EPIC Alert 23.04

======================================================================= E P I C A l e r t ======================================================================= Volume 23.04 February 29, 2016 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Published by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Washington, DC http://www.epic.org/alert/epic_alert_23.04.html "Defend Privacy. Support EPIC." http://epic.org/support ======================================================================== Table of Contents ======================================================================== [1] Apple Opposes FBI Decryption Order [2] EPIC Prevails in Passenger Screening Lawsuit Against DHS [3] EU Commission Wrongly Denies EPIC's Request for 'Privacy Shield' [4] EPIC FOIA - Info on Controversial DNA Forensic Technique Released [5] President Announces $19B Cybersecurity Plan [6] News in Brief [7] EPIC in the News [8] EPIC Bookstore [9] Upcoming Conferences and Events ROT13(Qrsraq cevinpl. Fhccbeg RCVP.) SUPPORT EPIC: https://epic.org/support/ ======================================================================= [1] Apple Opposes FBI Decryption Order ======================================================================= Apple has opposed a court order requiring the company to create new software that would deactivate certain iPhone security features and therefore enable law enforcement to access encrypted files on a device seized during the San Bernardino investigation. In response, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a letter to Apple customers explaining that the company would oppose the order because it would set "a dangerous precedent" and would "undermine decades of security advancements." The order, issued February 16, 2016, followed an FBI application under the All Writs Act to compel Apple to assist in the execution of a warrant to search the iPhone of a suspect in the December 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting. The All Writs Act, which was passed in 1789 as part of the original Judiciary Act, authorizes courts to "issue all writs necessary or appropriate in aid of their respective jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law." The use of an All Writs Act order to compel assistance with government surveillance was first addressed by the Supreme Court in the 1977 case United States v. New York Telephone Co. But, as EPIC President Marc Rotenberg observed in a conversation with Passcode,, "18th Century laws (the All Writs Act) are out of step with 21st century technology." Apple has filed a motion to vacate the court order, arguing that this case is not about access to a single iPhone, but rather about the government's authority "to force companies like Apple to undermine the basic security and privacy interests of hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe." Apple also argued that the order violates First and Fifth Amendment rights. EPIC plans to file an amicus brief in support of Apple's motion to vacate the court order. EPIC gave the 2015 Champion of Freedom Award to Mr. Cook for his work protecting privacy and promoting encryption. EPIC has been outspoken in support of Apple's opposition, explaining, "The United States today suffers from too little encryption, not too much. We have staggering levels of identity theft and financial fraud. ... Still, many companies routinely gather data without regard for the risk to customers or the need to encrypt. Apple should be commended for its strong stand. It is not only protecting privacy; it is also helping to reduce the risk of crime." Consumer Reports found that more than 3.1 million cellphones were stolen in 2013, and noted that "efforts by the telecom industry to reduce thefts don't seem to be helping matters." Central CA US District Court: Order Compelling Apple (Feb. 16, 2016) https://epic.org/redirect/022916-apple-court-order.html FBI: Application for Order Under All Writs Act (Feb. 16, 2016) https://epic.org/redirect/022916-all-writs-order.html Apple: "A Message to Our Customers" (Feb. 16, 2016) http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/ All Writs Act https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/28/1651 Christian Science Monitor: "Passcode: Influencers: Apple Should Not Help FBI Crack San Bernardino iPhone (Feb. 19, 2016)" http://passcode.csmonitor.com/influencers-apple PEN America: Letter to US AG re: iPhone Order (Feb. 22, 2016) http://www.pen.org/apple-privacy Apple: Motion to Vacate (Feb. 25, 2016) https://epic.org/redirect/022916-apple-motion-to-vacate.html EPIC: Efforts