EPIC Alert 22.07

======================================================================= E P I C A l e r t ======================================================================= Volume 22.07 April 15, 2015 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Published by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Washington, DC http://www.epic.org/alert/epic_alert_22.07.html "Defend Privacy. Support EPIC." http://epic.org/support ========================================================================= Table of Contents ========================================================================= [1] EPIC Sues FAA, Challenges Failure to Create Drone Privacy Safeguards [2] Court Awards EPIC Attorneys' Fees in FOIA Case Against NSA [3] EPIC Obtains E-Voting Documents, Security Questions Remain [4] EPIC Continues Pursuit of Network Shutdown Policy [5] Department of Justice Adopts Improved FOIA Rule [6] News in Brief [7] EPIC in the News [8] EPIC Bookstore [9] Upcoming Conferences and Events JOIN EPIC for the launch of EPIC's new book, "Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions" htttp://www.epic.org/privacy-book/ Book Tour Dates: - Annapolis Book Festival and C-Span Book TV, Annapolis MD (April 25) - Harvard University, Cambridge MA (May 6) - National Constitution Center, Philadelphia PA (May 26) - Washington, DC (June 2) SAVE THE DATE: EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner June 1, 2015, Washington, DC https://epic.org/june1/ ========================================================================= [1] EPIC Sues FAA, Challenges Failure to Create Drone Privacy Safeguards ========================================================================= EPIC has filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration in a Washington, DC, federal appeals court, arguing that the agency failed to establish mandated privacy rules for commercial drones. EPIC petitioned the court to "hold unlawful the FAA's withholding of proposed drone privacy rules, which Congress required the agency to issue under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012." The Act requires the FAA to develop a "comprehensive plan" for the integration of drones into the National Airspace and states that "issues, such as privacy and national security, need to be taken into consideration as [drones] are integrated into the [National Airspace]." In February 2012, EPIC and more than 100 organizations and experts urged the FAA to establish privacy protections prior to the deployment of commercial drones in the US. In 2013, EPIC submitted comments to the agency, pressing it to mandate minimum privacy standards for drone operators at FAA-designated drone test sites. The FAA denied the EPIC petition in 2014, claiming that privacy "did not raise an immediate safety concern." In February 2015, the FAA announced a public rulemaking for the integration of small commercial drones into the national airspace. The rules will establish safety procedures but not address privacy issues. The agency stated that privacy "issues are beyond the scope of this rule making." During that same week, the President issued a new Presidential Memorandum requiring all federal agencies to adopt privacy rules for drone use. The order incorporates EPIC's recommendations in testimony to Congress and in comments to federal agencies. The Memorandum does not, however, require enforceable privacy rules for the private sector's commercial use of drones. EPIC: EPIC v. FAA - Petition for Review (Mar. 31, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/041515-epic-drone-petition.html FAA: Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CRPT-112hrpt381/pdf/CRPT-112hrpt381.pdf FAA: Comprehensive Drone Plan (Sept. 2013) https://epic.org/redirect/041515-faa-drone-plan.html EPIC et al.: Petition to FAA re: Drones (Feb. 24, 2012) https://epic.org/privacy/drones/FAA-553e-Petition-03-08-12.pdf FAA: Denial of EPIC Petition to FAA (Nov. 26, 2014) https://epic.org/privacy/drones/FAA-Privacy-Rulemaking-Letter.pdf EPIC: Comments to FAA re: Drone Test Sites (Apr. 23, 2013) https://epic.org/privacy/drones/EPIC-Drones-Comments-2013.pdf FAA: Proposed Rules for Small Commercial Drones (Feb. 23, 2015) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-02-23/pdf/2015-03544.pdf The White House: Presidential Memorandum re: Domestic Drones (Feb. 15, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/041515-white-house-drone-memo.html EPIC: Domestic Drones https://epic.org/privacy/drones/ ======================================================================== [2] Court Awards EPIC Attorneys' Fees in FOIA Case Against NSA ======================================================================== A federal court has ordered the NSA to pay EPIC attorneys' fees in a lawsuit that led to the release of a presidential cybersecurity directive. After EPIC successfully obtained the document, NSPD-54, after five