EPIC Alert 22.23

======================================================================= E P I C A l e r t ======================================================================= Volume 22.23 December 11, 2015 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Published by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Washington, DC http://www.epic.org/alert/epic_alert_22.23.html "Defend Privacy. Support EPIC." http://epic.org/support ======================================================================= Table of Contents ======================================================================= [1] Freedom Act Goes Into Effect, NSA Bulk Data Collection Ends [2] At UNESCO, EPIC's Rotenberg Argues for Algorithmic Transparency [3] EPIC Promotes Open Access to Law, Criticizes .gov Website Tracking [4] Schrems Pursues Legal Actions Against Facebook [5] EPIC Defends Video Privacy Statute before Federal Appellate Court [6] News in Brief [7] EPIC in the News [8] EPIC Bookstore [9] Upcoming Conferences and Events TAKE ACTION: Stop the FBI's "Don't Be A Puppet" Program! READ about the FBI's "Don't Be a Puppet" In-School Video Game: https://epic.org/redirect/121015-puppets.html SIGN the Petition Against the "Don't Be a Puppet" Program: https://epic.org/redirect/121015-puppet-petition.html LEARN More about Children's Online Privacy: https://epic.org/privacy/kids SUPPORT EPIC: https://epic.org/support/ ======================================================================= [1] Freedom Act Goes Into Effect, NSA Bulk Data Collection Ends ======================================================================= Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced November 30 that the NSA's bulk collection of domestic telephone records under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act had ended. The new USA Freedom Act terminates the NSA's "215 Program" and establishes transparency and accountability rules for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Technical personnel will have access to the 215 data for an additional three months to "verify the records produced under the new targeted production by the USA FREEDOM Act." The NSA has stated the agency will destroy the Section 215 data once civil litigation over the program has ended. The USA FREEDOM Act was passed in June 2015, but the US Surveillance Court ruled shortly thereafter that the NSA could continue collecting records during a 180-day transition period. The Surveillance Court's ruling ignored the Second Circuit Court of Appeals' previous decision, which held that the NSA bulk collection program was unlawful. The appeals court rejected the government's argument that it could collect all records under the Section 215 "relevance" standard, and held that "such an expansive concept of 'relevance' is unprecedented and unwarranted." In 2012, EPIC testified before the US House Judiciary Committee on the need to reform the Surveillance Court. EPIC called for improved oversight and transparency mechanisms, noting that the current annual FISA reports provided "no information about costs, purposes, effectiveness, or even the number of non-incriminating communications of US persons that are collected by the government." In 2013, EPIC filed a petition in the US Supreme Court, In re EPIC, arguing that the NSA program was unlawful. "It is simply not possible that every phone record in the possession of a telecommunications firm could be relevant to an authorized investigation," EPIC wrote. In 2014, EPIC and a broad coalition of civil society and advocacy groups urged the President to end the NSA surveillance program. "The NSA's Bulk Metadata program is simply not effective," the letter stated. Reports from both the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and the President's Review Group drew the same conclusions. ODNI: "NSA Bulk Telephone Collection Ends" (Nov. 27, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/121015-odni-215-announce.html ODNI: Statement re: NSA's Access to Bulk Phone Data (Jul. 27, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/073115-odni-215-statement.html EPIC: FISC Order to Resume Bulk Collection (Jun. 29, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/071515-fisc-bulk-order.html US Congress: USA Freedom Act of 2015 (Jun. 2, 2015) https://www.congress.gov/114/plaws/publ23/PLAW-114publ23.pdf Second Circuit: Decision Ruling Bulk Collection Unlawful (May 7, 2015) https://epic.org/amicus/fisa/215/aclu/Opinion-2nd-Cir.pdf EPIC: Statement before House on FISA Amendments (May 31, 2012) http://epic.org/redirect/061912-epic-fisa-amdt-statement.html EPIC et al.: Letter to President to End 215 Program (Jun. 17, 2014) http://epic.org/privacy/Coalition-Ltr-to-End-NSA-Bulk-Collection.pdf PCLOB: Report on Sec. 215 (Jan. 23, 2014) http://epic.org/redirect/012814-pclob-metadata-report.html President's Review Group: Report on Bulk Collection (Dec. 12, 2013) http://epic.org/redirect/122013-WH-NSA-report.html EPIC: In re EPIC - NSA Telephone Records Surveillance https://epic.org/privacy/nsa/in-re-epic/ ======================================================================= [2] At UNESCO, EPIC's Rotenberg Argues for Algorithmic Transparency ======================================================================= Speaking at UNESCO's Paris headquarters December 4, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg argued for "algorithmic transparency," the principle that data processes that impact individuals must be made public. Mr. Rotenberg addressed experts in freedom of expression, communication and information at a "Knowledge Caf" event organized by UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector. Mr. Rotenberg explained that algorithms - complex mathematical formulas used to process information and make automated decisions - have an increasing impact on people's lives in areas such as commerce, employment, education and housing. He warned his audience that as decisions become increasingly automated, processes would become increasingly opaque and less accountable, posing risks of secret profiling and illegal discrimination. According to Mr. Rotenberg, "At the core of modern privacy law is a single goal: to make transparent the automated decisions that impact our lives." He explained that algorithmic transparency is at the intersection of law and technology, and "knowledge of the algorithm is a fundamental right, a human right." Earlier in 2015, EPIC launched a program on Algorithmic Transparency, building on the work of several members of the EPIC Advisory Board. EPIC's push for algorithmic transparency has focused on secret government profiling systems, including the Automated Targeting System run by Customs and Border Protection. EPIC has also advocated for a Student Privacy Bill of Rights that would include algorithmic transparency. In 2014, comments to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, EPIC warned about the privacy risks of big data and called for an end of opaque algorithmic profiling. In 2015 EPIC filed public records requests to six states to obtain the source code of DNA forensic analysis software, warning that "[s]ecrecy of the algorithms used to determine guilt or innocence undermines faith in the criminal justice system." UNESCO: Web Page on EPIC's Speech at Knowledge Cafe (Dec. 4, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/121015-unessco-rotenberg.html UNESCO: Freedom of Expression on Internet https://epic.org/redirect/121015-unesco-internet-freedom.html EPIC: Algorithmic Transparency: End Secret Profiling https://epic.org/algorithmic-transparency/ EPIC: Automated Targeting System https://epic.org/privacy/travel/ats/ EPIC: EPIC v. CBP (Analytic Framework for Intelligence) https://epic.org/foia/dhs/cbp/afi/ EPIC: Student Privacy Bill of Rights https://epic.org/privacy/student/bill-of-rights.html EPIC: Comments to OSTP on Big Data and Privacy (Apr. 14, 2014) https://epic.org/privacy/big-data/EPIC-OSTP-Big-Data.pdf EPIC: Big Data and the Future of Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/big-data/ EPIC: "EPIC Pursues Public Release of Secret DNA Forensic Source Code" https://epic.org/2015/10/epic-pursues-public-release-of-2.html ======================================================================= [3] EPIC Promotes Open Access to Law, Criticizes .gov Website Tracking ======================================================================= EPIC has submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget, recommending changes to Circular A-130, the government policy for managing federal information resources. Building on prior comments supporting increased access to public court records, EPIC urged federal agencies to make legislation, statutes, rules, regulations and other relevant court documents available to the public on agency websites. EPIC reminded OMB that "the public's constitutional and common law rights of access to the law are fundamental to a society governed by the rule of law." Adequate access, argued EPIC, "gives citizens tools to evaluate the court system, fosters greater confidence in government and the courts, and offers opportunities for scholars, journalists, and researchers to provide insight into the nature of government." EPIC also recommended that the federal government refrain from tracking website visitors. EPIC criticized OMB's repeal of the agency's longstanding ban on cookies and tracking technologies on federal government websites, which now "has led to federal agencies using cookies and other web analytics to monitor website visitors." As EPIC explained, "Internet tracking poses serious risks to individual privacy - risks that increase exponentially when the federal government is doing the tracking." EPIC has previously argued against government tracking of individuals seeking access to public information, and pushed for increased privacy protections on government platforms. An EPIC 2009 FOIA request revealed that government contractors providing social media services lacked privacy protections. EPIC: Comments to OMB on Circular A-130 (Dec. 4, 2015) https://epic.org/apa/comments/EPIC-A130-Comments.pdf OMB: Circular A-130 https://a130.cio.gov/ EPIC: Letter to FL Courts re: Group 2 Privacy Recs. (Feb. 2006) https://epic.org/privacy/publicrecords/flgp222806.html EPIC: Letter to PA Courts on Privacy (Nov. 2005) https://epic.org/privacy/publicrecords/paecfcomments.html