to Ban Encryption in the 1990s https://epic.org/crypto/ban/ Los Angeles Times: "The Conflict Between Apple and the FBI Has a Long History - And Your Privacy is at Stake" (Feb. 20, 2016) http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mh-the-conflict-between- apple-and-the-fbi-20160219-column.html EPIC: 2015 Champion of Freedom Awards Dinner https://epic.org/june1/ TribLIVE: "The Core of Apple's Argument" (Feb. 26, 2016) http://triblive.com/opinion/qanda/9966051-74/apple-fbi-privacy ======================================================================== [2] EPIC Prevails in Passenger Screening Lawsuit Against DHS ======================================================================== EPIC has prevailed against the Customers and Border Protection Agency in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The case arises from a FOIA request EPIC submitted to the agency in April 2014. EPIC requested information about the Analytical Framework for Intelligence, which CBP uses to assign "risk assessments" to travelers, including US citizens traveling solely within the United States. Using the system for scoring travelers, the federal agency collects and analyzes data from a variety of sources, including databases from the government and commercial data brokers. These databases contain large quantities of Personally Identifiable Information including full name, address, age, gender, race, physical characteristics, marital status, residency status, country of citizenship, city and country of birth, date of birth, Social Security number, passport number, law enforcement records, and familial and other contact information. The CBP released several hundred pages of documents in response to EPIC's request, but withheld more than 300 pages in whole or in part under FOIA Exemption 7(E), which allows the government in some circumstances to withhold records or information if they are compiled for law enforcement purposes and if disclosure would reveal techniques and procedures used in law enforcement investigations or prosecutions. EPIC challenged the Exemption 7(E) withholdings, and the court concluded that the federal agency had failed to establish that it properly withheld the documents. The agency now has to either release the withheld portions or provide a more detailed justification for the withholdings. EPIC frequently submits FOIA requests to obtain information from the government about surveillance and privacy policy, and routinely files lawsuits to force disclose of agency records that impact critical privacy interests. EPIC: EPIC v. CBP (Analytical Framework for Intelligence) https://epic.org/foia/dhs/cbp/afi/ US District Court for DC: Memorandum Opinion (Feb. 17, 2016) https://epic.org/foia/dhs/cbp/afi/28-Mem-Op.pdf EPIC: Opposition to Defendant's Motion (Jun. 29, 2015) https://epic.org/foia/dhs/cbp/afi/20.1-EPIC-MSJ-MPA.pdf EPIC: Complaint for Injunctive Relief (Jul. 18, 2014) https://epic.org/foia/dhs/cbp/afi/1_Complaint.pdf ======================================================================== [3] EU Commission Wrongly Denies EPIC's Request for 'Privacy Shield' ======================================================================== The European Commission has wrongly denied EPIC's Freedom of Information Act request for the text of the "Privacy Shield" transatlantic data transfer agreement. The Commission confused the text of the political agreement with a legal determination about whether the agreement meets EU data protection law. Early in 2016, EU and US officials celebrated a new agreement for transatlantic data transfers to replace the invalidated Safe Harbor framework. The officials named the agreement "Privacy Shield" but did not make it public. In early February, EPIC filed emergency Freedom of Information requests with the Department of Commerce and the European Commission for the release of the secret agreement. "The public has a right to know whether this agreement provides adequate legal protection," EPIC stated. Meanwhile, the US Commerce Department told EPIC that any record of the Privacy Shield "does not exist." The European Commission, however, mistakenly replied that the adequacy decision to replace Safe Harbor is "in preparation" and "negotiations with the US are still ongoing." EPIC will pursue public release of the Privacy Shield, which was previously announced, and then the release of the adequacy determination when it is final. EU and US consumer and privacy organizations have opposed the agreement because it fails to provide adequate privacy protections. The release of the final agreement is expected by