Category Archives: Privacy

A Nazi Romance Movie Versus Memes: When Copyright Shuts Down Criticism

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are taking on different elements of copyright law and policy, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and… Read More »

Senate to Consider Nomination of William Barr for Attorney General

This week the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin hearings on the nomination of William Barr for Attorney General. In a statement to the Committee, EPIC warned that “Mr. Barr has consistently supported warrantless surveillance of the American people.” EPIC pointed to Barr’s previous Congressional testimony where he stated that FISA is “too restrictive” and that… Read More »

Congress Requests Emergency Meeting On Location Privacy

A key House panel requested an emergency briefing from the Federal Communications Commission to determine why the agency has not prevented wireless carriers from selling consumers’ location data. The request followed reports that wireless providers sell location data to third parties, despite pledging to not do so after investigations last year. In 2007, EPIC urged… Read More »

EPIC Seeks to Intervene in Human Rights Case on Government Hacking

EPIC is requesting to intervene in a case before the European Court of Human Rights testing the human rights standards for government hacking of computers and other devices. Brought by international NGO Privacy International, Privacy International v. United Kingdom asks whether remote hacking of devices and the use of malware by UK intelligence services violate… Read More »

Supreme Court to Consider Open Government and Fourth Amendment in 2019

The Supreme Court agreed today to hear two cases of interest to privacy and open government advocates. One case concerns the withholding of “confidential” information requested under the Freedom of Information Act. EPIC recently sued the Federal Trade Commission for information about Facebook’s privacy practices, but the FTC has claimed the records are confidential and… Read More »

EPIC Asks UN to Question US About Privacy Violations by Private Firms

As part of a routine review, EPIC asked the United Nations Human Rights Committee to question the US about the failure to protect individuals against privacy violations by private industry. This year the Committee will review US compliance with human rights obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. EPIC explained that countries… Read More »