EPIC has submitted a series of urgent Freedom of Information Act requests for records concerning three witnesses who were scheduled to testify at an oversight hearing next week — Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan, and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates. Chairman Devon Nunes (R-CA), abruptly cancelled the hearing on the Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, a move Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) called "an attempt to choke off public info." In today's FOIA requests, EPIC seeks to make public the information known to the witnesses about the Russian interference that would have presented to Committee members. EPIC is also pursuing related FOIA lawsuits against the FBI and ODNI. For more information about EPIC's latest open government work, visit: https://epic.org/open_gov/.
EPIC's 2017 Champions of Freedom Dinner
EPIC's 2017 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner will take place on June 5, 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. EPIC will honor Carrie Goldberg, Garry Kasparov, and Judge Patricia Wald.
EPIC Launches Democracy & Cybersecurity Campaign
The Electronic Privacy Information Center has launched a new project on Democracy and Cybersecurity. The purpose of the EPIC project is to address growing concerns about cyber attacks on democratic institutions.
EPIC files FOIA suit against FBI
EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation in federal district court in Washington, DC. The case is designated EPIC v. FBI. The complaint states "EPIC challenges the FBI's failure to make a timely decision concerning EPIC's request for expedited processing of the FOIA request for records about the Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential Election."
Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project focused on the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the US and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays exploring the central question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results will be presented by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018.
Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions
EPIC's new book, Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions is an essential reference for policy makers and researchers, journalists and scholars, and others looking for answers to one of the biggest challenges of our modern day. The premise is clear: there’s a problem - let's find a solution.
Privacy Law and Society Casebook, Third Edition
The Third Edition of Privacy Law and Society by Anita Allen and Marc Rotenberg is the most comprehensive casebook on privacy law ever produced. It traces the development of modern privacy law, from the early tort cases to present day disputes over drone surveillance, facial recognition, and the Internet of Things.
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EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2016, EPIC has important work to do on algorithmic transparency, student privacy, and government surveillace, among many other issues. Please donate to EPIC today to help us continue this important work.
EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2017, EPIC has important work to do on algorithmic transparency, student privacy, and government surveillace, among many other issues. Please donate to EPIC today to help us continue this important work.
A federal court in Washington, DC has issued a ruling in EPIC v. DHS, case involving a controversial passenger screening program operated by Customs and Border Protection. Under the program, CBP combines detailed personal information with secret algorithms to assign "risk assessments" to travelers—including US citizens. EPIC sued the DHS for information about the "Analytic Framework for Intelligence" program, and argued that the agency unlawfully withheld records under the Freedom of Information Act. As a consequence of the EPIC FOIA lawsuit, EPIC obtained important documents and prevailed in an earlier phase of the case. However, the Court declined to order the further release of certain training materials for the profiling system EPIC sought. EPIC is currently deciding whether to pursue further a legal challenge to the agency's withholding.
The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the fundamental rights implications of big data. The resolution stresses that "the prospects and opportunities of big data" can only be realized "when public trust in these technologies is ensured by a strong enforcement of fundamental rights and compliance with current EU data protection law." The resolution discusses the importance of data protection, accountability, transparency, data security, and privacy by design. EPIC has warned about the risks of big data and launched campaigns on "Algorithmic Transparency" and data protection.
EPIC Urges Senate Commerce Committee to Back Algorithmic Transparency, Safeguards for Internet of Things »
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EPIC v. ODNI: Seeking release of the Complete ODNI Assessment of the Russian interference with 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
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EPIC has launched a new project on Democracy and Cybersecurity to address growing concerns about cyber attacks on democratic institutions.