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 »

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 »

California Sues to Protect Its Federal Bullet Train Pork

Today the state of California filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration after the feds cut off funding for California’s high-speed rail project. Neither the funding cut nor this lawsuit should come as a surprise. This doomed boondoggle is billions of dollars over budget and years (possibly even decades) behind schedule. Voters originally approved setting… Read More »

Saudi Call for the United States to Attack Iran Is Out Of Line

A Saudi Arabian newspaper aligned with the state published an editorial on May 16 saying that the United States should initiate airstrikes against Iran. Despite President Trump’s aggressive stance toward Iran, the encouragement from Saudi Arabia is out of line for several reasons. First, the Saudis are reacting to attacks on their energy infrastructure, which… Read More »

Wisconsin Choice Schools Deliver Better Achievement for Less Money

Private schools and independent public charter schools are more productive than district public schools, according to a new report. “The United States invests over $660 billion on K-12 education, or over $13,000 per student, each year,” according to report author Corey DeAngelis, who adds: That is equal to over $169,000 for each child’s K-12 education.… Read More »

Fair Trial? US Steals Assange’s Legal Papers

The treacherous government of Ecuador has opened Julian Assange’s private quarters at its UK embassy up to US investigators, who have seized Assange’s legal defense documents, medical records, and electronic devices. In what kind of court is the prosecution allowed to see the defendant’s case before the trial? A Soviet courtroom? A kangaroo court? Tune… Read More »