Category Archives: Privacy

EPIC Urges House Oversight Committee to Investigate FBI’s Use of Facial Recognition

EPIC has sent a statement to the House Committee on Oversight concerning Facial Recognition Technology. EPIC urged the Committee to investigate the FBI’s Next Generation Identification program. EPIC explained that an individual’s ability to control disclosure of identity “is an essential aspect of personal security and privacy.” The FBI biometric database is one of the… Read More »

Why We Can’t Support Modifications to Texas’ Anti-SLAPP Law

Earlier this year, a critical free speech law in Texas came under attack. Texas bill H.B. 2730, as introduced, would have gutted the Texas Citizens Protection Act, or TCPA. The TCPA has been one of the strongest laws in the nation protecting citizens against SLAPPs. SLAPP is a shorthand way of referring to lawsuits in… Read More »

Court: Government Can’t Skimp on Attorney’s Fees in Public Interest Cases

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the government’s attempt to pay a public interest plaintiff far less than what is owed in attorney’s fees. When a plaintiff wins a public interest lawsuit, federal law often requires the defendant to reimburse the plaintiff for attorney’s fees. Many defendants—including federal agencies—try to minimize those payments… Read More »

Intimate Privacy Protection Act Reintroduced in Congress

Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA) and John Katko (R-NY) reintroduced the bipartisan Intimate Privacy Protection Act. The legislation would target perpetrators who share intimate images without consent. Congresswoman Speier said the Act “will hold accountable and deter violators of intimate privacy, from vengeful exes to online predators who profit from and entertain themselves with the distribution… Read More »

TOSsed Out: Highlighting the Effects of Content Rules Online

Today we are launching TOSsed Out, a new iteration of EFF’s longstanding work in tracking and documenting the ways that Terms of Service (TOS) and other speech moderating rules are unevenly and unthinkingly applied to people by online services. As a result of these practices, posts are deleted and accounts banned, harming those for whom… Read More »

National Archives Releases New Kavanaugh Records

In response to EPIC’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the National Archives has released hundreds of new emails from Justice Kavanaugh’s time in the White House. The emails concern the controversial surveillance programs Total Information Awareness, Computer Assisted Passenger Prescreening System II (CAPPS II), and Secure Flight. The contents of many emails were withheld in… Read More »

EFF Project Shows How People Are Unfairly “TOSsed Out” By Platforms’ Absurd Enforcement of Content Rules

Users Without Resources to Fight Back Are Most Affected by Unevenly-Enforced Rules San Francisco—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched TOSsed Out, a project to highlight the vast spectrum of people silenced by social media platforms that inconsistently and erroneously apply terms of service (TOS) rules. TOSsed Out will track and publicize the ways in… Read More »