Tag: Section 702

  • Data Broker Helped Anti-Abortion Group Target Planned Parenthood Visitors, Wyden Letter Reveals

    A letter from Senator Wyden published today revealed that Near Intelligence, a location data broker, tracked individuals’ visits to nearly 600 Planned Parenthood locations to feed a massive anti-abortion ad campaign. Senator Wyden sent the letter Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission asking the agencies to investigate the company, which claims to have information on 1.6 billion people across 44 countries.

    • Data Protection

    • FISA Section 702

    • Location Tracking

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • 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

  • DHS Disregards Internal Policies and Avoids Fourth Amendment Protections to Track Your Location

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published a report on DHS’ use of Commercial Telemetry Data (CTD). CTD, in brief, is data collected from mobile devices by private entities that can form a detailed timeline of the device’s location over the period of time contained in the dataset. The OIG report found that Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the United States Secret Service (USSS) bought and used CTD in violation of their own meager internal privacy policies.

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Analysis

  • Assessing the Field of Section 702 Reform (and Anti-Reform) Bills

    As 2023 comes to a close, the debate over reauthorizing Section 702 remains heated. However, because of Congress’s disappointing and unnecessary “temporary” extension of Section 702 as part of the National Defense Reauthorization Act (NDAA), there is likely to be no further movement on the reform debate until early 2024—that is, if the administration does not get a new, year-long certification further punting reform debates into 2025. Ahead of further debate, EPIC assesses the current proposals for reauthorizing Section 702.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Analysis

  • 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, Brennan Center, CDT: New HPSCI Bill Reauthorizing Section 702 Is “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”

    EPIC joined the Brennan Center for Justice an the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) in issuing a one-pager on the FISA Reform and Reauthorization Act of 2023, the newly-introduced bill to reauthorize FISA Section 702 by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The one-pager details how the FISA Reform and Reauthorization Act is an "anti-reform bill in disguise" that would in fact expand surveillance conducted pursuant to Section 702, including by:

    • FISA Section 702

    • Privacy Laws

    • Proposed U.S. Legislation

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • 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, Coalition Call on Key Lawmakers to Not Allow Section 702 Reauthorization to Slip into NDAA

    EPIC and a coalition of privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights groups urged key lawmakers including the Majority and Minority Leaders of both the House and Senate, to not allow any reauthorization of FISA Section 702 to be slipped into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in conference.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • EPIC, Coalition Oppose Any Short-Term Reauthorization of Section 702

    EPIC and a coalition of privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights groups urged Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to refrain from including any short-term reauthorization of FISA Section 702 in the continuing resolution or any other “must-pass” legislation.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Privacy Laws

    • Proposed U.S. Legislation

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • EPIC Publishes Quick Guide to the Government Surveillance Reform Act (GSRA)

    Yesterday, EPIC published a Quick Guide to the Government Surveillance Reform Act (GSRA), exploring key provisions of the sweeping, bicameral, bipartisan bill and why they matter. The Quick Guide includes important context for each of the key provisions, as well as commentary on how the GSRA would prohibit harmful surveillance practices and close statutory loopholes.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Privacy Laws

    • Proposed U.S. Legislation

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates