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…

Federal Circuit Continues to Screw Up Copyright Law and Thwart Innovation

In a surprising decision that should terrify software developers, the Federal Circuit held today that Google’s use in its Android mobile operating system of Java API labels infringed Oracle’s copyright. Rejecting both the jury verdict, the district court’s holding, and established law, the appellate court…

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…

EPIC to File Brief in D.C. Circuit on Right to Information Privacy

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

Appellate Court Issues Encouraging Border Search Opinion

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in U.S. v. Molina-Isidoro recently issued an encouraging opinion related to the digital privacy of travelers crossing the U.S. border. EFF filed an amicus brief last year in the case, arguing that the Supreme Court’s decision…

EPIC Urges Appeals Court to Uphold Fourth Amendment Protections for Searches of Students’ Cell Phones

EPIC has filed an amicus brief with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Jackson v. McCurry, stating that teachers may not search a student’s cell phone unless they have followed an explicit school policy that complies with Fourth Amendment requirements. Citing a recent Supreme…

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Has New Opportunity to Protect Device Privacy at the Border

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has a new opportunity to strengthen personal privacy at the border. When courts recognize and strengthen our Fourth Amendment rights against warrantless, suspicionless searches of our electronic devices at the border, it’s an important check on the…

Second Circuit Gouges TVEyes With Terrible Fair Use Ruling

In a decision that threatens legitimate fair uses, the Second Circuit ruled against part of the service offered by TVEyes, which creates a text-searchable database of broadcast content from thousands of television and radio stations in the United States and worldwide. The service is invaluable…

Court of Appeals Restores FTC’s Authority Over ISPs

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in FTC v. AT&T that the Federal Trade Commission can regulate telephone and internet companies, reversing an earlier decision by a three-judge panel that stripped the FTC of its authority over “common carriers.” The full Ninth Circuit…

D.C. Circuit to Hear Arguments in EPIC Drone Privacy Case

EPIC v FAA drones D.C. Circuit to Hear Arguments in EPIC Drone Privacy Case The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments this week in EPIC v. FAA, a lawsuit concerning the FAA’s failure to establish privacy rules for commercial drones….

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