EPIC Alert 22.24

======================================================================= E P I C A l e r t ======================================================================= Volume 22.24 December 22, 2015 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Published by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Washington, DC http://www.epic.org/alert/epic_alert_22.24.html "Defend Privacy. Support EPIC." http://epic.org/support ======================================================================= Table of Contents ======================================================================= [1] European Institutions Conclude Data Protection Reforms [2] EPIC Urges Supreme Court to Review Cellphone Shutdown Case [3] FAA Requires Drone Registration, Fails Again to Limit Surveillance [4] EPIC Urges FTC to Protect Consumers re: Cross-Device Tracking [5] President Signs 2016 Budget Bill Including Dubious Cyber Provisions [6] News in Brief [7] EPIC in the News [8] EPIC Holiday Gift Guide [9] Upcoming Conferences and Events ROT13(Qrsraq cevinpl. Fhccbeg RCVP.) SUPPORT EPIC: https://epic.org/support/ ======================================================================= [1] European Institutions Conclude Data Protection Reforms ======================================================================= After more than four years of negotiations the EU Commission, Parliament and Council have reached a historic agreement on the General Data Protection Regulation, which the EU calls "the most extensive data protection law in the world". The reform consists of two legal instruments: a general regulation and an accompanying directive that covers data transfers between law enforcement agencies across Europe. The General Data Protection Regulation establishes common privacy rules across Europe and creates strong enforcement power for national data protection authorities. This power will include high penalties, or up to 4% of a company's annual turnover, for noncompliance. European NGOs generally favored adoption of the data protection regulation, stating that it "lacks ambition but saves the basics." Joe McNamee, Executive Director of European Digital Rights, said, "Faced with possibly the world's biggest ever lobbying onslaught, this agreement appears to have saved the essential elements of data protection in Europe. At several moments in the past four years, it appeared that the proposals were crumbling, so today's vote represents an impressive achievement by politicians from all major political families and by civil society." Anna Fielder, Chair of Privacy International, added, "Now we have a legal instrument to hold the powerful to account. We are going to use this legal regime to help empower citizens and consumers. And we are going to test it against emerging business models, ambitious and delusional government programmes, and any system that takes control away from the individual." EPIC and many consumer privacy organizations have urged the US to modernize domestic privacy law. EPIC recently testified before Congress on data protection modernization, and EPIC President Marc Rotenberg told USA Today, "[t]he US will need to update privacy laws to safeguard US consumers and maintain trade relations with Europe." EU: Press Release on Data Protection Regulation (Dec. 15, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/122115-eu-dp-pr.html EU Commission: Release on Data Protection Regulation (Dec. 15, 2015) http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6321_en.htm EDRI: "EU Data Protection Package Lacking ambition but saving the basics" (Dec. 17, 2015) https://edri.org Statewatch.org: Text of DP Regulation (Dec. 15, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/122115-dp-regulation-text.html USA Today: "New EU privacy rule could cost U.S. firms billions" (Dec. 14, 2015) http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/web-to-watch/tech-gaming/2015/ 12/14/eu-european-union-privacy-directive-google-facebook/77314554/ EPIC: Testimony before US House on Safe Harbor (Nov. 3, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/111015-epic-safe-harbor-testimony.html ======================================================================= [2] EPIC Urges Supreme Court to Review Cellphone Shutdown Case ======================================================================= EPIC has filed a reply brief with the US Supreme Court in a long- running battle to obtain the government's cellphone shutdown policy known as "Standard Operating Procedure 303." SOP-303 outlines "detailed procedures" to "coordinate requests for