Senator Feinstein Rebuts National Archives’ Decision to Withhold Kavanaugh Records

Senator Feinstein has sent an urgent letter to Archivist David S. Ferriero demanding reconsideration of the National Archives’ decision to withhold documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In the letter, Senator Feinstein stated that the “records are crucially important to the Senate’s understanding…

EPIC Urges House Committee to Push FCC on Comprehensive Privacy Plan

EPIC has sent a statement to the House Commerce Committee for a hearing on the Federal Communications Commission. EPIC urged the Committee to push the FCC to develop a comprehensive plan for online privacy. EPIC also asked the Committee to press the nominees to repeal…

For House Hearing, EPIC Urges FTC to Unwind WhatsApp Deal, Enforce Facebook Consent Order

EPIC has sent a statement to the House Energy and Commerce Committee in advance of a hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission.” EPIC told the Committee to urge the new FTC leadership to enforce the Facebook Consent Order and unwind the Facebook-WhatsApp merger…

EPIC To Congress: 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 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…

EPIC Joins Coalition Urging Congress to Investigate Destruction of Records on Family Separation

EPIC and a coalition of organizations sent a letter to Congress urging an investigation of the Department of Homeland Security’s records management practices. The concern follows the administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement policy and family unification efforts. Recent reports indicate that border agents are improperly destroying…

EPIC to Congress: Warrant Should be Required for Searches of Phones at Border

In advance of a hearing on “Examining Warrantless Smartphone Searches at the Border,” EPIC has sent a statement to the Senate urging a warrant requirement for searches of electronic devices at the border. EPIC recently filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against Immigration and…

Congress Asks Google, Apple About Smartphone Data Collection

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent letters to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Alphabet CEO Larry Page seeking information about the data collection capabilities of smartphones. Prompted by recent privacy scandals, the representatives asked Google and Apple whether their devices track…

US Consumer Groups Urge FTC To Examine ‘Deceived by Design’ Practices

EPIC and a coalition of consumer organizations sent a letter to the FTC about recent tactics by Facebook and Google to trick users into disclosing personal data. “We urge you to investigate the misleading and manipulative tactics of the dominant digital platforms in the United…