EPIC FOIA: EPIC Obtains CBP Drone Operations and Privacy Directive

Through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, EPIC obtained Customs and Border Protection’s directive on Unmanned Aircraft System Operations and Privacy. The directive allows the agency to disseminate information collected through drone operations with federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign law enforcement agencies. EPIC’s FOIA…

Presidential Commission to Delete State Voter Data Wrongfully Obtained

EPIC and a coalition of groups gave the White House the final go-ahead today to destroy the state voter data unlawfully collected by the Presidential Election Commission. In a notice to the federal court overseeing EPIC v. Commission, EPIC and the other groups that sued…

For House Hearing, EPIC Urges FTC to Unwind WhatsApp Deal, Enforce Facebook Consent Order

EPIC has sent a statement to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in advance of a hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission.” EPIC told the Committee to urge the new FTC leadership to enforce the Facebook Consent Order and unwind the Facebook-WhatsApp merger…

EPIC Urges FAA to Make Drone Committee Meetings Accessible to the Public

EPIC wrote to FAA Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell today to request that the agency livestream the FAA Drone Advisory Committee meeting that takes place tomorrow in Santa Clara. Earlier this year, EPIC filed suit against the Drone Committee, alleging that it had conducted much…

EPIC To Congress: 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 Urges Supreme Court to Protect Internet Users in Controversial Class Action Settlement

EPIC has filed an amicus brief in Frank v. Gaos, concerning a class action settlement that provided no benefit to Internet users and no change in the business practices of defendant Google. EPIC said the settlement was not “fair, reasonable, and adequate.” The case involves…

EPIC Asks FTC and EDPB to Suspend Transfer of Facebook User Data to Social Science One

EPIC has sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission and the European Data Protection Board urging the suspension of a proposed study that will disclose user data to third parties without their consent. EPIC warned that the Social Science One project transfer likely violates…

Federal Court Upholds Regulations for Drone Hobbyists

In a companion case to EPIC v. FAA, the D.C. Circuit ruled in Taylor v. FAA that the regulations for drones operated by hobbyists are within the agency’s statutory authority. The D.C. Circuit previously ruled that EPIC lacked standing to compel the FAA to establish…

EPIC Joins Coalition Urging Congress to Investigate Destruction of Records on Family Separation

EPIC and a coalition of organizations sent a letter to Congress urging an investigation of the Department of Homeland Security’s records management practices. The concern follows the administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement policy and family unification efforts. Recent reports indicate that border agents are improperly destroying…

EPIC to European Data Protection Board: GDPR Certifications Should Uphold Rights Above Privacy Seals

In the first public consultation held by the European Data Protection Board, EPIC proposed a rights-based certification criteria for the General Data Protection Regulation. The Data Protection Board is now the lead privacy agency in Europe. EPIC explained the risks of self-regulatory certification mechanisms, pointing…