the end of February 2016. EPIC: EU Commission Denial of EPIC Privacy Shield Request (Feb. 24, 2016) https://epic.org/EPIC-16-02-03-Commission-FOIA-20160224-Response.pdf EPIC: Department of Commerce Denial of EPIC FOIA Request (Feb. 10, 2016) https://epic.org/redirect/022916-commerce-denial-privacy-shield.html EPIC: FOIA request to Commerce Dept. re: Privacy Shield (Feb. 4, 2016) https://epic.org/redirect/021716-epic-foia-privacy-shield.html EPIC: FOIA Request to EU Commission re: Privacy Shield (Feb. 3, 2016) https://epic.org/privacy/intl/schrems/EPIC-EU-Request-Privacy-Shield.pdf EDRi: Privacy Shield https://edri.org/privacyshield-unspinning-the-spin/ The Public Voice: NGO Letter on Safe Harbor Post-Schrems (Nov. 15, 2015) http://thepublicvoice.org/EU-US-NGO-letter-Safe-Harbor-11-15.pdf ======================================================================= [4] EPIC FOIA - Info on Controversial DNA Forensic Technique Released ======================================================================= EPIC has obtained records from the California Department of Justice on a controversial software program the agency uses in DNA forensic analysis. The records reveal that in 2014 the state agency spent more than $300,000 on a program called STRMix, which includes an algorithm for matching DNA. STRMix promises prosecutors the ability to "[c]arry out familial searches against a database, searching for close relatives of contributors to mixed DNA profiles." Because the program's algorithm remains hidden from the public, it has largely evaded scrutiny. However, Australian researchers recently found an error in the STRMix code that produced incorrect results in 60 criminal cases, including a high-profile murder case. Researchers and those accused of crimes have called for prosecutors to open up the STRMix source code for inspection. But courts, citing the proprietary nature of the software, have denied those requests. In November 2015 EPIC obtained documents on a similarly controversial DNA software program called TrueAllele. Like STRMix, law enforcement uses TrueAllele test results to establish guilt, but individuals accused of crimes have been denied access to the source code that produces the results. Through FOIA, EPIC obtained a validation study and validation summary prepared by the Virginia Department of Forensic Science. EPIC also obtained from the State of Pennsylvania TrueAllele purchase and service contracts, technical specifications and user manuals. EPIC continues to pursue freedom of information requests on secret DNA- matching algorithms with state agencies across the US. EPIC: Secret DNA Forensic Source Code FOIA https://epic.org/state-policy/foia/dna-software/ EPIC: FOIA Request to California DOJ (Feb. 2, 2016) https://epic.org/redirect/022916-epic-foia-STRMix.html EPIC: DNA Software FOIA Documents https://epic.org/state-policy/foia/dna-software/#foia EPIC: Genetic Privacy https://epic.org/privacy/genetic/ EPIC: State Policy Project https://epic.org/state-policy/ EPIC: Algorithmic Transparency https://epic.org/algorithmic-transparency/ EPIC: FOIA Cases https://epic.org/foia/ ======================================================================= [5] President Announces $19B Cybersecurity Plan ======================================================================= President Obama has proposed a $19 billion Cybersecurity National Action Plan that aims to modernize government cyber IT and improve cybersecurity for both the federal government and individual Americans. The President's plan includes: * A $3.1 billion Technology Modernization Fund that will encourage government agencies to upgrade and replace equipment to modernize the government's IT infrastructure. * A Federal Chief Information Security Officer post to coordinate cybersecurity policy across federal agencies * Promotion of multiple-factor authentication by adopting use on citizen-facing federal government digital services * Reduced government reliance on Social Security numbers * Cybersecurity training for small businesses * Establishment of a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, made up of experts from outside the government and providing long- term recommendations to strengthen cybersecurity in both the private and public sectors. The Cybersecurity National Action Plan includes a new Executive Order establishing a Federal Privacy Council to coordinate federal privacy guidelines across agencies. Although a step in the right direction, the council will lack the authority to enforce Privacy Act obligations. EPIC has repeatedly submitted comments to federal