Google has indicated that it does not intend to comply with a judgement of the high court in Europe after earlier losing its appeal in Google v. Spain. Earlier this year, the French Data Protection agency, consistent with the landmark decision of the European Court of Justice, instructed Google to delist certain links in all domains in which the search company operates. A recently leaked version of a Google transparency report found that the vast majority of requests for delisting concern private matters of private individuals. Support for the "right to be forgotten" continues to grow around the world with courts in Japan, Canada, and the United States acknowledging similar claims.
EPIC Files FTC Complaint Against Uber about Plan to Track Users and Gather Contact List Data
EPIC has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, charging that Uber's plan to track users and gather contact details is an unlawful and deceptive trade practice. Previous EPIC complaints at the FTC have typically led to investigations and then to settlements following a change in business practices.
EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2015, EPIC has important work to do on algorithmic transparency, student privacy, and government surveillace, among many other issues. Please donate to EPIC today to help us continue this important work.
EPIC 2015 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner
Marc Rotenberg, Susan Linn, and Bruce Schneier. 2015 EPIC Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. Washington, DC (Credit: Jennifer Morris)
Senator Markey Speaks at EPIC Book Event
Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) recently appeared at an EPIC book event to support the release of EPIC's new anthology, "Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions" and Bruce Schneier's "Data and Goliath." Senator Markey discussed his efforts to establish new safeguards for student privacy and to limit drone surveillance.
Senate Passes FREEDOM Act, Ends NSA Bulk Collection
The USA Freedom Act, signed into law this week, ends the NSA bulk collection of domestic telephone records and establishes new transparency and accountability rules for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In 2013, EPIC filed a petition in the Supreme Court, In re EPIC, arguing that the NSA program was unlawful. In 2014, EPIC and a broad coalition urged the President to end the NSA surveillance program.
Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions
EPIC's new book, Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions is an essential reference for policy makers and researchers, journalists and scholars, and others looking for answers to one of the biggest challenges of our modern day. The premise is clear: there’s a problem - let's find a solution.
Tim Cook Backs Privacy, Crypto, Freedom at EPIC Awards Dinner
Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an impassioned speech at the 2015 EPIC Champions of Freedom Award dinner. Cook said the erosion of privacy represents a threat to the American way of life. Tim Cook is the first business leader to receive the Award from EPIC. (Photo by Jenifer Morris).
In an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, EPIC argued that there are Constitutional limits on government searches of electronic storage devices. EPIC urged affirmance of United States v. Ganias, which held that the Government violated the Fourth Amendment by retaining files seized years earlier. After the government appealed, the court agreed to rehear the case. EPIC argued that data minimization practices should be followed for electronic searches, particularly after the Supreme Court's decision in Riley v. California. EPIC endorsed the approach set out in United States v. Comprehensive Drug Testing, which allows a government agency to undertake appropriate searches without unnecessarily violating privacy interests. In Quon v. City of Ontario, CA (2012), EPIC recommended that the Supreme Court adopt a similar approach.
The California Supreme Court has granted review of a lower court decision that prevented public release of information about "automated license plate readers." The lower court held that the information about the system to gather license plate data on all motorists was an "investigative record." EPIC urged the California Supreme Court to review the matter, stating, "as the government's ability to collect information about individuals has expanded, open record laws have become an important tool for government oversight." Documents obtained by EPIC about the FBI's use of license plate readers showed the agency failed to address the system's privacy implications.
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EPIC in the News
Google resists broadening "right to be forgotten"
July 31, 2015
City of Los Angeles v. Patel: Does a warrantless search of hotel guest registries violate the 4th Amendment?
EPIC's State Policy project, launched in the Spring of 2015, aims to track legislation across the country to identify trends and emerging issues impacting privacy and civil liberties.
EPIC recently launched a project on algorithmic transparency, urging companies to show us the code that makes judgements about us.