Tracking Program [5] WH Report: Price Discrimination, Opaque Decisionmaking in 'Big Data' [6] News in Brief [7] EPIC in the News [8] EPIC Bookstore [9] Upcoming Conferences and Events ========================================================================= [1] EPIC Defends Political Gatherings at Hotels in Supreme Court Brief ========================================================================= EPIC has submitted a "friend of the court" brief to the US Supreme Court in the case Los Angeles v. Patel, a case concerning a city ordinance that requires hotels to retain and disclose guest information to police without a warrant. EPIC stated before the Supreme Court that the issue is "whether a city can authorize the police to routinely inspect hotel guest registries without any individualized suspicion or judicial supervision." "Hotel patrons have distinct privacy and free assembly interests in their personally identifiable information," EPIC wrote. Citing the famous civil rights case NAACP v. Alabama, EPIC described the long history of political and religious organizations gathering at US hotels. "Individuals have a constitutional right to gather at hotels for political and religious purposes without being subject to police inspection." EPIC said, adding that "guest registries should not be made routinely available to the police for inspection, and they should not be collected or retained for that purpose." Thirty-six legal scholars and technical experts, members of the EPIC Advisory Board, supported the EPIC brief. EPIC routinely provides amicus briefs to federal and state courts in cases that raise substantial privacy and civil liberties concerns. Since its founding, EPIC has filed more than 60 such amicus briefs. In the past Supreme Court term, the EPIC amicus brief was cited twice in Riley v. California, the case in which a unanimous Supreme Court determined that a warrant is required for a search of a cell phone following an arrest. EPIC: "Friend of the Court" Brief in LA v. Patel (Jan. 30, 2015) https://epic.org/amicus/patel/EPIC-Amicus-Brief.pdf EPIC: Los Angeles v. Patel https://www.epic.org/amicus/patel/ EPIC: Riley v. California http://epic.org/amicus/cell-phone/riley/ EPIC: Amicus Cases https://epic.org/amicus/ ======================================================================== [2] President Discusses Surveillance Reform, Bulk Collection Continues ======================================================================== The Obama Administration recently outlined new steps the Intelligence Community has taken on surveillance reforms. New privacy protections have been implemented for the bulk telephone "metadata" program. These protections include limiting the metadata for counterterrorism purposes only; requiring a reasonable, articulable suspicion that the "seed" phone number is associated with a foreign terrorist organization; and limiting the analysis of the telephone database to two hops from the seed number. New privacy protections were also implemented for foreign intelligence gathering. These protections include improved minimization procedures that are more restrictive on the use of US person identifiers, and better oversight of decisions regarding the retention of data that includes information on US persons. The Obama Administration also released a privacy framework for non-US persons and revised agency guidelines on bulk data collection. The new guidelines on bulk collection are part of the requirements of Presidential Policy Directive 28 - Signals Intelligence Activities. Directive 28 required new limitations on bulk signals intelligence gathering and the implementation of additional safeguards for personal information collected through signals intelligence. During the announcement of Presidential Policy Directive 28, the President committed to end the bulk collection of American's phone records. But the President has not ended the bulk collection program despite the absence of evidence that the program is effective. EPIC and a coalition of public interest organizations have called for the Obama Administration to end the bulk telephone metadata program on multiple occasions. "Every expert group that has reviewed the matter has found the program ineffective and most have concluded that the program exceeds current legal authority," EPIC noted. The White House: Update on Signals Intelligence Reform (Feb. 3, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/021315-wh-sigint-report.html Signals Intelligence Reform: 2015 Anniversary Report http://icontherecord.tumblr.com/ppd-28/2015/overview The White House: President's Speech on NSA reform (Jan. 17, 2014) http://epic.org/redirect/012814-obama-nsa-speech.html EPIC: Coalition Letter re: Telephone Metadata Collection (June 17, 2014) https://epic.org/privacy/Coalition-Ltr-to-End-NSA-Bulk-Collection.pdf EPIC: Coalition Letter re: ECJ Opinion on Metadata (Apr. 16, 2014) http://privacycoalition.org/Priv-Coal-to-WH-on-ECJ-Opinion.pdf ========================================================================= [3] Privacy Board Renews Call for President to End Bulk Collection ========================================================================= The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has released a report on the NSA's domestic and global surveillance programs. The Board stated that although "the [Obama] Administration can end the bulk telephone records program at any time, without congressional involvement," it has failed to end the domestic telephone collection program. The Privacy Board assessed the Administration's current progress on several recommendations the Board made in 2014. Of the 10 recommendations the Board assessed, none of them have been fully implemented and only a few have been implemented in part. In addition to failing to end the NSA's bulk telephone records program, the Board also stated that the Administration has failed to implement reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that would allow it to hear independent views and expand appellate review of the court's decisions. Further, the Administration has not publicly released the current minimization procedures for the CIA, FBI and NSA. The procedures would give insight into how the Intelligence Community mitigates the privacy risks associated with surveillance. After the existence of the telephone metadata program was revealed in June 2013, EPIC immediately sought to challenge the program. EPIC filed a petition with the US Supreme Court in July 2013, joined by dozens of legal scholars and former members of the Church Committee, arguing that the Section 215 program was unlawful. The US government responded to EPIC's challenge but the Court eventually declined to hear the case. EPIC and a broad coalition have also repeatedly urged the President end the NSA's bulk record collection program. EPIC is currently litigating several open government cases concerning the government's surveillance activities, including a case against the FBI for non-public Privacy Impact Assessments associated with the agency's domestic surveillance activities. PCLOB: Recommendations Assessment Report (Jan. 29, 2015) http://www.pclob.gov/library/Recommendations_Assessment-Report.pdf PCLOB: Telephone Metadata Report (Jan. 23, 2014) http://epic.org/redirect/012814-pclob-metadata-report.html PCLOB: Report on Foreign Surveillance Program (July 2, 2014) http://www.pclob.gov/library/702-Report.pdf EPIC: Coalition Letter re: Bulk Telephone Metadata (June 17, 2014) http://epic.org/privacy/Coalition-Ltr-to-End-NSA-Bulk-Collection.pdf EPIC: In re EPIC - NSA Telephone Records Surveillance https://epic.org/privacy/nsa/in-re-epic/ EPIC: EPIC v. FBI - Privacy Assessments http://epic.org/foia/fbi/pia.html ======================================================================== [4] Senators Challenge Verizon's Secret Mobile Tracking Program ========================================================================= In a January 29 letter to Verizon, Senators on the Commerce Committee challenged the company's practice of placing a "supercookie" on users' smartphones. "Cookies" are pieces of code that allow a website to record users' Internet activity, usually without users' knowledge or consent. Normally, users have the option to learn which cookies are embedded in their browsers and to delete the cookies they don't want. However, supercookies attach to other cookies in users' browsers, effectively hiding them. The Senators' letter follows the recent discovery that advertising company Turn was secretly tracking Verizon wireless customers, even after customers deleted Turn's cookies. The Senators asked Verizon to stop tracking users with undeletable cookies, writing, "The use of these so-called 'supercookies,' which smartphone users cannot delete, and their potential misuse and abuse by advertisers and third parties raise very serious privacy questions." "While we understand that Turn has suspended its utilization of Verizon's supercookies, such a practice, if true, would seemingly constitute a deliberate circumvention of customer choice and a violation of consumer privacy," the Senators stated, further asking Verizon to answer a number of questions about the company's awareness of Turn supercookies, including whether Verizon intends to continue the use of persistent mobile trackers. EPIC has urged the White House and the Federal Trade Commission to limit the use of persistent identifiers. In a letter to the FTC, EPIC described Facebook's use of persistent identifiers and urged the Commission to investigate Facebook's use of cookies. EPIC wrote, "In light of recent changes announced by