U.S. Senate Confirms EPIC Advisory Board Member Ed Felten to PCLOB

The Senate last night confirmed Advisory Board Member Ed Felten to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Professor Felten is a former Chief Technology Officer for the FTC and former Deputy White House Science Advisor. Felten’s confirmation, along with two others, establishes…

New Witness Panel Tells Congress How to Protect Consumer Data Privacy

Yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on consumer data privacy was a welcome improvement. The last time the Committee convened around this topic, all of the witnesses were industry and corporate representatives. This time, we were happy to see witnesses from consumer advocacy groups and the…

EPIC Tells Senate U.S. Faces Data Protection “Crisis”

In advance of a hearing on consumer privacy, EPIC told the Senate Commerce Committee that America is facing a data protection “crisis.” EPIC highlighted recent breaches at Google and Facebook, coupled with the FTC’s failure to enforce its own consent orders, and said the system…

FAA Funding Bill Passed by Senate Ignores Drone Surveillance Risks

The Senate has passed legislation to reauthorize the FAA and expand drone integration, but the bill ignores pressing concerns about the privacy impact of drones. A previous version of the bill included privacy protections originally proposed by Sen. Markey and Rep. Welch in the Drone…

EPIC Urges Removal of Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

In advance of the nomination hearing for the Census director, EPIC has sent a statement to a Senate committee urging the Census Bureau to suspend the citizenship question in the 2020 Census until a Privacy Impact Assessment is conducted. The administration’s conceded that the question…

A Consumer Privacy Hearing With No One Representing Consumers

The Senate Commerce Committee hearing on consumer privacy this morning was exactly what we and other privacy advocates expected: a chorus of big tech industry voices, with no one representing smaller companies or consumers themselves. In his opening remarks, Senator Thune acknowledged the “angst” caused…

EFF Opposes Industry Efforts to Have Congress Roll Back State Privacy Protections

The Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on consumer privacy this week, but consumer privacy groups like EFF were not invited. Instead, only voices from big tech and Internet access corporations will have a seat at the table. In the lead-up to this hearing,…

EPIC, Consumer Groups Urge Senate Commerce to Invite Privacy Witnesses to Privacy Hearing

EPIC joined a coalition of 28 consumer privacy groups in a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and ranking member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) that asked te Senators to include consumer advocates in an upcoming hearing on consumer privacy. At this time, the…

The New Music Modernization Act Has a Major Fix: Older Recordings Will Belong to the Public, Orphan Recordings Will Be Heard Again

The Senate passed a new version of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) as an amendment to another bill this week, a marked improvement over the version passed by the House of Representatives earlier in the year. This version contains a new compromise amendment that could…

The Game is Rigged: Congress Invites No Consumer Privacy Advocates to its Consumer Privacy Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee is getting ready to host a much-anticipated hearing on consumer privacy—and consumer privacy groups don’t get a seat at the table. Instead, the Committee is seeking only the testimony of big tech and Internet access corporations: Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Charter Communications,…