agencies, including the FBI, DHS and NSA, urging the agencies to uphold Privacy Act protections and protect individual privacy in mass government databases. The White House: Fact Sheet on Cybersecurity Plan (Feb. 9, 2016) https://epic.org/redirect/022916-wh-cyber-fact-sheet.html The White House: Blog Post on Cybersecurity Plan Feb. 9, 2016) https://epic.org/redirect/022916-wh-cyber-blog-post.html The White House: EO Establishing Federal Privacy Council (Feb. 9, 2016) https://epic.org/redirect/022916-wh-eo-privacy-council.html EPIC: Comments on Big Data and the Future of Privacy (Apr. 4, 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/ ======================================================================= [6] News in Brief ======================================================================= 'Privacy Shield' Released, New Questions Raised The text of the "Privacy Shield" was released February 29 by the European Commission and the US Department of Commerce. The arrangement was intended to bring EU-US data transfers in line with the European Court of Justice's recent decision in the Schrems case. But the framework appears to provide less protection than the Safe Harbor arrangement it replaces. New exceptions take broad categories of personal data entirely outside the scope of the agreement. Max Schrems said, "this is far from what the Court required and does not seem like a stable solution." Privacy experts will now assess the text and determine whether it provides an adequate basis for the transfer of personal data. EU and US NGOs have urged the US to update privacy laws. European Commission: Press Release on Privacy Shield (Feb. 29, 2016) http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-433_en.htm EPIC: Max Schrems v Irish Data Protection Commissioner (Safe Harbor) https://epic.org/privacy/intl/schrems/ EDRI: Blog Post on Privacy Shield (Feb. 3, 2016) https://edri.org/privacyshield-unspinning-the-spin/ Export.gov: Safe Harbor http://export.gov/safeharbor/ US Commerce Dept.: Letter to EU re: Privacy Shield (Feb. 26, 2016) http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/files/privacy-shield-adequacy-decision-annex-1_en.pdf Europe v. Facebook: Press Release on Privacy Shield (Feb. 29, 2016) http://europe-v-facebook.org/PA_PS.pdf EU Green Party: Blog Post on Privacy Shield (Feb. 29, 2016) http://www.greens-efa.eu/eu-us-data-protection-15242.html The Public Voice: Letter to US, EU re: Safe Harbor (Nov. 13, 2015) http://thepublicvoice.org/EU-US-NGO-letter-Safe-Harbor-11-15.pdf NSA to Disclose Agency Records to Other Federal Agencies According to The New York Times, the NSA plans to disclose intercepted private communications to other federal agencies, including records of communications concerning US persons. The substantial change in agency practices, according to the Times, "would relax longstanding restrictions on access to the contents of the phone calls and email." In 2013, EPIC and a group of legal scholars and technical experts petitioned the NSA to undertake a public rulemaking on "the agency's monitoring and collection of communications traffic within the United States." EPIC has previously urged the Department of Defense to ensure that the NSA complies with the federal Privacy Act and has opposed expansion of the agency's "Operations Records" database. The New York Times: "Obama Administration Set to Expand Sharing of Data That N.S.A. Intercepts" (Feb. 25, 2016) http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/26/us/politics/obama-administration- set-to-expand-sharing-of-data-that-nsa-intercepts.html US DOD: SORN on Operations Records (Oct. 21, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/022916-dod-privacy-sorn.html EPIC: Petition to NSA re: Communications Monitoring (Jun. 17, 2013) https://epic.org/NSApetition/ EPIC et al.: Coalition Comments to DoD Privacy Program (Oct. 21, 2013) https://epic.org/privacy/nsa/Coal-DoD-Priv-Program-Cmts.pdf EPIC: Comments to NSA re: 'Operations Records' Database (Nov. 20, 2015) https://epic.org/privacy/nsa/EPIC-NSA-SORN-Comments-2015.pdf Supreme Court Considers Fourth Amendment ID-Check Case. The US Supreme Court heard arguments February 22 in the case Utah v. Strieff. At issue is the use of evidence obtained from government databases following an illegal police stop. In a brief signed by 21 technical experts and legal scholars, EPIC warned about the vast amount of personal data, much of it inaccurate, stored in government databases, and pointed to the failure of the Justice Department to enforce Privacy Act safeguards. EPIC argued that "a diminished Fourth