Facebook that impact the privacy interests of almost two hundred million Facebook users in the United States, we would like to bring your attention to new privacy and security risks to American consumers, the secret use of persistent identifiers ("cookies") to track the Internet activity of users even after they have logged off of Facebook, and the company's failure to uphold representations it has made regarding its commitments to protect the privacy of its users." US Senate Commerce Committee: Letter to Verizon (Jan. 29, 2015) http://epic.org/redirect/021315-senate-supercookies.html EPIC: Comments to NITRD re: RFI (Oct. 17, 2014) http://epic.org/redirect/102914-epic-nitrd-comments.html EPIC: Consumer Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/consumer/ EPIC: Cookies https://epic.org/privacy/internet/cookies/default.html EPIC: Algorithmic Transparency https://epic.org/algorithmic-transparency/ EPIC: Federal Trade Commission https://epic.org/privacy/internet/ftc/ ========================================================================= [5] WH Report: Price Discrimination, Opaque Decisionmaking in 'Big Data' ========================================================================= The White House has released a new report, "Big Data and Differential Pricing," that examines new forms of discrimination resulting from big data analytics. The report highlights the risk of price discrimination against consumers, acknowledges the failure of self-regulatory efforts and calls for greater transparency and consumer control over personal information. According to the report, two major trends drive the use of big data analytics: widespread adoption of smartphones and their attendant apps, which collect vast amounts of data; and the growth of ad-supported businesses that have given rise to a secondary market in consumer data. This data influx, according to the report, allows companies to "try to predict how buyers will behave in response to different prices and pricing schemes." Further, this differential pricing "may facilitate discrimination against protected groups," and "could be conducive to fraud or scams that take advantage of unwary consumers." The White House report noted that self-regulatory efforts "have failed to produce consistent rules or widely adopted norms regarding consumer access to or control over the information used in personalized marketing." And although the report acknowledged the role of existing federal laws in protecting consumers, it concluded that commercial big data analytics "deserve[s] ongoing scrutiny, particularly where companies may be using sensitive information in ways that are not transparent to users and fall outside the boundaries of existing regulatory frameworks." In 2014, EPIC and a coalition of NGOs urged the President to establish privacy protections - including "algorithmic transparency," consumer control, and robust privacy techniques - to address big data risks. The White House: "Big Data and Differential Pricing" (Feb. 2015) http://epic.org/redirect/021315-wh-bigdata-report.html EPIC: Coalition letter to White House re: Big Data (Apr. 4, 2014) http://privacycoalition.org/Big.Data.Coalition.Ltr.pdf EPIC: Algorithmic Transparency https://epic.org/algorithmic-transparency/ EPIC: Big Data and the Future of Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/big-data/default.html EPIC: Privacy and Consumer Profiling https://epic.org/privacy/profiling/default.html ======================================================================== [6] News in Brief ======================================================================== UK Privacy Groups Prevail in GCHQ Spying Case A British court overseeing intelligence gathering has ruled that UK spy agency GCHQ violated international human rights law with the mass collection of cellphone and Internet data. In 2014, the same court ruled that data could lawfully be transferred between US and UK intelligence agencies. That earlier decision is on appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. In 2013, following the disclosure of the "Verizon Order," which authorized the NSA's routine collection of US telephone records, EPIC brought a petition to the US Supreme Court, arguing that the agency practice exceeded the "Section 215" authority. Dozens of legal scholars and former members of the Church Committee supported the EPIC petition. Investigatory Powers Tribunal: Case Against GCHQ (Feb. 6, 2015) http://www.ipt-uk.com/section.aspx?pageid=8 EPIC: Mandamus Petition Against NSA (Jul. 8, 2013) https://epic.org/EPIC-FISC-Mandamus-Petition.pdf EPIC: In re EPIC - NSA Telephone Records Surveillance https://epic.org/privacy/nsa/in-re-epic/ EPIC: "Friend of the Court" Brief in Support of EPIC (Aug. 9, 2013) http://www.law.indiana.edu/front/etc/section-215-amicus-8.pdf Syracuse U.: Brief from L. Donohue, E. Chemerinsky et al. (Aug. 2013) http://insct.