Court Blocks EPIC’s Efforts to Obtain “Predictive Analytics Report”

A federal court in the District of Columbia has blocked EPIC’s efforts to obtain a secret “Predictive Analytics Report” in a FOIA case against the Department of Justice. The court sided with the agency which had withheld the report and claimed the “Presidential communications privilege.”…

EPIC, Consumer Groups Urge FTC to conclude Facebook Investigation

EPIC and a coalition of consumer groups have asked the FTC to conclude the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica investigation by September 1, 2018. The groups said, “It is critical that the FTC conclude the Facebook matter, issue a significant fine, and ensure that the company upholds its…

EPIC FOIA: EPIC Obtains DOD Inspector General Audits of Hotline Allegations

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, EPIC has obtained the Department of Defense’s Inspector General report on audit of hotline allegations involving improper use of agency funds for foreign counterintelligence billets. The report found that the Defense Intelligence Agency followed proper appropriation authorities but…

EPIC Urges Senate Committee to Press FCC on Privacy

EPIC has sent a statement to the Senate Commerce Committee for a hearing on the Federal Communications Commission. EPIC urged the Committee to push the FCC to protect online privacy. EPIC also asked the Committee to press the FCC to repeal a regulation that requires…

D.C. Circuit Announces Panel in EPIC v. IRS, FOIA Case for Trump’s Tax Returns

The D.C. Circuit has announced the three-judge panel that will decide EPIC v. IRS, EPIC’s Freedom of Information Act case to obtain public release of President Trump’s tax returns. Arguments will be held in the case on Thursday, September 13, 2018 before Judge Karen LeCraft…

EPIC Comments on Second Annual Privacy Shield Review

EPIC provided comments to the European Commission to inform the second annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, a framework that permits the processing of the personal data of Europeans in the United States. EPIC detailed the latest privacy developments in the U.S., including the…

Following EPIC Comments, FTC Strengthens Safeguards for Kids’ Data in Gaming Industry

The FTC has unanimously voted to approve EPIC’s recommendations to strengthen safeguards for children’s data in the gaming industry. In a 5-0 vote, the FTC adopted EPIC’s proposals to revise the Entertainment Software Rating Board’s industry rules to (1) extend children’s privacy protections in COPPA…

International Privacy Experts Adopt Recommendations for Cross-Border Law Enforcement Requests for Data

The International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications has adopted new recommendations to protect individual rights during criminal cross-border law enforcement. The Berlin-based Working Group includes Data Protection Authorities and experts who assess emerging privacy challenges. The Working Group on Data Protection calls on…

Two More Nominees for Intelligence Oversight Board

The White House announced the nomination of two board members to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). Travis LeBlanc is a partner at Boies Schiller, and former Federal Communications Commission Enforcement Bureau Chief. Aditya Bamzai is a law professor at the University of…

Kavanaugh White House Counsel: PATRIOT Act, “measured, careful, responsible, and constitutional approach”

On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee released the first production of records for Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh’s from his time as associate counsel for George W. Bush. Roughly 5,700 pages of documents were made available to the public. The documents show that Kavanaugh…