Amendment standard coupled with a weakened Privacy Act is truly a recipe for a loss of liberty in America." EPIC has filed amicus briefs in several related Supreme Court cases, including Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District, Tolentino v. New York, and Herring v. US. EPIC: Utah v. Strieff https://epic.org/amicus/strieff/ EPIC et al.: Brief to US Supreme Court in Streiff (Jan. 29, 2016) https://epic.org/amicus/strieff/EPIC-Amicus.pdf EPIC: Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada https://epic.org/privacy/hiibel/ EPIC: Tolentino v. New York https://epic.org/amicus/tolentino/ EPIC: Herring v. US https://www.epic.org/privacy/herring/ California AG Releases 2016 Data Breach Report A new report from California Attorney General Kamala Harris examines data breaches in California from 2012 to 2015. 657 data breaches have occurred in the state during the last four years, compromising over 49 million records. The retail sector experienced the largest share of breaches at 25%, followed by the financial sector at 18%. Among the report's recommendations are that organizations adopt strong encryption. "Government and the private sector have a shared responsibility to safeguard consumers from threats to their privacy, finances, and personal security," Attorney General Harris stated. Harris received a 2015 EPIC Champion of Freedom Award. EPIC recently launched "Data Protection 2016," a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election. State of CA AG's Office: California Data Breach Report (Feb. 2016) https://oag.ca.gov/breachreport2016 CA AG's Office: Press Release on Data Breach Report (Feb. 16, 2016) https://epic.org/redirect/022916-ca-data-breach-release.html EPIC: EPIC 2015 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner (Jun. 1, 2015) https://epic.org/awards/2015/ EPIC: "Data Protection 2016" http://www.dataprotection2016.org/ House Members Seek Answers on FBI Stingray Agreements Two leading members of the House Judiciary Committee have sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey regarding Stingray surveillance devices, which intercept cellphone communications. Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) sharply criticized the FBI's use of "non-disclosure agreements" that prohibit local law enforcement agencies from discussing the use of Stingrays, even in court proceedings. The representatives noted that such secrecy "shields the technology from debate," and asked the FBI to answer specific questions about the agreements. In 2013, EPIC first uncovered these secret Stingray agreements in a Freedom of Information Act suit against the FBI. Reps. Sensenbrenner and Jackson Lee: Letter to FBI (Feb. 25, 2015) https://epic.org/redirect/022916-house-stingray-letter.html EPIC: EPIC v. FBI - Stingray / Cell Site Simulator https://epic.org/foia/fbi/stingray/ ======================================================================= [7] EPIC in the News ======================================================================= "Opinion: If Apple loses, bid privacy goodbye," by EPIC Senior Counsel Alan Butler. Newsday, Feb. 29, 2016. http://www.newsday.com/opinion/if-apple-loses-bid-privacy-goodbye- 1.11514555 "Why a Push for Online Privacy Is Bogged Down in Washington." The New York Times, Feb. 28, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/29/technology/obamas-effort-on- consumer-privacy-falls-short-critics-say.html "MasterCard's selfie security: What could possibly go wrong?" Engadget, Feb. 26, 2016. http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/26/mastercards-selfie-security- what-could-possibly-go-wrong/ "The core of Apple's argument." TribLive, Feb. 26, 2016. http://triblive.com/opinion/qanda/9966051-74/apple-fbi-privacy "Behind the scenes, an epic showdown between Apple and the feds." Yahoo Finance, Feb. 24, 2016. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/behind-the-scenes--an-epic-showdown- between-apple-and-the-feds-192820082.html "Privacy Concerns Grow as Insurance Companies Track Drivers on Smartphones." NBC News 10 Philadelphia, Feb. 24, 2016. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Privacy-Concerns-Grow-as- Insurance-Companies-Track-Drivers-on-Smartphones-369880091 .html#ixzz41JzJYWyi "Winds of change are grounding drone sales." NorthJersey.com, Feb. 22, 2016. http://www.northjersey.com/news/winds-of-change-are-grounding- drone-sales-1.1516178 "Border Program Must Face Watchdog's Scrutiny." Courthouse News, Feb. 22, 2016. http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/02/22/border-program-must- face-watchdogs-scrutiny.htm "Google's student privacy policies called into question." Mountain View [CA] News, Feb. 19, 2016. http://mv-voice.com/news/2016/02/19/googles-student-privacy- policies-called-into-question "The conflict between Apple and the FBI has a long history--and your privacy is at stake." Los Angeles Times, Feb. 19, 2016. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-mh-the-conflict-between- apple-and-the-fbi-20160219-column.html "Influencers: Apple should not help FBI crack San Bernardino iPhone." Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 19, 2016. http://passcode.csmonitor.com/influencers-apple "How a Philadelphia union turned drone technology into a key tool for protest." The Guardian, Feb. 19, 2016. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/feb/19/philadelphia- union-strike-international-brotherhood-of-electrical-workers- private-drones-activism "LinkNYC's New Free Network Is Blazing Fast. But At What Cost to Privacy?" Motherboard, Feb. 19, 2016 http://motherboard.vice.com/read/linknycs-new-free-network-is- blazing-fast-but-at-what-cost-to-privacy "Profit or patriotism? What's driving fight between US, Apple." Fox Channel 5 DC, Feb. 18, 2016. http://www.fox5dc.com/news/93707231-story "Why Using the 'Cloud' Can Undermine Data Protections." NASDAQ.com, Feb. 18, 2016. http://www.nasdaq.com/article/why-using-the-cloud-can-undermine- data-protections-20160218-01403#ixzz41KRaqKLX "Apple Is Right to Oppose the FBI: Rotenberg [video]." Bloomberg Business, Feb. 18, 2016. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-02-18/apple-is-right- to-oppose-the-fbi-rotenberg "Apple Letter on iPhone Security Draws Muted Tech Industry Response." The New York Times, Feb. 18, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/19/technology/tech-reactions-on- apple-highlight-issues-with-government-requests.html "Tim Cook hits back at 'chilling' order for iPhone 'backdoor'." CNET, Feb. 17, 2016. http://www.cnet.com/news/tim-cook-apple-fbi-iphone-backdoor- terrorists-san-bernardino/ "A Privacy Advocate's View Of Ordering Apple To Help Unlock Shooter's iPhone." NPR's "Morning Edition," Feb. 17, 2016. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/02/17/467058710/ a-privacy-advocates-view-of-ordering-apple-to-help-unlock-shooters -iphone "Tim Cook just escalated Apple's fight with the FBI and his own role as corporate activist." The Washington Post, Feb. 17, 2016. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/02/17/tim- cook-retakes-the-stage-as-corporate-activist-in-apple-stare-down- with-fbi/ 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.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 ======================================================================= March 9, 2016 "The Culture of Privacy and Data Protection in the EU and the U.S." Marc Rotenberg, EPIC President Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany http://politik-digital.de/events/the-culture-of-privacy-and-data- protection-in-the-eu-and-the-us-148451/ March 9, 2016 “Perspectives from the UK and USA: Are We Striking the Right Balance Between Security and Individual Freedoms?” Chip Pitts, EPIC Chair Human Rights Lawyers Association London, UK http://www.hrla.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Notre-Dame-Flyer1.pdf March 11, 2016 "Securing Elections in the 21st Century" Marc Rotenberg, EPIC President Election Verification Network Washington, DC http://electionverification.org/2016-annual-conference/ Apri 1-2, 2016 “We Robot” University of Miami Newman Alumni Center Miami, FL http://robots.law.miami.edu/2016/ April 20 - April 21, 2016 34th Social Science Research Conference: "The Invasive Other" Speaker: EPIC President Marc Rotenberg The New School New York, NY http://events.newschool.edu/event/the_invasive_other_-_34th_social_ research_conference_-_day_1#.VquI_VMrKIZ June 6, 2016 Data Protection 2016 National Press Club Washington, DC https://www.dataprotection2016.org/ June 6, 2016 EPIC 2016 Champions of Freedom Awards Event National Press Club Washington, DC Registration Now Open https://www.epic.orh/june6/ June 21, 2016 CSISAC Forum In conjunction with OECD Ministerial Conference Cancun, Mexico http://csisac.org/events/cancun16/ ======================================================================= Join EPIC on Facebook and Twitter ======================================================================= Join the Electronic Privacy Information Center on Facebook and Twitter: http://facebook.com/epicprivacy http://twitter.com/epicprivacy Start a discussion on privacy. 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