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/EPIC-Amicus-Brief.pdf Anthem breach Shows Risks of 'Big Data' One of the largest health insurers in the country has lost millions of medical records of American consumers. The most recent breach of sensitive medical information shows the dangers of "Big Data" and the mistaken conclusion of the report of the Presidents Science Advisors, which simply assumed the benefits of data collection. EPIC has urged the FTC to establish data minimization procedures for companies limit the risks of data breaches. PCAST: Report on Big Data and Privacy (May 14, 2014) http://epic.org/redirect/051614-pcast-big-data.html EPIC: Comments to FTC on "Internet of Things" (Jun. 1, 2013) https://epic.org/privacy/ftc/EPIC-FTC-IoT-Cmts.pdf EPIC: Big Data and the Future of Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/big-data/ EPIC: Algorithmic Transparency: End Secret Profiling https://epic.org/algorithmic-transparency/ Consumer Groups Urge FTC Review of Data Consolidation A coalition of consumer groups has asked the Federal Trade Commission to undertake a comprehensive review of the impact on the American public of the growing consolidation of consumer data in the digital marketing industry. The groups asked the FTC to launch an investigation and hold a public workshop on protecting privacy in online transactions. EPIC has repeatedly urged the FTC to undertake a similar review. In 2007, EPIC opposed Google's acquisition of Internet advertising firm DoubleClick, citing the risks of growing consolidation of user data. In 2000, EPIC also opposed DoubleClick's acquisition of Abacus, a large catalog database firm. Privacy officials outside the US have begun to scrutinize these deals more closely. CDD: Press Release re: Letter to FTC (Feb. 6, 2015) http://epic.org/redirect/021315-cdd-ftc-letter.html EPIC: Google/DoubleClick Merger https://epic.org/privacy/ftc/google/ EPIC: Press Release re: DoubleClick/Abacus Merger (Feb. 2000) https://epic.org/privacy/internet/ftc/DCLK_comp_pr.html Wall Street Journal: "Europe Targets U.S. Web Firms" (Nov. 27, 2014) http://www.wsj.com/articles/french-german-officials-call-for-fresh- look-at-internet-giants-1417110508 Lawmakers Renew FOIA Reform Efforts After narrowly failing to pass FOIA legislation in 2014, US House and Senate lawmakers have introduced the FOIA Improvement Act of 2015. The bill requires federal agencies to operate under a "presumption of openness" and aims to reduce the overuse of exemptions to withhold information from the public. Senators called for swift passage of the bipartisan legislation promoting transparency. In October 2014, EPIC and a coalition of open-government advocates urged the President to pursue many of the reforms contained in the proposed legislation. US House: Text of FOIA Act of 2015 (Feb. 2015) http://epic.org/redirect/021315-house-2015-foia.html US Senate: Text of FOIA Improvement Act of 2015 (Feb. 2015) http://www.leahy.senate.gov/download/alb15124 Sen. Leahy (D-VT): Press Release on FOIA Improvement Act (Feb. 2, 2015) http://epic.org/redirect/021315-leahy-foia-release.html Citizens for Ethics: Coalition Letter re: FOIA Reform (Oct. 23, 2014) http://epic.org/redirect/021315-citizens-foia-letter.html EPIC: Open Government https://epic.org/foia/ EPIC: FOIA.ROCKS FOIA.ROCKS With New Policy Changes, Facebook Tracks Users Across the Web Over the objections of consumer privacy organizations, Facebook has implemented policy changes that allow the company to track users across the web without consent. The Dutch data protection commissioner launched an investigation after the original announcement. A German privacy agency has announced a similar investigation. In 2014, EPIC and a coalition of consumer privacy groups urged the FTC to halt Facebook's plan to collect users' web-browsing information. Facebook is already under a 20-year consent decree for changing users' privacy settings. The consent decree resulted from complaints brought by EPIC and others in 2009 and 2010. Facebook: Privacy Update (Jan. 2015) https://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/update/ New York Times: "Dutch Regulator Investigates Facebook's Privacy Policy" (Dec. 16, 2014) http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/16/dutch-regulator- investigates-facebooks-privacy-policy/?