EPIC Urges Congress to Regulate the Internet of Things

In advance of a hearing on the Internet of Things (IoT), EPIC wrote to Congress on the need for privacy and security regulations for IoT consumer products. EPIC explained that regulation is necessary “because neither the manufacturers nor the owners of those devices have incentive…

EPIC To Senate Judiciary: Privacy Is Integral to Democracy

In advance of a hearing on Cambridge Analytica and the Future of Data Privacy, EPIC has sent a statement to the Seante Judiciary Committee. EPIC said that “It has become increasingly clear that even as we are asked to give up our privacy, companies have…

EPIC Warns of Privacy Act Obligations for Potential Federal Database of Food Aid Recipients

In advance of a hearing on “Program Integrity for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” EPIC has sent a statement to the House Oversight Committee. A provision of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 would establish a federal database of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients…

EPIC Advises Senate on Drone Privacy Issues

In advance of a Senate hearing “Keeping Pace with Innovation – Update on the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the Airspace,” EPIC submitted a statement to inform the committee of EPIC’s ongoing work to establish transparency and oversight for the use of unmanned…

EPIC Urges Congress to Require Algorithmic Transparency For Dominant Internet Firms

In advance of a hearing on Filtering Practices of Social Media Companies, EPIC has sent a statement to the House Judiciary Committee. EPIC said that “algorithmic transparency” could help establish fairness, transparency, and accountability for much of what users see online. In 2011, EPIC sent…

EPIC to Congress: Enhanced Surveillance at Border Will Impact Rights of U.S. Citizens

EPIC has sent a statement to the House Homeland Security Committee in advance of a hearing with the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. EPIC urged the Committee to ask the CBP Commissioner about the collection of biometric data at US airports. EPIC described the…

EPIC Tells House Committee: Require Transparency for Government Use of AI

In advance of a hearing on “Game Changers: Artificial Intelligence Part III, Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy,” EPIC told the House Oversight Committee that Congress must implement oversight mechanisms for the use of AI by federal agencies. EPIC said that Congress should require algorithmic transparency,…

EPIC Supports Additional Regulation of Robocalls

In advance of a hearing on “Abusive Robocalls and How We Can Stop Them” EPIC recommended reforms that would combat fraud while protecting privacy. EPIC supports regulations that would (1) allow phone providers to proactively block numbers that are unassigned, unallocated, or invalid; (2) block…

EPIC Tells Congress to Consider Census Privacy Risks

In advance of a hearing on the Census Bureau, EPIC told Congress to consider the privacy issues arising from potential misuse of Census data. After the Department of Commerce announced that the 2020 Census will include a question on citizenship status, many have expressed concerns…