years of litigation, the agency opposed EPIC's request for attorneys' fees in the case. The district court has now ruled that the NSA's refusal to disclose the document was "incorrect as a matter of law," that EPIC had "substantially prevailed," and awarded EPIC more than $31,000 in fees. In January 2008, President George W. Bush issued National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD)-54, which grants the NSA broad authority over the security of American computer networks. The previously classified document reveals the underlying legal authority for sweeping changes to federal cybersecurity since 2008. In June 2009, following President Obama's proposed review of government cybersecurity activities, EPIC sought from the NSA the full text of NSPD-54, the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative and all related privacy policies. In August 2009, the agency produced two previously released privacy policies, but requested more time to search for the other records. The NSA finally informed EPIC that it was withholding NSPD-54 in its entirety, arguing that the Directive was exempt from the FOIA as a privileged presidential communication. EPIC subsequently filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. In June 2014, after nearly five years of litigation, including an appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, the NSA finally released the document to EPIC. In November 2014, an EPIC FOIA lawsuit led to the disclosure of hundreds of pages about "Next Generation Identification," a vast FBI database program with fingerprints, DNA profiles, iris scans, palm prints, voice identification profiles and photographs, on millions of Americans suspected of no crime. The court awarded EPIC attorneys' fees, finding that "there can be little dispute that the general public has a genuine, tangible interest in a system designed to store and manipulate significant quantities of its own biometric data." US District Court: Opinion in EPIC v. NSA (Apr. 8, 2015) https://www.epic.org/foia/nsa/nspd-54/51-Fees-Opinion.pdf EPIC: EPIC v. NSA-NSPD 54 Appeal https://www.epic.org/foia/nsa/nspd-54/appeal/ EPIC: NSPD-54 https://www.epic.org/privacy/cybersecurity/EPIC-FOIA-NSPD54.pdf EPIC: EPIC v. FBI - Next Generation Identification https://epic.org/foia/fbi/ngi/ EPIC: EPIC FOIA Cases https://epic.org/foia/ ========================================================================= [3] EPIC Obtains E-Voting Documents, Security Questions Remain ========================================================================= Via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, EPIC has obtained a September 2011 Department of Defense report on online voting. EPIC sought records related to the functionality and security of electronic voting systems, including the Department of Defense's Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) for US military and their families. The report, produced in response to EPIC's July 2014 FOIA request, summarizes a pilot test of an e-voting system. The report recommends several changes, including accessibility and user interface, but does little to address privacy and security issues except to recommend "visible security features" to "give users greater confidence in the privacy and security of their ballots." EPIC's complaint stated, "It is absolutely critical for the documents sought in this matter be disclosed prior to further deployment of e-voting systems in the United States." EPIC will continue to pursue the documents that have been withheld from the public about the risks of online voting. EPIC: FOIA Report on DOD Voting Assistance (Sep. 16, 2011) https://epic.org/foia/dod/e-voting/EPICvDOD-FOIA.pdf EPIC: EPIC v. DOD (E-voting Security Tests) https://epic.org/foia/dod/e-voting/ EPIC: Initial FOIA Request on DOD E-Voting (Jul. 17, 2014) https://epic.org/privacy/voting/EPIC-FVAP-FOIA-Request-071714.pdf EPIC: FOIA Lawsuit re: E-Voting Docs https://epic.org/foia/dod/e-voting/EPIC-v-DOD-Complaint.pdf EPIC: EPIC FOIA Cases https://epic.org/foia ======================================================================== [4] EPIC Continues Pursuit of Network Shutdown Policy ========================================================================= EPIC has filed a petition in a Washington, DC, federal appeals court, seeking review of a recent opinion allowing DHS to withhold the criteria to shut down cell phone networks. EPIC initially pursued the DHS policy, known as "SOP 303," after government officials in San Francisco disabled cell phone service during a peaceful protest in 2011. EPIC requested SOP 303 under the Freedom of Information Act, but the agency failed to respond to EPIC's request. As a result, EPIC sued DHS for the records, and a federal judge ruled in EPIC's favor. The government argued it did not need to release the document to EPIC because it was a "law enforcement technique" and because it would endanger