Tag: Section 702

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

    May 14, 2024

    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

  • 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

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

    April 22, 2024

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

    April 16, 2024

    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

    April 12, 2024

    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

    April 10, 2024

    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

  • EPIC, Coalition Urge Opposition to RISAA Absent Votes on Key Reforms

    April 05, 2024

    EPIC and a coalition of privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights groups wrote a letter to Speaker Mike Johnson and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries expressing our strong opposition to the Reforming Intelligence and Securing America Act (RISAA), H.R.7320, and urging them “to oppose its consideration on the House Floor unless members have the opportunity to vote on amendments that were critical components of this legislation’s negotiated introduction” – including amendments to close the backdoor search and data broker loopholes.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • EPIC Seeks Intelligence Agencies’ Responses to Congressional Oversight of FISA Section 702

    April 04, 2024

    Last week, EPIC submitted Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and National Security Agency (NSA) concerning their responses to congressional oversight of FISA Section 702 and other warrantless surveillance practices, including the government’s purchase of information, including Americans’ sensitive data.

  • EPIC Statement on the Introduction of the SAFE Act

    March 14, 2024

    Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Security and Freedom Enhancement Act (the SAFE Act), which would reauthorize and reform FISA Section 702, the government’s controversial warrantless surveillance authority.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements

  • EPIC Statement on New WIRED Report on Section 702

    March 12, 2024

    Today, WIRED reported that HPSCI Chairman Mike Turner (R-OH) invoked the need to search for American protesters’ communications during a briefing on the need to reauthorize Section 702, a controversial and sweeping warrantless surveillance authority.

    • FISA Section 702

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Statements