_r=0 Bloomberg Business: "Facebook's Privacy Policy Reviewed by Hamburg Data Regulator" (Jan. 26, 2015) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-01-28/facebook-s- privacy-policy-reviewed-by-hamburg-data-regulator-i5gttxog TACD: Letter to Congress (Jul. 29, 2014) http://epic.org/redirect/073014/tacd-facebook-letter.html Facebook: "Making Ads Better And Giving You More Control" (2014) https://www.facebook.com/help/585318558251813?ref=notif¬if_t=oba FTC: Proposed Settlement against Facebook (Nov. 29, 2011) http://ftc.gov/os/caselist/0923184/111129facebookagree.pdf EPIC: In re Facebook (Dec. 17, 2009) https://epic.org/privacy/inrefacebook/EPIC-FacebookComplaint.pdf EPIC: In re Facebook II (May 5, 2010) https://epic.org/privacy/facebook/EPIC_FTC_FB_Complaint.pdf EPIC: Facebook Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/facebook/ National Security Agency Violates Defense Department Privacy Rules The US Defense Department has issued a regulation for all Privacy Programs within the agency, including the National Security Agency's. EPIC had urged the Department to require the NSA to comply with the Privacy Act, which permits individuals to know about government databases and to inspect their records held by federal agencies. The DoD responded that the NSA complies with the Privacy Act. However, the NSA fails to describe the databases it maintains, which contain telephone numbers, email addresses, and social media information of US citizens, all in violation of the Privacy Act. Federal Register: Regulation on DoD Privacy Programs (Jan. 27, 2015) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-27/pdf/2015-01262.pdf EPIC et al.: Comments to DoD re: NSA and Privacy Act (Oct. 21, 2013) https://epic.org/privacy/nsa/Coal-DoD-Priv-Program-Cmts.pdf US DoD: SORNs on NSA and Privacy http://epic.org/redirect/021315-dod-nsa-sorns.html EPIC: The Privacy Act of 1974 https://epic.org/privacy/1974act/ Fed Judge Resigns over Forensic Evidence Oversight, DOJ Reverses Course The US Department of Justice has reversed a decision to limit oversight of scientific evidence after a federal judge threatened to resign in protest. The National Commission on Forensic Science, established by the DOJ, was charged with improving the reliability of forensic science but the Justice Department appeared ready to make a recommendation contrary to the Commission's purpose. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has urged better oversight of forensic evidence in the criminal justice system. EPIC also asked the US Supreme Court in a "friend of the court" brief in Florida v. Harris to look more closely at investigative techniques that help establish probable cause. EPIC argued that courts should ensure that techniques are adequately tested to ensure results' accuracy and validity. The dispute over the recommendations of the National Commission on Forensic Science reflect a similar concern. Washington Post: "Judge Rakoff returns to forensic panel after Justice Department backs off decision" (Jan. 30, 2015) http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/in-reversal-doj-lets- forensic-panel-suggest-trial-rule-changes-after-us-judge-protests/ 2015/01/30/2f031d9e-a89c-11e4-a2b2-776095f393b2_story.html National Commission on Forensic Science http://www.justice.gov/ncfs Sen. Leahy (D-VT): Press Release on Forensics Reform (Mar. 28, 2014) http://epic.org/redirect/021315-leahy-forensics-reform.html EPIC: "Friend of the Court" Brief in Florida v. Harris (Aug. 31, 2012) https://epic.org/amicus/harris/EPIC-Amicus-Brief.pdf EPIC: Florida v. Harris https://epic.org/amicus/harris/ ======================================================================== [7] EPIC in the News ======================================================================== "US JLENS Defence System Worries Americans, Raises Privacy Concerns." International Business Times (AU Edition), Feb. 12, 2015. http://au.ibtimes.com/us-jlens-defence-system-worries-americans- raises-privacy-concerns-1420636 "Sleuthing Search Engine: Even Better Than Google?" The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 11, 2015. http://www.wsj.com/articles/sleuthing-search-engine-even-better- than-google-1423703464 "Federal judge dismisses challenge to NSA warrantless surveillance." Jurist, Feb. 11, 2015. http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/02/federal-judge-dismisses- challenge-to-nsa-warrantless-surveillance.php "Big US defense blimp stirs privacy jitters." Phys.org, Feb. 11, 2015. http://phys.org/news/2015-02-big-defense-blimp-privacy-jitters.html "Will you be a victim of digital pickpockets?" Daily Mail (UK), Feb. 10, 2015. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2948212/Will-victim- digital-pickpockets-Hacker-reveals-easy-steal-credit-card-numbers- air-SECONDS.html#ixzz3RXDJ4Mce "Samsung TVs really listen to consumers." CBS 10 News, Sarasota, FL, Feb. 9, 2015. http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/weird/2015/02/09/samsung-tvs-really- listen-to-consumers/23135959/ "Uncovering Security Flaws in Digital Education Products for Schoolchildren." The New York Times, Feb 8, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/09/technology/uncovering-security- flaws-in-digital-education-products-for-schoolchildren.html?