the physical safety of an individual. The federal court rejected those arguments and ordered that the document be disclosed to EPIC, pending a decision on the appeal. EPIC's opening brief explained, "The government procedure at issue in this case is used to 'disrupt' cellular networks operated by private carriers . . . The decision to shut down one of these networks, even temporarily, would have a significant impact on the surrounding population, and could itself threaten public safety. Furthermore, shutdowns have been used to suppress lawful protest activities, both in the United States and abroad. The protocol governing the shutdown decision is therefore a matter of significant public interest and should be released." However, the federal court of appeals overturned the lower court's ruling. On appeal, the DC Circuit stated, "Accordingly, we hold that the Department permissibly withheld much, if not all of SOP 303, because its release . . . could reasonably be expected to endanger individuals' lives or physical safety." The appeals court also acknowledged that the agency still might be required to disclose some portions of the protocol. EPIC argues that the court should grant a rehearing, since the recent decision would "create an untethered national security exemption for law enforcement agencies," and is contrary to other court decisions and the intent of Congress. If EPIC's petition granted, EPIC will reargue the case in front of the full court. EPIC: Petition for Rehearing En Banc (Mar. 27, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/041515-epic-303-petition.html EPIC: Appeal from US District Court for DC (Feb. 10, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/041515-court-303-opinion.html EPIC: EPIC v. DHS (SOP 303) https://epic.org/foia/dhs/internet-kill-switch/ EPIC: Counter-Terrorism Proposals https://epic.org/privacy/terrorism/ EPIC: Protestor Privacy and Free Expression Rights https://epic.org/privacy/protest/ ========================================================================= [5] Department of Justice Adopts Improved FOIA Rule ========================================================================= In response to extensive comments from EPIC and open-government advocacy group The Sunlight Foundation, the US Department of Justice has issued an improved final rule governing the agency's Freedom of Information Act practices. The final rule amends the Department's procedural rules for processing FOIA requests. The final rule covers issues including fees, exclusion provisions, requirements for making FOIA requests, "proactive disclosure of department records," timing of agency responses, administrative appeals and agency preservation of FOIA-sensitive records. Of particular interest to EPIC are provisions around documents covered by 5 USC 552(c), the FOIA "national security exemption." The final document states that a DOJ component must first obtain approval before applying a 552(c) exclusion. Furthermore, "any component invoking an exclusion must maintain records of its use and approval. . . These provisions are intended to enhance accountability in the use of exclusions." The DOJ's ruling incorporates nearly all of EPIC's recommendations, first offered in 2011, including provisions that help enhance accountability, access and favorable fee status for news media and educational requesters. EPIC routinely comments on agency FOIA rulemakings, and has had past success with the Federal Trade Commission, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and other federal agencies. DOJ: Final Rule on FOIA Changes (Apr. 3, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/041515-doj-foia.html EPIC: Comments to DOJ on FOIA Rule Changes (Oct. 8, 2011) https://epic.org/foia/EPIC-DOJ-FOIA-Comments-FINAL.pdf EPIC: Freedom of Information Act https://epic.org/FOIA ======================================================================== [6] News in Brief ======================================================================== US Supreme Court Tosses Out N. Carolina Lifetime GPS Tracking The US Supreme Court has issued a "per curium" opinion vacating the North Carolina Supreme Court's decision in Grady v. North Carolina. Grady challenged a court order requiring a "satellite-based [GPS] monitoring program for the duration of his natural life." The North Carolina court ruled that this was not a Fourth Amendment search. However, the US Supreme Court tossed that ruling aside, finding it contrary to recent decisions in United States v. Jones and Florida v. Jardines. EPIC filed a "friend of the court" brief in Jones, joined by many leading technical experts and legal scholars. The Court held in 2012 that continuous GPS tracking constituted a search. Supreme Court: Opinion Vacating Decision in Grady v. NC (Mar. 30, 2015) http://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/courtorders/033015zor_5iek.pdf SCOTUSblog: Grady v. North Carolina