EPIC Urges Congress to Regulate the Internet of Things

In advance of a hearing on the Internet of Things (IoT), EPIC wrote to Congress on the need for privacy and security regulations for IoT consumer products. EPIC explained that regulation is necessary “because neither the manufacturers nor the owners of those devices have incentive…

Elysium Members Sentenced for Child Abuse in Vienna

During a sentencing hearing at a court in Vienna, two men and one woman received prison sentences for abusing two children, filming the abuse, and subsequently uploading the videos to the darknet child abuse forum “Elysium.” The victims, prosecutors revealed, were the children of two…

EPIC Testifies Before Safety Commission on IoT Privacy Hazards

EPIC testified before the Consumer Product Safety Commission at the hearing on “The Internet of Things and Consumer Product Hazards.” EPIC International Law Counsel Sunny Kang urged the Commission to focus on privacy and security. EPIC’s Kang told the Commission that “IoT is the weakest…

EPIC To Senate Judiciary: Privacy Is Integral to Democracy

In advance of a hearing on Cambridge Analytica and the Future of Data Privacy, EPIC has sent a statement to the Seante Judiciary Committee. EPIC said that “It has become increasingly clear that even as we are asked to give up our privacy, companies have…

EPIC Warns of Privacy Act Obligations for Potential Federal Database of Food Aid Recipients

In advance of a hearing on “Program Integrity for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,” EPIC has sent a statement to the House Oversight Committee. A provision of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 would establish a federal database of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients…

EPIC Advises Senate on Drone Privacy Issues

In advance of a Senate hearing “Keeping Pace with Innovation – Update on the Safe Integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the Airspace,” EPIC submitted a statement to inform the committee of EPIC’s ongoing work to establish transparency and oversight for the use of unmanned…

Platform Censorship Won’t Fix the Internet

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on “The Filtering Practices of Social Media Platforms” on April 26. Public attention to this issue is important: calls for online platform owners to police their members’ speech more heavily inevitably lead to legitimate voices being silenced…

EPIC Urges Congress to 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 to Congress: Enhanced Surveillance at Border Will Impact Rights of U.S. Citizens

EPIC has sent a statement to the House Homeland Security Committee in advance of a hearing with the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. EPIC urged the Committee to ask the CBP Commissioner about the collection of biometric data at US airports. EPIC described the…