Supreme Court Vacates Microsoft Email Privacy Case

The Supreme Court has vacated United States v. Microsoft, a case concerning whether a U.S. communications law can be used by a U.S. law enforcement agency to obtain personal data stored outside of the U.S. While the case was pending, the Congress quickly passed the…

Protecting Email Privacy—A Battle We Need to Keep Fighting

We filed an amicus brief in a federal appellate case called United States v. Ackerman Friday, arguing something most of us already thought was a given—that the Fourth Amendment protects the contents of your emails from warrantless government searches. Email and other electronic communications can…

D.C. Circuit Won’t Fix Deeply Flawed Ruling in EPIC’s Case Against Presidential Election Commission

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to void an earlier ruling in EPIC’s case to halt the collection of state voter data by the Presidential Election Commission. Although the Commission was disbanded in January, last year’s decision by a three-judge panel of the…

DC Circuit Sets Briefing Schedule in Information Privacy Case

The D.C. Circuit has set the briefing schedule for the OPM Data Security Breach case, concerning a pair of data breaches in 2015 that affected 22 million federal employees, their friends, and family members. EPIC recently informed the Court that it will file an amicus…

20-Year-Old Charged With Possession of Darknet Drugs in Bedroom

An investigation into a homicide case led authorities to the doorstep of Joseph Benner who appeared to have supplied Xanax pills ordered from a Darknet marketplace to his victim. An investigation revealed that Benner was well familiar with the online marketplace considering the fact that…

Stupid Patent of the Month: A Token of Troll Appreciation

In 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case that, for the most part, banned the kind of “do it on a computer” style patents that have plagued the U.S. patent system for decades. Ever since then, IP maximalists have been doing whatever they can…

D.C. Circuit Affirms “Consent” Protection in FCC Robocall Rule

A federal appeals court ruled today in a closely watched case concerning robocalls. The rule under review in ACA International v. FCC concerned the FCC’s regulations for the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. EPIC filed a friend of the court brief in the case in support…

Three US Naval Cadets under Investigation for Dealing in Drug Trade on Darknet

The US authorities have launched a thorough investigation into a darknet drug case involving three US naval cadets. The US Naval Academy located near Washington in Annapolis fished out three cadets, accused of selling illicit drugs and accepting payment in Bitcoin using a Darknet marketplace….

EPIC v. IRS: EPIC Urges D.C. Circuit to Green-Light Release of President Trump’s Tax Returns

EPIC has filed the opening brief in its case to obtain President Trump’s tax returns. EPIC told the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that the IRS has the authority to disclose the President’s returns to correct numerous misstatements of fact concerning his financial ties to…

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