EPIC Asks Senate Committee for Delay on Kavanaugh Vote, Seeks Records Release

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, EPIC has urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone the vote in the Executive Business Meeting on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, pending the release of documents concerning the development, defense, and promotion of surveillance programs…

EPIC Urges Senate Committee to Explore Kavanaugh’s Views on Privacy, Klayman Opinion

In a letter and memo to the Senate Judiciary Committee, EPIC has urged Senators to question Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on critical privacy, open government, and government surveillance issues. EPIC expressed concerns about the Kavanaugh’s views on privacy and Constitutional rights, stating “In Klayman…

EPIC Urges DHS To Abandon Privacy Act Exemptions for New Biometric Database

In comments to the Department of Homeland Security, EPIC urged the agency to withdraw proposed Privacy Act exemptions that would reduce privacy safeguards in the federal government. The Immigration Biometric and Background Check database will contain personal data on U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. DHS has…

EPIC Urges Suspension of Biometric Entry/Exit Program

In comments to Customs and Border Protection, EPIC urged the agency to suspend the Biometric Entry/Exit Program. EPIC argued that less privacy-invasive alternatives should be considered and that the program should not move forward until Congress has passed regulations implementing safeguards for the use of…

EPIC, Coalition Call for Human Rights Protections in Cybercrime Convention Update

EPIC and a coalition of civil society organizations urged the Council of Europe to include robust human rights protections in the proposed revision to the Convention on Cybercrime. Otherwise, the updates could enable “a race to the bottom for protection,” the coalition warned. The groups…

New Rules to Protect Data Privacy: Where to Focus, What to Avoid

For many years, EFF has urged technology companies and legislators to do a better job at protecting the privacy of technology users and other members of the public. We hoped the companies, particularly mature players, would realize the importance of implementing meaningful privacy protections. But…

EFF and 23 Civil Liberties Organizations Demand Transparency on NSA Domestic Phone Record Surveillance

This week, 24 civil liberties organizations, including EFF and the ACLU, urged Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats to report—as required by law—statistics that could help clear up just how many individuals are burdened by broad NSA surveillance of domestic telephone records. These records show…

EPIC, Coalition Urge Compliance With Freedom Act Transparency Requirements

EPIC and a coalition of privacy and civil liberties groups urged the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to abide by the transparency requirements of the USA FREEDOM Act. The Act ended the NSA’s bulk collection of domestic call detail information. The Act also…

EPIC Renews Call For FTC To Stop Secret Scoring of Young Athletes

EPIC has urged the Federal Trade Commission to act on a Complaint EPIC previously filed with the FTC about the secret scoring of young tennis players. The EPIC complaint concerns the “Universal Tennis Rating,” a proprietary algorithm used to assign numeric scores to tennis players,…

EPIC Renews Call For FTC To Stop Samsung’s Surveillance of the Home

EPIC has urged the Federal Trade Commission to act on a Complaint EPIC previously filed with the Commission concerning Samsung’s “always on” SmartTV, which surreptitiously records consumers’ private conversations and transmits their unencrypted voice recordings to third parties. EPIC also warned the FTC that “Samsung…