EPIC Urges Senate to Include Consumer Privacy Advocates in Hearings on Consumer Privacy

In advance of a hearing on “Examining Safeguards for Consumer Data Privacy,” EPIC has sent a brief statement to the Senate Commerce Committee, expressing “deep concern that not a single consumer group was invited to testify at this week’s hearing.” The Senate Commerce hearing follows…

EPIC Seeks Injunction to Compel Release of Kavanaugh Records

EPIC has filed a motion seeking a preliminary injunction against the National Archives to compel the release of Brett Kavanaugh’s White House records about warrantless surveillance and the Patriot Act. EPIC argues that these records are essential to understand Kavanaugh’s views on privacy, and must…

EPIC, Consumer Groups Urge Senate Commerce to Invite Privacy Witnesses to Privacy Hearing

EPIC joined a coalition of 28 consumer privacy groups in a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and ranking member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) that asked te Senators to include consumer advocates in an upcoming hearing on consumer privacy. At this time, the…

EPIC FOIA Docs Show FBI and CBP Accessed “Hemisphere” Records

The Drug Enforcement Agency has released to EPIC a new FOIA production about the AT&T “Hemisphere” program. Hemisphere is a massive call records database made available to government agents by the nation’s largest telecommunication company. AT&T discloses to the government billions of detailed customer phone…

EPIC Sues for Release of Kavanaugh White House Records on Warrantless Surveillance, Patriot Act

EPIC has filed a lawsuit to compel the National Archives and Records Administration to release Brett Kavanaugh’s White House records about warrantless surveillance and the Patriot Act. EPIC’s lawsuit follows the agency’s failure to respond to EPIC’s two urgent Freedom of Information Act requests. In…

EPIC v. IRS: D.C. Circuit Hears Arguments in FOIA Case for Trump’s Tax Returns

The D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments today in EPIC v. IRS, EPIC’s Freedom of Information Act case to obtain public release of President Trump’s tax returns. EPIC argued that the IRS has the authority, under a provision known as “(k)(3),” to disclose the President’s returns…

EPIC Asks Senate Committee for Delay on Kavanaugh Vote, Seeks Records Release

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, EPIC has urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone the vote in the Executive Business Meeting on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, pending the release of documents concerning the development, defense, and promotion of surveillance programs…

EPIC FOIA: EPIC Obtains Facebook Privacy Documents

In response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the Federal Trade Commission has released supplemental materials from the biennial Facebook audits (production 1, production 2, production 3, production 4). The audits were required by the FTC’s 2011 Consent Order with Facebook. The documents…

D.C. Circuit to Hear Arguments in EPIC v. IRS, FOIA Case for Trump’s Tax Returns

The D.C. Circuit will hear arguments on Thursday, September 13 in EPIC v. IRS, EPIC’s Freedom of Information Act case to obtain public release of President Trump’s tax returns. Live audio of the arguments will be streamed from this link at or around 9:30 a.m….

EPIC To Congress: Urge Social Media Platforms to be Transparent about Russia Hacking

In advance of a hearing on “Foreign Influence Operations’ Use of Social Media Platforms,” EPIC has sent a statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. EPIC said that the American public must be given more information about the extent of Russian interference in the…