Tag: Surveillance

  • 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

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

    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

    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.

  • What U.S. Regulators can Learn from the EU AI Act

    On March 13, the European Union Parliament passed the Artificial Intelligence Act (“AI Act” or “the Act”), taking the penultimate step in a years-long legislative process. Originally proposed in early 2021, the sweeping, harms-based Act categorizes artificial intelligence systems by preconceived risks to fundamental rights, public safety, and public health into prohibited, high-risk, or low or no-risk systems.

    • AI Policy

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Data Protection

    • Face Surveillance & Biometrics

    • International Privacy

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Analysis

  • EPIC Statement on the Introduction of the SAFE Act

    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

  • Here Comes the Sun(shine Week): Celebrating Some EPIC Open Government Wins

    In celebration of Sunshine Week, EPIC is highlighting some open government successes from the past year.

    • Access to Information

    • AI Policy

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Democracy & Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information Act

    • Government AI Use

    • Government Databases

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Open Government

    • Privacy Impact Assessments

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Analysis

  • EPIC Statement on New WIRED Report on Section 702

    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