Justice Department Releases 2018 FOIA Report

Today the Department of Justice released a summary and assessment of federal agencies’ Chief FOIA Officer Reports. The annual FOIA Report provides a detailed assessment of FOIA processing across the federal government. The summary tracks the Department’s FOIA Guidelines: Applying the Presumption of Openness, Having…

FTC Chair Seeks New Privacy and Data Security Authority

In testimony this morning before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, new Federal Trade Commission Chairman Joseph Simons said the FTC needs greater authority to protect consumers. Simons asserted that privacy and data security are now the top priority for the FTC, and signaled his…

Win for Public Right to Know: Court Vacates Injunction Against Publishing the Law

Industry Groups Want to Control Access to Legal Rules and Regulations San Francisco – A federal appeals court today ruled that industry groups cannot control publication of binding laws and standards. This decision protects the work of Public.Resource.org (PRO), a nonprofit organization that works to…

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…

Guns, guns violence prevention, guns safety, public health

7/11/18 Guns Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments The Federal Bureau of Investigation is planning a major addition to the gun background check system, years after examiners’ failure to locate critical information allowed a white supremacist to buy the gun he used to murder nine…

Maryland Man Charged for Selling Counterfeit Xanax on the Darknet

Federal authorities in Maryland have accused a Baltimore County man of selling millions of dollars worth of counterfeit Xanax pills on the darknet. He faces drug distribution charges, money laundering charges, and an assortment of charges for related crimes. The Baltimore Sun reported that newly…

Californians: Tell Your Assemblymember to Restore Net Neutrality Protections in S.B. 822

While Congress can still, and should, act to save net neutrality on a national scale, federal protections do not exist today. In response, states should use their own leverage to try to keep the Internet free and open. On the first day that the California…

Stupid Patent of the Month: Alleged Cult Leader Wants to “Improve Performance”

In April, Mexican federal police arrested Keith Raniere, taking him from the $10,000-per-week villa where he was staying and extraditing him to New York. According to the NY Daily News, Raniere, leader of self-help group NXIVM (pronounced “nexium”), is now being held without bail while…

Court Orders Defunct Presidential Election Commission to Release Records

A federal court in Washington, DC has ruled that the Presidential Election Commission must release a large volume of records detailing its activities from last year. The ruling, in a case brought by Maine Secretary of State and EPIC Champion of Freedom Matthew Dunlap, requires…

EPIC Testifies at FEC Hearing on Online Political Ads, Urges Greater Transparency

The Federal Election Commission is holding a two day hearing to hear expert testimony on the agency’s proposed rule governing disclosures for political ads on the Internet. Christine Bannan, EPIC Administrative Law and Policy Fellow, will testify on the second day of the hearing. EPIC…