_r=0 "Is SmartTV getting too smart?" CBS News, Feb. 8, 2015. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-smarttv-getting-too-smart/ "Right to Be Forgotten on Web Applies Only Within EU, Panel Asserts." eWeek, Feb. 7, 2015. http://www.eweek.com/security/right-to-be-forgotten-on-web-applies- only-within-eu-panel-asserts.html#sthash.kfbXhsec.dpuf "UK tribunal: mass Internet surveillance unlawful." Jurist, Feb. 6, 2015. http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/02/uk-tribunal-mass-internet- surveillance-unlawful.php "Google panel backs EU Right to be Forgotten, others push for .com." The Inquirer, Feb. 6, 2015. http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2394136/google-panel- backs-euro-online-right-to-be-forgotten-others-push-for-com "Government Uses Terrorism Laws to Investigate Seed Thefts." The New York Times, Feb. 4, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/02/04/us/ap-us-trade-secrets- surveillance-.html?_r=0 "Google to rewrite privacy policy in response to UK pressure." Jurist, Jan. 30, 2015. http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/01/google-to-rewrite-privacy- policy-in-response-to-uk-pressure.php "U.S. Government Takes Unprecedented Action Against Revenge Porn." The Huffington Post, Jan. 29, 2015. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/29/revenge-porn_n_6572836.html "Happy Data Privacy Day. Legally speaking, you're mostly on your own." The Washington Post, Jan. 28, 2015. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/01/28/ happy-data-privacy-day-legally-speaking-youre-mostly-on-your-own/ "FTC Seeks to Restrict Internet of Things Data." The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 27, 2015. http://www.wsj.com/articles/ftc-seeks-to-restrict-internet-of- things-data-1422415942 For More EPIC in the News: http://epic.org/news/epic_in_news.html =================================== [8] EPIC Bookstore =================================== "Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions," edited by Marc Rotenberg, Julia Horwitz and Jeramie Scott. The New Press (May 2015). Price: $25.95. http://epic.org/buy-privacy-modern-age The threats to privacy are well known: The National Security Agency tracks our phone calls; Google records where we go online and how we set our thermostats; Facebook changes our privacy settings when it wishes; Target gets hacked and loses control of our credit card information; our medical records are available for sale to strangers; our children are fingerprinted and their every test score saved for posterity; and small robots patrol our schoolyards while drones may soon fill our skies. The contributors to this anthology don't simply describe these problems or warn about the loss of privacy—they propose solutions. They look closely at business practices, public policy, and technology design and ask, "Should this continue? Is there a better approach?" They take seriously the dictum of Thomas Edison: "What one creates with his hand, he should control with his head." It's a new approach to the privacy debate, one that assumes privacy is worth protecting, that there are solutions to be found, and that the future is not yet known. This volume will be 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. Contributors include: Steven Aftergood, Ross Anderson, Christine L. Borgman (coauthored with Kent Wada and James F. Davis), Ryan Calo, Danielle Citron, Simon Davies, A. Michael Froomkin, Deborah Hurley, Kristina Irion, Jeff Jonas, Harry Lewis, Anna Lysyanskaya, Gary T. Marx, Aleecia M. McDonald, Dr. Pablo G. Molina, Peter G. Neumann, Helen Nissenbaum, Frank Pasquale, Dr. Deborah Peel, MD, Stephanie E. Perrin, Marc Rotenberg, Pamela Samuelson, Bruce Schneier, and Christopher Wolf. ================================== "Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws 2010," edited by Harry A. Hammitt, Marc Rotenberg, John A. Verdi, Ginger McCall, and Mark S. Zaid (EPIC 2010). Price: $75. http://epic.org/bookstore/foia2010/ Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws is the most comprehensive, authoritative discussion of the federal open access laws. This updated version includes new material regarding President Obama's 2009 memo on Open Government, Attorney General Holder's March 2009 memo on FOIA Guidance, and the new executive order on declassification. The standard reference work includes in-depth analysis of litigation under: the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and the Government in the Sunshine Act. The fully updated 2010 volume is the 25th edition of the manual that lawyers, journalists and researchers have relied on for more than 25 years. ================================ "Information Privacy Law: Cases and Materials, Second Edition" Daniel J. Solove, Marc