the disruption of cellular service" as well as a "series of questions" used to determine if a shutdown is necessary. EPIC first requested the secret policy from the Department of Homeland Security following a 2011 incident in which San Francisco BART officials suspended cell phone service during a peaceful protest against police brutality. The three-hour cellular disruption prevented everyone inside the transit stations from sending or receiving calls, including to 911, text messages, emergency notifications and other transmissions. EPIC sued DHS in 2012 when the agency refused to release SOP-303. In November 2013, the District Court for the District of Columbia ordered DHS to release the policy, but a year later the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit overturned the lower court's ruling. The DC Circuit ruled that DHS properly withheld SOP-303 under Freedom of Information Act Exemption 7(F), which covers the release of records whose disclosure could risk the "life or physical safety" of "any individual." The court found that the term "any" has an "expansive meaning" and that the agency is therefore not required to provide any evidence that disclosure could harm "a particular individual who could be identified before the fact." EPIC has requested that the US Supreme Court review the case, arguing that the DC Circuit's decision is "contrary to the intent of Congress, this Court's precedent, and this Court's specific guidance on statutory interpretation." As EPIC explained in the reply brief, the DC Circuit's decision is in conflict with a 2008 opinion from the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the federal appellate court in New York City. EPIC also pointed out important and competing safety concerns in this case, stating that the Federal Communications Commission has "expressed strong concerns that interruptions of cell phone service pose a threat to public safety." The Clerk of the Court has distributed EPIC's petition to the Justices, who will consider it at their January 8, 2016, conference. The Court will likely decide in early 2016 whether or not it will grant review in the case. EPIC: Reply Brief to US Supreme Court in SOP-303 Case (Dec. 11, 2015) https://epic.org/foia/dhs/internet-kill-switch/EPIC-Cert-Reply.pdf EPIC: Petition to Supreme Court re: SOP 303 (Aug. 11, 2015) https://epic.org/foia/dhs/internet-kill-switch/Cert-Petition.pdf EPIC: SOP 303 (redacted) https://epic.org//redirect/081415-sop-303-redacted.html DC Circuit Court: Opinion in EPIC v. DHS (Feb. 10, 2015) http://epic.org/redirect/022715-dc-opinion-killswitch.html DC District Court: Opinion in EPIC v. DHS (Nov. 11, 2013) https://epic.org/foia/dhs/internet-kill-switch/DCD-Order.pdf EPIC: EPIC v. DHS - SOP 303 https://epic.org/foia/dhs/internet-kill-switch/ EPIC: Protestor Privacy and Free Expression Rights https://epic.org/privacy/protest/ ======================================================================= [3] FAA Requires Drone Registration, Fails Again to Limit Surveillance ======================================================================= The FAA has published a rule requiring registration for small drones as of December 21, 2015. Owners of drones weighing between 0.55 lbs. (250g) and 55 lbs. (25kg) inclusive of payload will be required to pay a small fee and provide their name, physical address and email address via an online portal. In return, each owner will receive a unique registration number that must be affixed to all drones before operation. Alternatively, drone operators can eschew marking the drone by providing the FAA with the drone's serial number. The agency announced that the registration database will be made publicly searchable, but only by registration number. Pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974, the FAA has issued a notice describing the system of records (or database) that will be created to collect and store drone operators' Personally Identifiable Information. The FAA is accepting comments on the drone registration database through January 14, 2016. EPIC filed extensive comments on the proposed registration scheme, recommending that drones broadcast registration IDs while operating. EPIC also urged the FAA to require the drone registration database to include information about each drone's capability for surveillance, data collection and data storage. The FAA acknowledged EPIC's comments throughout the drone registration rule, but failed to adopt the recommendations. EPIC has sued the FAA for failing to establish privacy rules for commercial drones as mandated by Congress. The