Category Archives: Privacy

California Assembly’s Privacy Committee Votes to Weaken Landmark Privacy Law

The California State Assembly’s Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee today capitulated to industry complaints that our privacy is inconvenient for its bottom line. It voted to advance five bills opposed by privacy advocates that would undermine the landmark California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and put companies before consumers. Rather than stand up for Californians and… Read More »

FTC Renews Spam Rule, Cites EPIC Comments

After soliciting public comments, the Federal Trade Commission has renewed the CAN-SPAM Rule (Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing). The FTC rule requires subject-line labeling of commercial emails containing sexually explicit material. The rule also clarifies that a recipient of unwanted emails may not be required to pay a fee, provide additional information… Read More »

EPIC FOIA: Census Bureau Gathers Noncitizens’ Data Without Required Privacy Impact Assessment

An EPIC Freedom of Information Act request has revealed that the Census Bureau obtains vast quantities of noncitizens’ personal data from the Department of Homeland Security without having first conducted a required Privacy Impact Assessment. Under a written agreement disclosed to EPIC, the DHS transfers the “Legal Permanent Resident File” to the Bureau each year,… Read More »

California’s Assembly Will Consider Only Industry Bills

We are disappointed the California Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee will not hear A.B. 1760, which would have substantially strengthened the California Consumer Privacy Act. Tomorrow, the Privacy Committee will instead vote on several bills backed by Big Tech interests that will erode the CCPA and the promises this law made to give all… Read More »

In Comments to Defense Dept. EPIC Urges Adherence to Privacy Act, Algorithmic Fairness

In comments to the Department of Defense on the proposed expansion of the “Insider Threat” Database, EPIC recommended the Department withdraw unlawful and unnecessary routine use disclosures, significantly narrow the Privacy Act exemptions, and adopt the Universal Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence. The DoD plans to collect detailed, personal information, including health data, ethnicity and race,… Read More »

Defense Dept. Finalizes Uniform Privacy Regulation, Responds to EPIC Comments

As part of an effort to promote uniformity in privacy regulations, the Department of Defense has finalized a regulation regarding the Personnel Vetting Records System. EPIC submitted detailed comments to the agency “criticizing the breadth of exemptions and expressing concerns about accountability for DoD’s information collection activities.” The Department of Defense responded in detail to… Read More »

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Census Citizenship Question

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case challenging the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 Census. EPIC filed an amicus brief in Department of Commerce v. New York, urging the Court to uphold a New York federal judge’s decision to remove the question. EPIC warned that the “extraordinary… Read More »

Google’s Sensorvault Can Tell Police Where You’ve Been

Do you know where you were five years ago? Did you have an Android phone at the time? It turns out Google might know—and it might be telling law enforcement. In a new article, the New York Times details a little-known technique increasingly used by law enforcement to figure out everyone who might have been… Read More »