Rotenberg, and Paul Schwartz. (Aspen 2005). Price: $98. http://www.epic.org/redirect/aspen_ipl_casebook.html This clear, comprehensive introduction to the field of information privacy law allows instructors to enliven their teaching of fundamental concepts by addressing both enduring and emerging controversies. The Second Edition addresses numerous rapidly developing areas of privacy law, including: identity theft, government data mining and electronic surveillance law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, intelligence sharing, RFID tags, GPS, spyware, web bugs, and more. Information Privacy Law, Second Edition, builds a cohesive foundation for an exciting course in this rapidly evolving area of law. ================================ "Privacy & Human Rights 2006: An International Survey of Privacy Laws and Developments" (EPIC 2007). Price: $75. http://www.epic.org/phr06/ This annual report by EPIC and Privacy International provides an overview of key privacy topics and reviews the state of privacy in over 75 countries around the world. The report outlines legal protections, new challenges, and important issues and events relating to privacy. Privacy & Human Rights 2006 is the most comprehensive report on privacy and data protection ever published. ================================ "The Public Voice WSIS Sourcebook: Perspectives on the World Summit on the Information Society" (EPIC 2004). Price: $40. http://www.epic.org/bookstore/pvsourcebook This resource promotes a dialogue on the issues, the outcomes, and the process of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). This reference guide provides the official UN documents, regional and issue-oriented perspectives, and recommendations and proposals for future action, as well as a useful list of resources and contacts for individuals and organizations that wish to become more involved in the WSIS process. ================================ "The Privacy Law Sourcebook 2004: United States Law, International Law, and Recent Developments," Marc Rotenberg, editor (EPIC 2005). Price: $40. http://www.epic.org/bookstore/pls2004/ The Privacy Law Sourcebook, which has been called the "Physician's Desk Reference" of the privacy world, is the leading resource for students, attorneys, researchers, and journalists interested in pursuing privacy law in the United States and around the world. It includes the full texts of major privacy laws and directives such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Privacy Act, and the OECD Privacy Guidelines, as well as an up-to-date section on recent developments. New materials include the APEC Privacy Framework, the Video Voyeurism Prevention Act, and the CAN-SPAM Act. ================================ "Filters and Freedom 2.0: Free Speech Perspectives on Internet Content Controls" (EPIC 2001). Price: $20. http://www.epic.org/bookstore/filters2.0 A collection of essays, studies, and critiques of Internet content filtering. These papers are instrumental in explaining why filtering threatens free expression. ================================ EPIC publications and other books on privacy, open government, free expression, and constitutional values can be ordered at: EPIC Bookstore: http://www.epic.org/bookstore ================================ EPIC also publishes EPIC FOIA Notes, which provides brief summaries of interesting documents obtained from government agencies under the Freedom of Information Act. Subscribe to EPIC FOIA Notes at: http://mailman.epic.org/mailman/listinfo/foia_notes ======================================================================= [9] Upcoming Conferences and Events ======================================================================= "White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection." Speakers Include EPIC President Marc Rotenberg. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA: Feb. 13, 2015. For More Information: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/foreign-policy/cybersecurity/summit. USCIB Presents: "Promoting Inclusive Growth in the Digital Economy: The OECD Evidence and Practice Base." Speaker: EPIC President Marc Rotenberg. Washington, DC, March 10, 2014. For More Information: http://www.uscib.org/docs/Draft_Agenda_2015.pdf. "Connected Cars: Consumer Benefits and Challenges." Speaker: EPIC Administrative Law Counsel Khaliah Barnes. Washington, DC: Consumer Assembly 2015 Consumer Federation of America, March 12, 2015. For More Information: https://www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID= CONS164E&OID=50. "Data Privacy: Can Innovation and Privacy Coexist"/"'Designing Principles for a Trusted Environment." Speaker: Director, EPIC Student Privacy Project Khaliah Barnes. Austin, TX: SXSWedu, Mar. 9-11, 2015. 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