Intelligence Surveillance

  • EPIC, Coalition Call on Government to Declassify Type of Company at Issue in New FISA Definition

    On May 9, EPIC joined a coalition of over 20 civil society organizations in calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to declassify the type of service provider at issue in a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) proceeding that led Congress to expand the universe of companies subject to compelled cooperation under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • ODNI Releases Framework for Commercially Available Information

    On May 8, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its framework for commercially available information. The new framework sets out guidelines for intelligence agencies’ purchase and use of commercial data, but does not restrict the types of data—such as location or web browsing information—agencies may purchase.

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • EPIC Applauds FTC Prohibition Against Avast’s Disclosure of Sensitive Information for Advertising Purposes

    Avast marketed software to consumers that the company promised would limit tracking online by blocking invasive third-party cookies. But even as it promised privacy protection, Avast collected and sold consumers’ sensitive browsing information to third parties.

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Data Protection

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • EPIC Statement on Final Passage of Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act (RISAA)

    On Friday, the Senate passed the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act (RISAA), H.R. 7888, which reauthorizes and expands FISA Section 702 for a period of two years.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements

  • EPIC Comments to DOJ Regarding ANPRM on Access to Americans’ Bulk Sensitive Personal Data and Government Related Data by Countries of Concern

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) submits these comments in response to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Provisions Regarding Access to Americans' Bulk Sensitive Personal Data and Government-Related Data by Countries of Concern, published on March 5, 2024,1 which responds to President Biden’s Executive Order on Preventing Access to Americans’ Bulk Sensitive Personal Data and United States Government-Related Data by Countries of Concern (EO 14117).2

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Data Brokers

    • Data Protection

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • International Privacy

    • Location Tracking

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • APA Comments

  • EPIC Statement on House Passage of Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act

    Today, the House passed the Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale Act, H.R.4639, which would prohibit intelligence agencies and law enforcement from purchasing Americans’ data without a warrant.

    • Fourth Amendment

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Privacy Laws

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • U.S. Privacy Laws

    • Statements

  • EPIC, Coalition Urge Opposition to RISAA, “Terrifying” Expansion of FISA Section 702

    EPIC and a coalition of privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights groups wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Judiciary Chair Richard Durbin, and Senate Intel Chair Mark Warner, expressing our strong opposition to the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act (RISAA), H.R.7888, which would dramatically expand the government’s warrantless surveillance powers.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • EPIC Statement on House Passage of RISAA

    Today, the House voted 273-147 to pass the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act (RISAA) (H.R.7888), House leadership’s “compromise” bill to reauthorize FISA Section 702.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements

  • EPIC Statement on Failed Rules Vote on RISAA

    Today, the House voted down a rule that would have brought the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act (RISAA) (H.R.7888), House leadership’s “compromise” bill to reauthorize FISA Section 702, to the House floor tomorrow. This comes after House leadership amended the bill’s base text to exclude a previously agreed-upon amendment to prevent law enforcement and intelligence agencies from purchasing Americans’ sensitive data.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements

  • Comments of EPIC in re the Federal Trade Commission’s Proposed Consent Order with Avast, Ltd. et al.

    EPIC commends the Commission for using its authority to investigate and take enforcement actions against companies like Avast engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, especially where companies wrongfully profit from the selling of web browsing data and other sensitive information. Avast exploited users’ desire for privacy protections by promising that its software would block tracking technologies that collect browsing information—while selling such data itself. We support the Commission’s enforcement action against Avast, and we offer two recommendations to make the final Order even stronger: (1) the Commission should extend the core prohibition of the Order to cover sales or disclosures of browsing data for other purposes, such as sales of data to government contractors for national security purposes; and (2) the Commission should incorporate a comprehensive data minimization framework with express collection, processing, transfer, and retention limits.

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Data Brokers

    • Data Protection

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Comments