EPIC: Comments to OMB on Proposed Revision of Web Policy (Aug. 2009) https://epic.org/privacy/cookies/comnts-to-OMB-cookie.pdf EPIC: Privacy and Government Contracts with Social Media Companies https://epic.org/privacy/socialnet/gsa/ ======================================================================== [4] Schrems Pursues Legal Actions Against Facebook ======================================================================== EU privacy advocate Max Schrems has filed a set of coordinated complaints following the European Court of Justice (CJEU)'s October 2015 ruling against the Safe Harbor data transfer arrangement. Schrems filed complaints with data protection officials in Ireland, Germany and Belgium to block Facebook data transfers from Europe to the US. Schrems states that his first round of complaints is designed to "ensure that this very crucial judgment is also enforced in practice when it comes to the US companies that are involved in US mass surveillance." According to Schrems, office holders not enforcing the law as interpreted by the CJEU may even face criminal charges. The Article 29 Working Party, composed of privacy officials across Europe, issued a statement shortly after the Court's decision that the European Commission and the US had three months to create an alternative to Safe Harbor. Nevertheless, the European Commission has no authority to prevent national data protection officials from taking actions under the legal obligation as invoked by Schrems. EU and US NGOs have urged their governments to update domestic privacy laws and strengthen international commitments to enable the continued transfer of data between the EU and the US. Schrems's other legal case is now before the Austrian Supreme Court. The court will decide if the case against Facebook's privacy violations can be brought as a class action. "The 'class action' is not only legal but also the only reasonable way to deal with thousands of identical privacy violations by Facebook," says Schrems. Europe v. Facebook: Press Release on Complaints (Dec. 2, 2015) http://www.europe-v-facebook.org/prism2_en.pdf Europe v. Facebook: Complaints to privacy officials (Dec. 1, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/121015-schrems-complaints.html Irish Times: "Schrems threatens data commissioner with action" (Dec. 2, 2015) http://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/max-schrems-threatens- data-commissioner-with-action-1.2451883 Ars Technica: "Legal moves to stop Facebook from sending data to US" (Dec. 2, 2015) http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/12/after-safe-harbour- ruling-legal-moves-to-force-facebook-to-stop-sending-data-to-us/ TechCrunch: "Facebook 'Class Action' Privacy Lawsuit Moves To Austrian Supreme Court" (Nov. 23, 2015) http://techcrunch.com/2015/11/23/facebook-class-action-privacy- lawsuit-moves-to-austrian-supreme-court/ EPIC: Article 29 Working Party https://epic.org/privacy/art29wp/ EPIC: Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner (Safe Harbor) https://epic.org/privacy/intl/schrems/default.html ======================================================================= [5] EPIC Defends Video Privacy Statute before Federal Appellate Court ======================================================================= EPIC appeared in federal appellate court December 8 in the case In re Nickelodeon, which addresses the scope of the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA). The Act prevents video providers from disclosing Personally Identifiable Information, or PII, about viewers of Internet videos. Brought on behalf of children who watched videos on Nick.com, the case alleges that Viacom disclosed viewing records to Google for adverting purposes. Viacom and Google claim that the disclosed cookies and IP addresses do not violate the VPPA because they are not personally identifiable. EPIC Senior Counsel Alan Butler represented EPIC before the court. Butler explained that "unique, persistent identifiers of the type in this case - IP addresses, unique device identifiers and browser fingerprints - are PII in the Internet context" regardless of the recipient's sophistication in tracing them back to a particular individual. These digital identifiers, added Butler, enable the same individualized profiling and tracking as postal addresses, phone numbers and Social Security numbers. Butler argued that Congress intended the VPPA to bar companies from tracking and profiling consumers' video activities, drafting an expansive definition of PII to accommodate all forms of identifying information. EPIC previously filed an amicus brief in the case, similarly defending the broad scope of Personally Identifiable Information in the VPPA. The lower court in In re Nickelodeon held that digital identifiers such as IP addresses and cookies do not actually identify an individual. If overturned, In re Nickelodeon will be the first federal appellate case to recognize that the VPPA applies to Internet video providers. EPIC frequently files amicus briefs in important consumer protection cases. Earlier in 2015, EPIC filed a brief in Spokeo v. Robins, a US Supreme Court case poised to determine whether consumers can sue companies for violating their rights under federal privacy statutes such as the VPPA. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals: Transcript, In re Nick. (Dec. 8, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/121015-in-re-nickelodeon-audio.html EPIC: In Re Nickelodeon Consumer Privacy Litigation https://epic.org/amicus/vppa/nickelodeon/ EPIC: Amicus Brief in In Re Nickelodeon (May 4, 2015) https://epic.org/amicus/vppa/nickelodeon/EPIC-Amicus.pdf EPIC: Video Privacy Protection Act https://epic.org/privacy/vppa/ EPIC: Search Engine Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/search_engine/ EPIC: Amicus Curiae Briefs https://epic.org/amicus/ EPIC: Spokeo Inc. v. Robins https://epic.org/amicus/spokeo/ ======================================================================= [6] News in Brief ======================================================================= Federal Court Lifts Gag Order on National Security Letter Recipient For the first time, a federal court has lifted a national security letter gag order, allowing an Internet service provider to publish the FBI's demands for records of user web browsing history, IP addresses, online purchases and location information. The FBI issues thousands of NSLs each year, forcing companies to disclose consumer records without probable cause. Recipients are prevented from acknowledging these warrantless searches. In 2014, EPIC filed an amicus brief in In re National Security Letter, arguing that NSL gag orders frustrate the public's right to know about government surveillance programs. Yale Law: Press Release on NSL Release (Nov. 30, 2015) http://isp.yale.edu/node/6037 EPIC: National Security Letters https://epic.org/privacy/nsl/ EPIC: Locational Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/location_privacy/ EPIC: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court Orders 1979-2014 https://epic.org/privacy/wiretap/stats/fisa_stats.html EPIC: Amicus Brief in In re National Security Letter (Mar. 27, 2014) https://epic.org/redirect/121015-epic-brief-in-re-national.html EPIC: In re National Security Letter https://epic.org/amicus/national-security/in-re-nsl/ Markey, Barton Pursue VTech Data Breach Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) have sent a letter to electronics manufacturer VTech, asking the company's North American president, "How do you protect children's information?" A recent cyber-hack on VTech exposed the personal profiles of millions of children, including names, postal and email addresses, download histories, birthdates and genders. Senator Markey and Rep. Barton asked a number of questions about VTech's data and security practices, including VTech's compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, security standards and data the company collects about children. EPIC has testified several times before Congress on protecting children's data and has supported the updates to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. Sen. Markey and Rep. Barton: Letter to VTech (Dec. 2, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/121015-markey-barton-vtech.html EPIC: Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) https://epic.org/privacy/kids/ EPIC: Congressional Testimony re: COPPA (Sep. 1996) https://epic.org/privacy/kids/EPIC_Testimony.html EPIC: Congressional Testimony re: COPPA (Apr. 29, 2010) https://epic.org/privacy/kids/EPIC_COPPA_Testimony_042910.pdf EPIC: Letter to FTC re: COPPA (Dec. 1995) https://epic.org/privacy/internet/ftc/ftc_letter.html White House Announces Federal Privacy Council White House Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan has announced plans to establish a new Federal Privacy Council, which will develop and coordinate privacy strategies and best practices across the federal government. "Government has a critical role in enforcing and ensuring protections for the privacy of its citizens," Donovan stated, adding that OMB had made plans to update privacy guidance for federal agencies. Donovan further highlighted the Obama Administration's efforts to protect privacy and civil liberties, including the White House Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and Big Data Review. In November 2015, EPIC urged Congress to enact the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights and establish an independent privacy agency. The White House: Prepared Remarks on Privacy Council (Dec. 2, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/121015-wh-remarks-privacy-council.html EPIC: White House: Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights https://epic.org/privacy/white_house_consumer_privacy_.html EPIC: Big Data and the Future of Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/big-data/ EPIC: Testimony on Transatlantic Consumer Privacy (Nov. 3, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/111015-epic-safe-harbor-testimony.html Massachusetts Court Hears Arguments in Student Privacy Case The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments December 8 in Commonwealth v. White, a case concerning both student privacy and cell phone privacy. EPIC filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that