Category Archives: Privacy

EPIC FOIA: Kavanaugh and Yoo Corresponded at White House about Warrantless Surveillance

Newly released emails from the Bush Whitehouse reveal that Brett Kavanaugh and John Yoo, architect of the warrantless surveillance program, exchanges several messages about warrantless surveillance programs in the fall of 2001. The release follows EPIC’s FOIA lawsuit for Justice Kavanaugh’s records from when his nomination was before the United States Senate. The new records… Read More »

The Federal Government Offers a Case Study in Bad Email Tracking

The U.S. government sends a lot of emails. Like any large, modern organization, it wants to “optimize” for “user engagement” using “analytics” and “big data.” In practice, that means tracking the people it communicates with—secretly, thoroughly, and often, insecurely. Granicus is a third-party contractor that builds communication tools to help governments engage constituents online. The… Read More »

Appeals Court Hears Arguments in Dating App Abuse Case

A federal appeals court heard oral arguments in a case about whether a dating app is liable for failing to remove a false profile that enabled abusive conduct. EPIC filed an amicus brief in Herrick v. Grindr, arguing that the relevant law was intended to “encourage internet service providers to police their platforms,” not to… Read More »

European Commission Seeks Input on AI Policy

The European Commission’s Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence has requested comments on draft Guidelines for Trustworthy AI. The EU Guidelines state, “Trustworthy AI has two components: (1) it should respect fundamental rights, applicable regulation and core principles and values, ensuring an ‘ethical purpose’ and (2) it should be technically robust and reliable since, even with… Read More »

EPIC to FTC: Establish Free Credit Monitoring for All Consumers

In comments to the FTC, EPIC recommended free credit monitoring for all consumers. The agency will require free credit monitoring for all active service members, following legislation enacted last year. EPIC said the FTC should urge Congress to extend free credit monitoring services. The statute includes several pro-consumer measures that EPIC favored: it (1) requires… Read More »

National Archives Releases Kavanaugh Emails on Surveillance Programs Identified in EPIC Suit

The National Archives has released thousands of emails Justice Kavanaugh sent between January 2001 and July 2003 while working in the White House Counsel’s office. The release includes hundreds of emails concerning controversial White House surveillance programs the Archives previously identified in response to EPIC’s lawsuit. In October, the National Archives revealed that Kavanaugh sent… Read More »