http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/grady-v-north-carolina/ EPIC: US v. Jones https://epic.org/amicus/jones/ EPIC: Florida v. Jardines https://epic.org/amicus/jardines/ EPIC et al.: "Friend of the Court" Brief in US v. Jones (Oct. 3, 2011) https://epic.org/amicus/jones/EPIC_Jones_amicus_final.pdf DEA Gathered Telephone Records on Millions of Americans According to a report in USA Today, the Drug Enforcement Agency has engaged in a long-term secret telephone record collection program, collecting Americans' telephone call records for nearly a decade prior to September 11, 2001. Government officials told USA Today that the program was discontinued in 2013, but documents obtained by EPIC indicate that the DEA program, "Hemisphere," is ongoing. EPIC is pursuing a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, EPIC v. DEA, to obtain further details about the DEA's bulk collection activities. EPIC is also pursuing related suits against the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice over "metadata" collection. USA Today: "U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades" (Apr. 8, 2015) http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/04/07/dea-bulk-telephone- surveillance-operation/70808616/ EPIC: FOIA Docs from DEA re: Hemisphere https://epic.org/foia/dea/hemisphere/#documents EPIC: EPIC v. DEA - Hemisphere https://epic.org/foia/dea/hemisphere/ EPIC: In re EPIC - NSA Telephone Records Surveillance https://epic.org/privacy/nsa/in-re-epic/ EPIC: EPIC v. DOJ - Warrantless Wiretapping Program https://epic.org/privacy/nsa/foia/ Senate Committee Approves Modest Driver Privacy Bill The US Senate Commerce Committee has voted unanimously to approve the "Driver Privacy Act of 2015," a bipartisan bill limiting access to event automobile data recorder or "black box" data. Under the Act, black box data could only be obtained with: (1) a court or administrative order; (2) consent of a car owner or lessee; (3) a federal transportation safety investigation if personal information is redacted; (4) emergency crash medical response; or (5) traffic safety research if personal information is redacted. The Senate Commerce Committee had approved a stronger bill in 2014. EPIC previously recommended safeguards for black box data in publications USA Today and Costco Connection and urged the Transportation Department to establish privacy rules for data access. US Senate: Text of "Driver Privacy Act of 2015" (Mar. 17, 2015) https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/s766/BILLS-114s766is.pdf Sen. Hoeven (R-ND): Press Release on 2014 Driver Bill (Apr. 9, 2014) http://epic.org/redirect/041515-hoeven-driver-bill.html US Senate: Text of "Driver Privacy Act of 2014" (Jan. 14, 2014) https://www.congress.gov/113/bills/s1925/BILLS-113s1925is.pdf EPIC: Automobile Event Data Recorders (Black Boxes) and Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/edrs/ USA Today: "Another view: Steer clear of cars that spy." Op-Ed by EPIC President Marc Rotenberg (Aug. 18, 2011) http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2011-08-18 -car-insurance-monitors-driving-snapshot_n.htm Costco Connection: "Are Vehicle Black Boxes a Good Idea?" (Apr. 2013) http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201304?pg=24#pg24 EPIC: Comments to Transportation Dept. on Black Boxes (Feb. 11, 2013) https://epic.org/privacy/edrs/EPIC-Coal-NHTSA-EDR-Cmts.pdf Judge Approves Laughably Bad, Collusive Class Action Settlement A federal judge has approved a settlement involving Google after the company routinely disclosed the search histories of Internet users to third parties in violation of federal law. Nevertheless, under the settlement Google will continue the practice and the attorneys will receive several million in fees. Google will also distribute millions to the colleges the lawyers attended. None of the class members will receive any benefit. A coalition of consumer privacy organizations, including EPIC, twice urged the judge to reject the settlement. The groups cited an opinion by US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts about a similarly collusive settlement. Courthouse News Service: "Google Settles With Class for $8.5 Million" (Apr. 3, 2015) http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/04/03/google-settles-with-class- for-8-5-million.htm EPIC et al.: Letter to FTC re: Google Litigation (Jul. 31, 2014) https://epic.org/privacy/internet/ftc/FTC-Gaos-7-14.pdf EPIC et al.: Letter to Judge re: Google Litigation (Aug. 22, 2013) https://epic.org/privacy/internet/ftc/FTC-Gaos-7-14.pdf US Supreme Court: Opinion in Marek v. Lane (Nov. 4, 2013) https://epic.org/privacy/facebook/Marek-v-Lane-%28Roberts%29.pdf EPIC: Fraley v. Facebook https://epic.org/amicus/facebook/fraley/ Massive AT&T Consumer Privacy Violation Results in $25M FCC Penalty The Federal Communications Commission has settled an enforcement action