Statements

  • EPIC Statement on Reported Section 702 Reauthorization Vote

    New media reports indicate that Speaker Johnson plans to bring a new bill to the House floor this week that would reauthorize FISA Section 702, the controversial warrantless surveillance program.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements

  • EPIC Statement on Passage of FY24 NDAA Extending FISA Section 702

    Today, the House passed the FY ’24 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains an extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) until April 19, 2024. EPIC and our coalition opposed such an extension, arguing that it was both unnecessary and would enable the government to seek a new year-long certification before the FISA Court, further extending Section 702 surveillance into 2025.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements

  • EPIC Statement on the Introduction of the Protect Liberty and End Warrantless Surveillance Act (PLEWSA)

    • FISA Section 702

    • Privacy Laws

    • Proposed U.S. Legislation

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements

  • EPIC Statement on the Introduction of the Traveler Privacy Protection Act

    Today, Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced the Traveler Privacy Protection Act, which would prohibit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from using facial recognition.

    • Face Surveillance & Biometrics

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Traveler Screening & Border Surveillance

    • Statements

  • EPIC Statement on the Mass Surveillance Program Known as Data Analytical Services

    EPIC released the following statements following Wired’s story revealing new details about the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Hemisphere program, now known as Data Analytical Services (DAS):

    • FISA Section 702

    • Government Databases

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements

  • EPIC Statement on the Introduction of the Government Surveillance Reform Act (GSRA)

    Today, Senators Ron Wyden and Mike Lee, as well as Representatives Warren Davidson and Zoe Lofgren, introduced the Government Surveillance Reform Act (GSRA), a sweeping bipartisan, bicameral bill that would rein in the growing ecosystem of warrantless government surveillance authorities as part of reauthorizing Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is due to expire on December 31. 

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements

  • EPIC, Coalition Statement on PCLOB 702 Report

    Today, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) issued its long-awaited report on Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The report, endorsed by a majority of the Board’s members, sheds new light on abuses over the past few years, revealing that, “[i]n the reporting period covering November 2020 to December 2021, non-compliant queries related to civil unrest numbered in the tens of thousands.”

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements

  • EPIC, Coalition Statement Following Meeting with DNI Haines, Senior Intelligence Community Officials

    Over a dozen privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties groups from across the political spectrum met yesterday with Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines and other high ranking intelligence community officials to discuss Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA 702), and connected surveillance issues such as data purchases and surveillance pursuant to Executive Order 12333.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements

  • EPIC Statement on Adalytics YouTube Advertising Report

    • Children's Privacy

    • Data Protection

    • Statements