Senator Leahy Pursues Questions about Privacy with Judge Kavanaugh

During day three of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s nominations hearings, Senator Patrick Leahy asked Judge Kavanaugh about privacy and government surveillance. (6:20) Senator Leahy stated “In your concurrence in Klayman v. Obama you went out of your way to say that not only is the…

EPIC to FTC: Algorithmic Decision-Making Requires Transparency

EPIC has advised the FTC on algorithmic decision tools, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics for the hearings on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.” In the comments, EPIC urged the FTC to (1) prohibit unfair and deceptive algorithms, (2) seek legislative authority for…

User Privacy Isn’t Solely a Facebook Issue

During Congressional hearings about Facebook’s data practices in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, Mark Zuckerberg drew an important distinction between what we expect from our Internet service providers (ISPs, such as Comcast or Verizon) as opposed to platforms like Facebook that operate over…

Can India’s Biometric Identity Program Aadhaar Be Fixed?

The Supreme Court of India has commenced final hearings in the long-standing challenge to India’s massive biometric identity apparatus, Aadhaar. Following last August’s ruling in the Puttaswamy case rejecting the Attorney General’s contention that privacy was not a fundamental right, a five-judge bench is now…