Tag: Consumer Privacy

  • EPIC Encourages FinCEN to Center Privacy and Data Security in Consumer Identification Methods

    May 29, 2024

    Yesterday EPIC submitted comments urging the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to require strong privacy and security protections in their Consumer Identification Program (CIP) Rule that governs how banks obtain full Social Security Numbers (SSN) from third-party verifiers when a consumer opens an account or applies for a credit card.

    • Big Data

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Cybersecurity

    • Data Brokers

    • Data Protection

    • Data Security

    • Government Records & Privacy

    • Updates

  • EPIC Urges VT Governor to Sign Vermont Data Privacy Act  

    May 24, 2024

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Data Protection

    • Privacy Laws

    • U.S. State Privacy Laws

    • Updates

  • Senate AI Roadmap Fails to Recognize or Address AI Harms

    May 15, 2024

    • AI Policy

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Big Data

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Data Protection

    • Enforcement of Privacy Laws

    • Government AI Use

    • Social Media Privacy

    • Web Scraping

    • Updates

  • FTC Finalizes Health Breach Notification Rule Modifications, Improving Health Privacy Safeguards for Consumers

    May 6, 2024

    The Federal Trade Commission recently finalized changes to modernize the Health Breach Notification Rule (HBNR), expanding its scope and improving its efficacy to address health privacy and data security risks that fall outside of HIPAA.

    • Cybersecurity

    • Data Protection

    • Data Security

    • Health Privacy

    • Updates

  • Data Brokers Threaten National Security. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Fair Credit Reporting Act Rulemaking Can Reduce the Threat.

    April 30, 2024

    Data brokers—companies that aggregate and sell our personal data—are a well-known threat to privacy. But data brokers do more than degrade our privacy; they also pose a serious threat to national security.

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Data Brokers

    • Analysis

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

    April 29, 2024

    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

  • HHS Issues Final Rule in an Important Effort to Safeguard Reproductive Privacy

    April 24, 2024

    The Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule this week strengthening privacy protections for reproductive health information. The rule extends the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule by prohibiting regulated entities from using or disclosing personal health information for the “mere act of seeking, obtaining, providing, or facilitating reproductive health care.” This is an important reproductive privacy safeguard for millions of Americans, particularly in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision invalidating the constitutional right to abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.

    • Cybersecurity

    • Data Protection

    • Data Security

    • Health Privacy

    • Updates

  • Alive and Kicking: Washington State’s My Health My Data Act Goes into Effect Today

    April 1, 2024

    Today Washington State’s landmark My Health My Data Act (MHMD) goes into effect, marking a new chapter in state regulation of health data. In an age where more and more of our health-related data is being managed through apps, devices, and online services, MHMD imposes strict privacy obligations on companies and creates a private right of action to bolster enforcement.

    • Cybersecurity

    • Data Protection

    • Data Security

    • Health Privacy

    • Privacy Laws

    • U.S. State Privacy Laws

    • Analysis

  • EPIC Urges the NTIA to Tackle Privacy Harms, Bias, and Regulatory Hurdles in New Comment on AI Model Openness

    March 28, 2024

    Yesterday, EPIC submitted comments to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in response to its request for comments on the risks and benefits of dual-use foundation models with widely available model weights, highlighting key privacy, bias, and regulatory hurdles that both closed and open AI models must overcome.

    • AI Policy

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Commercial AI Use

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Data Brokers

    • Government AI Use

    • Web Scraping

    • Updates

  • Vermont House Unanimously Passes Vermont Data Privacy Act 

    March 22, 2024

    The Vermont House of Representatives unanimously passed the Vermont Data Privacy Act (H.121). EPIC testified in support of the bill earlier this spring.

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Data Protection

    • Privacy Laws

    • U.S. State Privacy Laws

    • Updates