EPIC Sues FTC for Release of Facebook’s Audits

EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain the release of the unredacted Facebook Assessments from the FTC. The FTC Consent Order. required Facebook to provide to the FTC biennial assessments conducted by an independent auditor. In March, EPIC filed a Freedom…

Tax Day: EPIC Files Second Lawsuit to Obtain Trump Tax Records

EPIC has filed a second Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain President Trump’s tax records. EPIC is seeking information about IRS settlements involving the President and his businesses—information which the agency is required to disclose to the public upon request. The IRS agreed to…

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…

EPIC Sues to Enforce Transparency Obligations of FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee

EPIC has filed suit to enforce the open government obligations of the Drone Advisory Committee, an industry-dominated committee that advises the Federal Aviation Administration on U.S. drone policy. For over a year, the Committee has conducted much of its work in secret and ignored the…

New Hampshire Court: First Amendment Protects Criticism of “Patent Troll”

A New Hampshire state court has dismissed a defamation suit filed by a patent owner unhappy that it had been called a “patent troll.” The court ruled [PDF] that the phrase “patent troll” and other rhetorical characterizations are not the type of factual statements that…

EPIC Sues ICE Over Technology Used to Conduct Warrantless Searches of Mobile Devices

EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement for details of the agency’s use of mobile forensic technology to conduct warrantless searches of mobile devices. ICE has contracts with a company called Cellebrite for techniques to unlock, decrypt, and…

UPDATE – EPIC, Consumer Groups Urge FTC to Investigate Facebook’s Use of Facial Recognition

EPIC and a coalition of consumer groups have filed a complaint with the FTC, charging that Facebook’s use of facial recognition techniques threaten user privacy and “in multiple ways” violate the 2011 Consent Order with the Commission. “The scanning of facial images without express, affirmative…

Feds Prosecute Staff of Encrypted Phone Company

Police have arrested and filed criminal charges against the CEO of a Canadian company that sold security hardened Blackberry and Samsung cell phones that were modified to protect privacy through the use of message encryption and the removal of unnecessary and potentially vulnerable hardware. Four…

EPIC Sues AccuWeather for Deceptively Tracking Consumers

EPIC has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against AccuWeather for deceptively tracking the location of subscribers who downloaded the company’s app. In papers filed in the District of Columbia, EPIC charged that AccuWeather tracked consumers even when they expressly opted out of location tracking. EPIC…

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…

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