EPIC, Coalition Warn Australian Bill Would Weaken Encryption

EPIC and a coalition of civil society organizations told the Australian Parliament that pending legislation would weaken digital security and increase the risks to human rights. The proposal is one of several that promotes weak encryption for digital services. In 2016, Apple refused a demand…

EPIC Files Appeals with D.C. Circuit, Seeks Release of ‘Predictive Analytics Report’

EPIC has appealed a federal district court decision for the release of a “Predictive Analytics Report.” The district court backed the Department of Justice when the agency claimed the “presidential communications privilege.” But neither the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nor the Supreme Court has…

EPIC FOIA: EPIC Obtains Secure Flight Documents

In response to EPIC’s Freedom of Information Act request, the Transportation Security Administration has released records about Secure Flight, a program that compares airline passenger records with various watch lists. The documents provided to EPIC contain an interagency agreement between the TSA and Customs and…

U.S. Senate Confirms EPIC Advisory Board Member Ed Felten to PCLOB

The Senate last night confirmed Advisory Board Member Ed Felten to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Professor Felten is a former Chief Technology Officer for the FTC and former Deputy White House Science Advisor. Felten’s confirmation, along with two others, establishes…

In EPIC Suit, National Archives Identifies Thousands of Kavanaugh E-mails on Surveillance Programs

In EPIC’s Freedom of Information Act suit, the National Archives has now identified thousands of additional records concerning Justice Kavanaugh’s role in controversial White House surveillance programs, including warrantless wiretapping and the Patriot Act. These programs were later suspended, curtailed, or modified by Congress. The…

International Privacy Convention Open for Signature

The Council of Europe has opened for signature updates to Convention 108, the international Privacy Convention. Among other changes, the modernized Convention requires prompt data breach notification, establishes national supervisory authorities to ensure compliance, permits transfers abroad only when personal data is sufficiently protected, and…

Public Voice Seeks Comments on AI Guidelines

In advance of an international conference with privacy commissioners from around the world, the Public Voice, a civil society coalition, is seeking comments on Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence. The draft Guidelines set out several principles to “guide the design and use of AI,” including a…

Registration Opens for Public Voice Symposium on AI and Ethics

EPIC and the Public Voice, a coalition of civil society organizations, will host a symposium in Brussels on AI and ethics on October 23, 2018. Speakers for “AI, Ethics, and Fundamental Rights” include Professor Anita Allen, European Data Protection Board Chair Andrea Jelinek, UK Information…

EPIC Tells Senate U.S. Faces Data Protection “Crisis”

In advance of a hearing on consumer privacy, EPIC told the Senate Commerce Committee that America is facing a data protection “crisis.” EPIC highlighted recent breaches at Google and Facebook, coupled with the FTC’s failure to enforce its own consent orders, and said the system…