FAA Modernization Act ordered the FAA to develop a "comprehensive plan" to safely integrate drones into the national airspace. EPIC and over 100 organizations, experts and advocates petitioned the FAA to establish privacy protections in 2012. The FAA denied EPIC's petition in early 2015 when it concluded that privacy issues were outside the scope of the current small drone rulemaking. EPIC v. FAA is pending before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. FAA: Drone Registration Rule (Dec. 13, 2015) http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/media/20151213_IFR.pdf FAA: Notice of Privacy Act System of Records re: Drones (Dec. 13, 2015) https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/media/151213_SORN.pdf FAA: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/ EPIC: Drone Registration Comments (Nov. 12, 2015) https://epic.org/privacy/drones/EPIC-FAA-Drone-Reg-Comments.pdf EPIC: Drone Registration Task Force https://epic.org/privacy/drones/registration/ EPIC: EPIC v. FAA https://epic.org/privacy/litigation/apa/faa/drones/ EPIC: Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Drones https://epic.org/privacy/drones/ ======================================================================== [4] EPIC Urges FTC to Protect Consumers re: Cross-Device Tracking ======================================================================== EPIC has filed comments with the Federal Trade Commission on a new online behavioral advertising practice referred to as "cross-device tracking," or targeted advertising that links an individual to all of the devices she uses throughout the day in order to show targeted ads across all devices. Targeted advertising also allows companies to gather a large amount of sensitive personal data about a given user. EPIC's comments called on the FTC to take affirmative steps to protect consumer privacy, urging the agency to issue regulations for cross- device tracking privacy protections based on the 2012 Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. EPIC also counseled against the business-centered "notice and choice" approach to protecting privacy, argued that the FTC must also use Section 5 enforcement authority to prevent deceptive cross-device tracking practices, particularly deception by omission, and urged the FTC to prohibit the cross-device tracking of minors. EPIC has played a leading role in developing the FTC's privacy authority and consistently urges the agency to protect online consumer privacy. Several EPIC complaints are currently pending before the FTC concerning "always on" devices, Uber's privacy policy and Facebook's psychological study. EPIC: Comments to FTC on Cross-Device Tracking (Dec. 16, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/122115-cross-tracking-comments.html EPIC: Online Tracking and Behavioral Profiling http://epic.org/privacy/consumer/online_tracking_and_behavioral.html EPIC: White House Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights (Feb. 12, 2015) https://epic.org/privacy/white_house_consumer_privacy_.html FTC: Policy Statement on Deception (1983) https://epic.org/redirect/122115-ftc-1983-deception-statement.html EPIC: In re Google Buzz https://epic.org/privacy/ftc/googlebuzz/ EPIC: Comments to FTC on Advertising/ Privacy Disclosures (May 11, 2012) https://epic.org/privacy/ftc/EPIC-FTC-Ad-Disclosures-FINAL.pdf EPIC: FTC Complaint re: Samsung's "Always On" SmartTV (Feb. 24, 2015) https://epic.org/privacy/internet/ftc/Samsung/EPIC-FTC-Samsung.pdf EPIC: In re: Uber Privacy Policy https://epic.org/privacy/internet/ftc/uber/ EPIC: In re: Facebook (Psychological Study) https://epic.org/privacy/internet/ftc/facebook/psycho/ EPIC: Internet of Things (IoT) https://epic.org/privacy/internet/iot/ ======================================================================= [5] President Signs 2016 Budget Bill Including Dubious Cyber Provisions ======================================================================= President Obama has signed off on the congressional budget deal and an expansive appropriations bill that includes the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. The Cybersecurity Act was negotiated behind closed doors and represents a new version of the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), which had been opposed by a broad coalition of organizations. The Cybersecurity Act's section on "Sharing or Receiving Cyber Threat Indicators," like previous iterations of the Act, states that "a non-Federal entity may, for a cybersecurity purpose and consistent with the protection of classified information, share with, or receive from, any other non-Federal entity or the Federal Government a cyber threat indicator or defensive measure," all without judicial oversight. The Act would also expand government secrecy by exempting shared information "from disclosure under any provision of State, tribal, or local freedom of information law, open government law,open meetings law, open records law, sunshine law, or similar law requiring disclosure of information or records." EPIC previously won a five-year court battle to obtain NSPD-54, a foundational legal document for US cybersecurity policies that revealed the government's interest in enlisting the private sector to monitor Internet user activity. EPIC: Text of Cybersecurity Act of 2015 (Dec. 16, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/122115-cybersecurity-act-text.html US Congress: Text of Appropriations Act, 2016 (Dec. 16, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/122115-appropriations-act-text.html US Senate: CISA (Oct. 28, 2015) https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/754 ACLU et al.: Letter to Congress re: CISA (Apr. 25, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/122115-aclu-cisa-letter.html The Daily Journal [CA]: "Cybersecurity: The view from Washington," by EPIC National Security Counsel Jeramie Scott (Jan. 28, 2015) https://epic.org/epic/jeramie-scott-cybersecurity-oped.pdf EPIC: Text of NSPD-54 (Jan. 9, 2008) https://epic.org/privacy/cybersecurity/EPIC-FOIA-NSPD54.pdf ======================================================================= [6] News in Brief ======================================================================= EPIC Named Among Top-Ranked US Think Tanks EPIC has been ranked among the most influential thinks tanks in the United States. At #16, EPIC placed behind the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution, but ahead of CSIS, the Aspen Institute, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the New America Foundation. Established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging privacy and human right issues, EPIC works with distinguished experts in law, public policy, and technology. Recent publications include "Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions" and "Privacy Law and Society." See more at the EPIC Bookstore and in EPIC Commentaries. The Best Schools: Rankings of US Think Tanks (Dec. 2015) http://www.thebestschools.org/features/most-influential-think-tanks/ EPIC: EPIC Advisory Board https://epic.org/epic/advisory_board.html EPIC: "Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions" (2015) https://epic.org/privacy-book/ EPIC: "Privacy Law and Society, 3rd Edition" (2015) https://epic.org/privacy-casebook EPIC Bookstore https://epic.org/bookstore/ EPIC Commentaries https://epic.org/commentaries Senate Postpones Action on Weak EU-US Privacy Measure The US Senate Judiciary Committee has "held over" the Judicial Redress Act, industry-sponsored legislation regarding the transfer of personal data on EU citizens to the US. EU legal experts have stated that the measure does not provide meaningful protections for Europeans' data. Forty NGOS have recommended substantial changes to US and EU privacy laws to make possible the continuation of transborder data flows. EPIC also has recommended specific changes to the Judicial Redress Act. European data protection agencies are expected to begin enforcement actions against US companies after January 30, 2016. According to the GovTrack website, the Judicial Redress Act has a "1% chance of being enacted." US Senate: Notice of "Holdover" for Redress Act Hearing (Dec. 10, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/122115-redress-holdover.html US Congress: Text of Judicial Redress Act (Mar. 18, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/122115-redress-act-text.html EPIC: EU-US Data Transfer Agreement https://epic.org/privacy/intl/data-agreement/ The Public Voice: Letter re: Safe Harbor and Privacy Law (Nov. 13, 2015) http://thepublicvoice.org/EU-US-NGO-letter-Safe-Harbor-11-15.pdf EPIC: "EPIC Recommends Changes to Judicial Redress Act" (Sep. 16, 2015) https://epic.org/2015/09/epic-recommends-changes-to-jud.html GovTrack: S. 1600: Judicial Redress Act of 2015 (Jun. 17, 2015) https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1600 DHS and State Department Pushing for Increased Social Media Monitoring According to reports and statements from former Homeland Security officials, the DHS has initiated three "pilot programs" to analyze social media posts during the visa review process. Prior to 2014, a