Surveillance Oversight

  • 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

  • The American Prospect: The Final Act on Government Surveillance 

    • FISA Section 702

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • News

  • 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

  • EPIC Urges Commission on Civil Rights to Consider the Risks of Ubiquitous Facial Recognition Technology

    In comments to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, EPIC described the issues with federal law enforcement use of facial recognition technology and explained how the use of facial recognition for identity verification will lead to ubiquitous use of the technology that law enforcement will use for expanded surveillance.

    • Face Surveillance & Biometrics

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • Comments of EPIC to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on Facial Recognition Technology

    • Face Surveillance & Biometrics

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Comments