against AT&T for the company's massive consumer privacy violations. According to the Commission, employees at AT&T call centers around the world accessed the "CPNI" (call record information) of nearly 280,000 US customers without their permission. Then AT&T distributed that information to traffickers of stolen cell phones. As a condition of settlement, AT&T will pay a $25 million penalty, eclipsing the 2014 Verizon settlement as the FCC's largest ever data security action. EPIC has long supported the robust defense of CPNI privacy. FCC: Consent Decree Against AT&T (Apr. 8, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/041515-fcc-consent-att.html FCC: Consent Decree Against Verizon (Sep. 3, 2014) http://epic.org/redirect/091514-text-verizon-order.html EPIC: CPNI (Customer Proprietary Network Information) https://epic.org/privacy/cpni/ Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Protests Eavesdropping Barbie The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has launched a campaign and petition to protest Mattel's "Hello Barbie." The toy is a WiFi- connected doll with a built-in microphone. Hello Barbie records and transmits children's conversations to Mattel, where they are analyzed to determine "all the child's likes and dislikes." The advocacy group explained that Hello Barbie is "a significant violation of children's privacy. . . . Kids using 'Hello Barbie' won't only be talking to a doll, they'll be talking directly to a toy conglomerate whose only interest in them is financial." EPIC has participated in numerous campaigns to safeguard children's privacy and recently filed a complaint with the FTC about Samsung's always-on "SmartTV." CCFC: "Stop Mattel's 'Hello Barbie' Eavesdropping Doll" (Mar. 2015) http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/action/shut-down-hello-barbie CCFC: Petition to Stop Sale of "Hello Barbie" Doll (Mar. 2015) http://epic.org/redirect/041515-hello-barbie-petition.html EPIC: Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) https://epic.org/privacy/kids/ EPIC: Samsung "SmartTV" Complaint https://epic.org/privacy/internet/ftc/samsung/ Günter Grass Dies at 87, Nobel Novel Basis of US Privacy Case Famed German novelist, Nobel Laureate and social critic Günter Grass has 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 for 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. The Washington Post: "Günter Grass, German author and Nobel laureate, dies at 87" (Apr. 14, 2015) http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/gunter-grass- german-nobel-laureate-dies-at-87/2015/04/13/7d2fd032-74b4-11e4- 9d9b-86d397daad27_story.html Criterion Collection: "The Tin Drum" http://www.criterion.com/films/789-the-tin-drum Nobelprize.org: Video of Gunter Grass Receiving His Award (1999) http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=128 Los Angeles Times: "OK City Police Round Up Copies of 'Obscene' Movie 'Tin Drum'" (Jun. 27, 1997) http://articles.latimes.com/1997-06-27/news/mn-7342_1_tin-drum EPIC: Video Privacy Protection Act https://epic.org/privacy/vppa/ EPIC: Decision in Camfield v. Oklahoma City (Oct. 1998) https://epic.org/privacy/vppa/MacyvOK-Opinion.pdf OpenJurist: Notice of Award in Camfield v. Oklahoma City (May 2001) https://epic.org/redirect/041515-camfield-oklahoma.html ======================================================================== [7] EPIC in the News ======================================================================== "Are city surveillance camera regulations being ignored?" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Apr. 14, 2015. http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/04/14/Pittsburgh- surveillance-camera-privacy-regulations-largely-ignored/stories/ 201504130009 "France lawmakers debates controversial surveillance bill." Jurist, Apr. 13, 2015. http://jurist.org/paperchase/2015/04/france-lamekers-debate- controversial-surveillance-bill.php "Media Lab Director Joi Ito Wants MIT to Lead the Bitcoin Ecosystem." Bitcoin Magazine, Apr. 13, 2015. https://bitcoinmagazine.com/19982/media-lab-director-joi-ito-wants- mit-lead-bitcoin-ecosystem/ "Fees After Victory in Cybersecurity FOIA Case." Courthouse News, Apr. 10, 2015. http://www.courthousenews.com/2015/04/10/fees-after-victory-in- cybersecurity-foia-case.htm "Attorney questions organization's UAS privacy lawsuit against FAA." UAS Magazine, Apr. 9, 2015. http://www.uasmagazine.com/articles/1055/attorney-questions- organizations-uas-privacy-lawsuit-against-faa "EPIC Files Suit For Public Rulemaking To Address Privacy Concerns Posed By Drones." JD Supra, Apr. 9, 2015, http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/epic-files-suit-for-public- rulemaking-to-83683/ "On the Block: Student Data and Privacy in the Digital Age." National Educational Policy Center, Apr. 9, 2015. http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/schoolhouse-commercialism-2014 "Is Snapchat Safe? 3 Ways It's Trying to Gain Your Trust." CheatSheet, Apr. 9, 2015. http://www.cheatsheet.com/technology/how-snapchat-is-trying-to- convince-users-to-trust-it.html/?a=viewall#ixzz3XElpf1Ry "Online purchases may be getting more expensive, less private." The Kansas State Collegian, Apr. 8, 2015. http://www.kstatecollegian.com/2015/04/08/online-purchases-may-be- getting-more-expensive-less-private/ "Court might force US to reveal details of secret wireless kill switch." Naked Security, Apr. 8, 2015. https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/04/08/court-might-force-us-to- reveal-details-of-secret-wifi-kill-switch/ "Major FERPA Overhaul Under Consideration in U.S. House." Education Week, Apr. 7, 2015. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2015/04/ferpa_ overhaul_US_House.html "Court mulls revealing secret government plan to cut cell phone service." Ars Technica, Apr. 6, 2015. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/04/court-mulls- revealing-secret-government-plan-to-cut-cell-phone-service/ "Snapchat's Non-Vanishing Message: You Can Trust Us." Backchannel, Apr. 2, 2015. https://medium.com/backchannel/snapchat-s-non-vanishing-message- you-can-trust-us-6606e6774b8b "What You Should Know About the New Drone Privacy Lawsuit." DCInno, Apr. 2, 2015. http://dcinno.streetwise.co/2015/04/02/faa-sued-by-dc-group-over- drone-privacy-issues/ "A year after firestorm, DHS wants access to license-plate tracking system." The Washington Post, Apr. 2, 2015. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/dhs-renews- quest-for-access-to-national-license-plate-tracking-system/2015/ 04/02/4d79385a-d8a1-11e4-8103-fa84725dbf9d_story.html "Privacy group sues feds over drone rules." The Hill, Apr. 2, 2015. http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/237728-privacy-group- suing-feds-over-drone-rules "Domestic Drones & Privacy, and More from CRS." Secrecy News, Apr. 2, 2015. http://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2015/04/domestic-drones/ "Watchdog Group Sues FAA Over Lack Of Drone Privacy Rules." Law360, Mar. 31, 2015. http://www.law360.com/articles/638050/watchdog-group-sues-faa- over-lack-of-drone-privacy-rules "Privacy Group Sues FAA Over Drone Rules." The Wall Street Journal, Mar. 31, 2015. http://www.wsj.com/articles/privacy-group-sues-faa-over-drone- rules-1427845718 "EPIC asks court for FAA drone privacy rules." ComputerWorld, Mar. 31, 2015. http://www.computerworld.com/article/2904268/epic-asks-court- for-faa-drone-privacy-rules.html "Common-Core Testing Clashes With Social-Media Monitoring." Education Week, Mar. 30, 2015. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/04/01/common-core-testing- clashes-with-social-media-monitoring.html "Washington is coming for your personal data." InfoWorld, Mar. 27, 2015. http://www.infoworld.com/article/2902611/government/washington- is-coming-for-your-personal-data.html "As Santa Clara County procures 'stingray' cell tracker, increased scrutiny surrounds potentially invasive device." San Jose Mercury News, Mar. 28, 2015. http://www.mercurynews.com/crime-courts/ci_27805737/santa-clara- county-procures-stingray-cell-tracker-increased "RadioShack Sale Sparks Data Privacy Concerns." US News & World Report, Mar. 27, 2015. http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/03/27/radioshack-sale- sparks-data-privacy-concerns 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). 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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 ======================================================================= ABA Center for Human Rights Presents "ABA Focus: Human Rights and Security." Speaker: EPIC President Marc Rotenberg. Washington, DC, April 17, 2015. For More Information: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/human_rights.html. EPIC Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. Washington, DC, June 1, 2015. For More Information: https://epic.org/june1. The 5th International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy. Georgetown Law Center, Washington DC, June 3 - 4, 2015. For More Information: www.healthprivacysummit.org. ======================================================================= Join EPIC on Facebook and Twitter ======================================================================= Join the Electronic Privacy Information Center on Facebook and Twitter: http://facebook.com/epicprivacy http://epic.org/facebook http://twitter.com/epicprivacy Start a discussion on privacy. Let us know your thoughts. Stay up to date with EPIC's events. Support EPIC. ======================================================================= Privacy Policy ======================================================================= The EPIC Alert mailing list is used only to mail the EPIC Alert and to send notices about EPIC activities. 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