law enforcement should obtain a warrant before seizing a student's cell phone. EPIC explained that "digital is different," and therefore the legal standard for school searches of contraband does not apply to cell phones. EPIC also explained the significance of Riley v. California, the 2014 US Supreme Court case on cell phone searches that unanimously upheld a warrant requirement. The EPIC State Policy Project is based in Cambridge, MA. EPIC: Commonwealth v. White https://epic.org/amicus/massachusetts/white/ EPIC: Student Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/student/ EPIC: Riley v. California https://epic.org/amicus/cell-phone/riley/ EPIC: Amicus Brief in Commonwealth v. White (Nov. 23, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/121015-amicus-comm-white.html EPIC: State Policy Project https://epic.org/state-policy/ ======================================================================= [7] EPIC in the News ======================================================================= "Startup Factual Knows Your Commute, and Much More..." The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 10, 2015. http://www.wsj.com/articles/startup-factual-knows-your-commute-and- much-more-1449748801 "Google's Gleaning of Children's Info Eyed by Third Circuit." The Legal Intelligencer, Dec. 8, 2015. http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202744303902/Googles- Gleaning-of-Childrens-Info-Eyed-by-Third-Circuit#ixzz3tx4paK8v "3rd Circ. Urged To Revive Google, Viacom Privacy Claims." Law360, Dec. 8, 2015. http://www.law360.com/articles/734420/3rd-circ-urged-to-revive- google-viacom-privacy-claims "Lenders may eye smartphone use before giving you a loan." ComputerWorld, Dec. 4, 2015 http://www.computerworld.com/article/3012140/smartphones/lenders- may-eye-smartphone-use-when-deciding-on-loans.html "Privacy advocates exploit European Safe Harbor ruling to revive rejected ideas," The Hill, Dec. 3, 2015. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/technology/261852-privacy- advocates-exploit-european-safe-harbor-ruling-to-revive "Cases Google Cited In VPPA Appeal Don't Apply, Court Told." Law360, Dec. 1, 2015. http://www.law360.com/articles/732992/cases-google-cited-in-vppa- appeal-don-t-apply-court-told "Lawmakers Look to Auto Industry for Insights on 'Internet of Cars'." Government Technology, Nov. 25, 2015. http://www.govtech.com/transportation/Lawmakers-Look-to-Auto- Industry-for-Insights-on-Internet-of-Cars.html "Facebook's 'Most Used Words' app collected a ton of your data. But not more than anything else on Facebook." Los Angeles Times, Nov. 25, 2015. http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-facebook-data- collection-apps-20151124-story.html "Could Apple Cost Google $8 Billion?" AndroidHeadlines, Nov. 24, 2015. http://www.androidheadlines.com/2015/11/could-apple-cost-google-8- billion.html "LabMD breach case more fuel for on-going-harm debate." ZDNet, Nov. 24, 2015. http://www.zdnet.com/article/labmd-breach-case-more-fuel-for-on- going-harm-debate/ For More EPIC in the News: http://epic.org/news/epic_in_news.html ======================================================================= [8] EPIC Bookstore ======================================================================= "Privacy Law and Society, 3rd Edition," by Anita Allen, JD, PhD and Marc Rotenberg, JD, LLM. West Academic (Dec.2015). http://www.westacademic.com/Professors/ProductDetails.aspx?NSIID=48693 The Third Edition of "Privacy Law and Society" is the most comprehensive casebook on privacy law ever produced. It traces the development of modern privacy law, from the early tort cases to present day disputes over drone surveillance and facial recognition. The text examines the philosophical roots of privacy claims and the significant court cases and statues that have emerged. The text provides detailed commentary on leading cases and insight into emerging issues. The text includes new material on developments in the European Union, decisions grounded in fundamental rights jurisprudence, and exposes readers to current debates over cloud computing, online profiling, and the role of the Federal Trade Commission. Privacy Law and Society is the leading and most current text in the privacy field. =================================== "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 privacythey 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. ===================================== "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 ======================================================================= January 26, 2016 "The Multiple Ways of (de/self-) Regulation: What is at Stake for Human Rights?" "Safe Harbor 2.0: A Stillborn Project?" Speaker: EPIC President Marc Rotenberg Privacy Camp Universit Saint-Louis Brussels, Belgium http://privacycamp.eu/programme/ January 27, 2016. EPIC 2016 International Champions of Freedom Awards Event. Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection Conference, Brussels. http://www.cpdpconferences.org/ https://epic.org/2015/01/epic-gives-freedom-awards-to-p.html June 6, 2016. EPIC 2016 Champions of Freedom Awards Event. 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