DHS policy prohibited immigration officials from monitoring social media accounts of visa applicants. EPIC obtained documents in 2012 detailing DHS social media monitoring policies, including instructions to analysts to monitor criticism of the agency. EPIC also submitted a letter to congressional leaders, outlining how DHS officials misrepresented policies in a Homeland Security Committee hearing. EPIC wrote that the DHS' monitoring program should be suspended, as it exceeds the agency's statutory authority and chills First Amendment activity. ABC News: "Secret US Policy Blocks Agents From Looking at Social Media of Visa Applicants, Former Official Says" (Dec. 14, 2015) http://abcnews.go.com/US/secret-us-policy-blocks-agents-social- media-visa/story?id=35749325 EPIC: EPIC v. DHS (Media Monitoring) http://epic.org/foia/epic-v-dhs-media-monitoring/ EPIC: Letter to Congress re: Social Media Monitoring (Feb. 22, 2012) http://epic.org/redirect/022912-dhs-monitor-statement.html House Subcommittee: Hearing on Social Media Monitoring (Feb. 16, 2012) http://epic.org/redirect/022912-house-hearing-dhs-monitor.html Obama Administration Gets Failing Grade on Surveillance Reform EPIC has launched a scorecard for the 46 surveillance reform recommendations made two years ago by the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. Although some of the recommendations have been fully implemented, the Obama Administration has failed to fulfill most. The recommendations set out to limit NSA surveillance, expand judicial oversight, create new transparency requirements, update federal privacy laws and create a new privacy agency. During the review process, EPIC met with the review group and submitted extensive comments to the panel, specifically urging the end of the bulk record collection program. EPIC: Presidential Review Scorecard https://epic.org/privacy/surveillance/prg-scorecard/ ODNI: President's Review Group http://www.dni.gov/index.php/intelligence-community/review-group EPIC: Letter to Review Group re: Bulk Record Collection (Aug. 29, 2013) https://epic.org/privacy/terrorism/fisa/EPIC-IRP-Ltr-8-13.pdf Congress Calls on Education Department to Protect Student Privacy Congress has enacted the "Every Student Succeeds Act," a law that provides technology funding for schools but requires extensive student data collection. In recognizing the law's substantial student privacy risks, Congress stated that the Education Department "should review all regulations addressing issues of student privacy, including those under this Act, and ensure that students' personally identifiable information is protected." The Act also requires ongoing compliance with applicable state privacy law. EPIC previously sued the Education Department for weakening federal student privacy protections. EPIC supports establishment of a Student Privacy Bill of Rights. US Congress: "Every Student Succeeds Act" (Dec. 10, 2015) https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1177/text EPIC: Student Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/student/ EPIC: EPIC v. The US Department of Education https://epic.org/apa/ferpa/ EPIC: Student Privacy Bill of Rights https://epic.org/privacy/student/bill-of-rights.html Report on 'Still Interested?' Letters Delayed Until 2016 The Federal FOIA Ombudsman has informed EPIC that an investigation into the open government practices of the Department of Homeland Security won't be finished until March 2016. In 2014, EPIC and other open government advocates urged the Office of Government Information Services to investigate "Still Interested?" letters, which Homeland Security had sent to FOIA requesters to prematurely terminate open government requests. EPIC objected to the practice and explained that "no provision in the FOIA allows for administrative closures." OGIS: The Federal FOIA Ombudsman https://ogis.archives.gov/ EPIC: Letter to OGIS re: 'Still Interested' Letters (Dec. 10, 2015) https://epic.org/foia/ogis/OGIS-Ltr-20151210-Admin-Closures.pdf OGIS: Letter to EPIC re: Administrative Closures (Aug. 27, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/122115-ogis-letter-closures.html EPIC et al.: Letter to OGIS re: Administrative Closures (Oct. 30, 2014) http://foia.rocks/OGIS_Letter_final.pdf Cornell U. Law School: Text of FOIA https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/5/552 EPIC: FOIA.ROCKS FOIA.ROCKS ======================================================================= [7] EPIC in the News ======================================================================= "Privacy Group Wants New Cross-Device Tracking Regulations." MediaPost, Dec. 21, 2015. http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/265240/privacy-group- wants-new-cross-device-tracking-regu.html "Key to Opting Out of Personalized Ads, Hidden in Plain View." The New York Times, Dec. 20, 2015. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/business/media/key-to-opting- out-of-personalized-ads-hidden-in-plain-view.html "'Pay-By-Plate' to take its toll." Boston Herald, Dec. 16, 2015. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_coverage/2015/12/pay_by_ plate_to_take_its_toll "One-to-one technology creates new benefits and challenges." The Piedmont Highlander [Piedmont, CA HS], Dec. 14, 2015. http://tphnews.com/2015/12/one-to-one-technology-creates-new- benefits-and-challenges "New EU privacy rule could cost U.S. firms billions." USA Today, Dec. 14, 2015. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/web-to-watch/tech-gaming/ 2015/12/14/eu-european-union-privacy-directive-google-facebook/ 77314554/ "Public will be able to search drone database." The Hill, Dec. 14, 2015. http://thehill.com/policy/technology/263115-public-will-be-able- to-search-drone-database "Trump Can't Possibly Know How To Legally Shut Down The Internet. Bill Gates Can't Help." Forbes, Dec. 14, 2015. http://www.forbes.com/sites/lisabrownlee/2015/12/14/trump-cant- possibly-know-how-to-legally-shut-down-the-internet-bill-gates- cant-help/print/ For More EPIC in the News: http://epic.org/news/epic_in_news.html ======================================================================= [8] EPIC Holiday Gift Guide ======================================================================= FIDO U2F Security Key ($17.99) Improve the security of your email accounts and password managers with this USB authentication key (it fits right on your keychain!). http://amzn.to/1J1m72I "Warning You Are Under Elf Surveillance" Bottle Cap Covers ($2 for 15) Why should kids have all the behavior-modifying benefits of elf supervision? Just pop these on your brewskis and you'll never drink alone. https://epic.org/redirect/122115-etsy-elf-surveillance.html "CITIZENFOUR" ($14.99) "The Internet's Own Boy" ($7.99) Fine documentaries about Edward Snowden and Aaron Swartz may be 2014 releases, but they remain timely. http://amzn.to/1QAlTT6 http://amzn.to/1J1m8DS Excel Identity Theft Guard Stamp ($14.13) No shredder at home? Don't worry; you can blot out personal information before throwing out your junk mail. http://amzn.to/1J1mf23 Bill of Rights 4th Amendment Sterling Silver Charm Bead ($28) Hang "Search and Seizure" right on your Pandora necklace. Can be sold with matching "Right to Bear Arms" 2nd Amendment bead for your Libertarian lovely. https://epic.org/redirect/122115-etsy-4th-amendment-bead.html Stealth Wear Anti-Thermal Imaging Cover Ups ($40-$2500) Give the hot-blooded privacy maven in your life the gift of thermal invisibility. Stealth Wear offers a collection of outerwear that will shield your loved one from thermal imaging equipment. http://privacygiftshop.com/collections/stealth-wear Unfit Bits DIY Guide (free) Spoof your fitness data and flee the frowns of your FitBit-fascist friends. http://privacygiftshop.com/products/unfit-bits-diy-guidee "Snowden for President 2016" Bumper Sticker ($4.45) "Feel the Snow." https://epic.org/redirect/122115-etsy-snowden-for-president.html "Data and Goliath," by Bruce Schneier ($15.37) "Reclaiming Conversation," by Sherry Turkle ($17.25) Thought-provoking 2015 publications from two of EPIC's Advisory Board members. http://amzn.to/1QAmfJr http://amzn.to/1J1mgTJ UnPocket RFID Privacy Wallet ($36.59) This former KickStart project secures your cellphone, passport and bankcards from wireless identity theft. Handmade and waterproof (at least according to the publicity photo) too. https://epic.org/redirect/122115-etsy-unpocket-rfid-sleeve.html Navy Bordered Fleur De Lis Notes by Crane & Co. ($20 for set of 10) Keep in touch with family and friends without email, Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp. Everyone loves a handwritten note, and since it doesn't have to be shared with online ad companies, the NSA,or the entire Internet, it really is more personal. https://epic.org/redirect/122115-crane-stationery.html =================================== EPIC Bookstore =================================== "Privacy Law and Society, 3rd Edition," by Anita Allen, JD, PhD and Marc Rotenberg, JD, LLM. West Academic (Dec.2015). http://www.privacylawandsociety.org/ 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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