EPIC - Federal Appeals Court Says Consumers Can Sue Facebook for Facial Recognition

EPIC - Federal Appeals Court Says Consumers Can Sue Facebook for Facial Recognition

EPIC filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the violation of the privacy law was sufficient for Facebook users to sue the company.Six Flags, where the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously decided that consumers can sue companies that violate the state's biometric privacy law.

Privacy group asks court to reconsider FTC’s $5 billion Facebook deal

Privacy group asks court to reconsider FTC’s $5 billion Facebook deal

EPIC is specifically asking the court not to rubber-stamp it but instead to allow it and other privacy organizations to file briefs to the case and to schedule a hearing to review privacy-related issues.

Reasons Not to Use Epic Privacy Browser

Reasons Not to Use Epic Privacy Browser

Another issue is the fact that they’re using regular web hosting services from the US for their proxy servers, which they inexplicably call a “VPN” on their front page:Thanks for the proxy, Digital OceanGiven the US’s track record with privacy, and given that Digital Ocean is open for business in the US, it isn’t likely that they’ll keep your data very private if the government comes knocking.

Google Helps Government Conduct Warrantless Searches, Alleges EPIC

Google Helps Government Conduct Warrantless Searches, Alleges EPIC

EPIC argues that Google or other companies could use similar algorithms to scan not just for images of exploited children, but also for other purposes such as determining if files contain religious views, political opinions, or “banned books.”.

Nest's Hidden Microphone Prompts Privacy Group to Call for FTC Action Against Google

Nest's Hidden Microphone Prompts Privacy Group to Call for FTC Action Against Google

A privacy group with a history of complaining about Google’s acquisition of Nest sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission this week, calling on regulators to force Google to spin off the company after the existence of a secret microphone was revealed in its Nest Secure products.

EPIC to FTC: After Home Spying Reports, Google Should Divest Nest

EPIC to FTC: After Home Spying Reports, Google Should Divest Nest

EPIC to FTC: After Home Spying Reports, Google Should Divest Nest Following reports that Google installed secret listening devices in the homes security product Nest, EPIC asked the Federal Trade Commission to require Google to spin-off Nest and to disgorge the data obtained from Nest users.

Facebook may face multi-billion dollar fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook may face multi-billion dollar fine for Cambridge Analytica scandal

We've provided public testimony, answered questions, and pledged to continue our assistance as their work continues." Facebook should be "regulated as public utility" The FTC has the authority to fine Facebook at least $70 billion based on the scope of its violations, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and other consumer groups told the FTC in a letter last month .

European Court Adviser Says Right to be Forgotten Need Not Be Applied Worldwide

European Court Adviser Says Right to be Forgotten Need Not Be Applied Worldwide

Spain that Europeans have a right, in some circumstances, to remove links to their personal data posted online by Google. EPIC has supported the CNIL's approach instead, contending "the right to privacy is global." The European Court of Justice will now decide whether to adopt the opinion from the Advocate General.

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

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

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.

Border Agency Finalizes Social Media Collection Rule

Border Agency Finalizes Social Media Collection Rule

The agency responded briefly to public comments, failing to defend the agency's decision.

Willy Wonka and the Medical Software Factory

Willy Wonka and the Medical Software Factory

Once on board, employees take a multiweek training course that includes basic business etiquette as well as Epic-specific skill building. Epic’s broad recruiting strategy and perks help draw people in, but over time, it’s the cultures of both Wisconsin and Epic that help keep people there.

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld

Appeals Court: IRS 'Misunderstands' FOIA Obligations in EPIC Case, but Trump's Tax Returns Still Withheld The D.C. Circuit ruled today that the IRS "misunderstands its FOIA disclosure obligations" in EPIC v. IRS, EPIC's Freedom of Information Act case to obtain public release of President Trump's tax returns.

EPIC Amicus: Unlawful Collection of Biometric Data Establishes Standing

EPIC Amicus: Unlawful Collection of Biometric Data Establishes Standing

EPIC has filed an amicus brief in a case concerning Facebook's collection of facial images in violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. In Patel v. Six Flags, another case about the Illinois biometric privacy law.

EPIC Makes Final Arguments to Supreme Court in Voter Data Privacy Case

EPIC Makes Final Arguments to Supreme Court in Voter Data Privacy Case

Commission, urging the Supreme Court to review a decision that wrongly denied EPIC access to a required privacy impact assessment for state voter data. EPIC filed suit against the Presidential Election Commission last year to halt the collection of state voter data pending the completion of the assessment.

EPIC Investigates Airport Facial Recognition Opt-Out Procedures

EPIC Investigates Airport Facial Recognition Opt-Out Procedures

One consequence is that it is now more difficult for travelers to opt-out of the screening procedure EPIC wrote that "CBP is modifying rules as it is implementing the program," contrary to federal law.

EPIC to Congress: Federal Agency Making Up the Rules for Facial Recognition Screening

EPIC to Congress: Federal Agency Making Up the Rules for Facial Recognition Screening

EPIC urged the Committee to suspend the screening program until privacy safeguards and meaningful opt-out procedures are established. Last week, EPIC warned Customs and Border Protection about facial recognition technology and urged the DHS Privacy committee to end the program.

EPIC To Congress: Require Algorithmic Transparency For Google, Dominant Internet Firms

EPIC To Congress: Require Algorithmic Transparency For Google, Dominant Internet Firms

EPIC explained that Google's acquisition of YouTube led to a skewing of search results after Google substituted its secret "relevance" ranking for the original objective ranking, based on hits and ratings. The Commission required Google to change its algorithm to rank its own shopping comparison the same way it ranks its competitors.

EPIC Files Suit to Block Census Citizenship Question

EPIC Files Suit to Block Census Citizenship Question

Earlier this year, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity was shut down after EPIC filed a lawsuit to block the collection of state voter data, and challenging the Commission's failure to complete a privacy impact assessment.

EPIC Urges Department of Defense to Limit Disclosure of Personnel Records

EPIC Urges Department of Defense to Limit Disclosure of Personnel Records

In to the Department of Defense, EPIC has proposed privacy safeguards for the agency's Personnel Vetting system of records. EPIC opposes the records system's disclosure standards that authorize sharing of individuals' personal information with any requesting source as part of an investigation, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and foreign law enforcement entities.

Facing EPIC Lawsuit, FAA Scraps Secretive Drone Committees

Facing EPIC Lawsuit, FAA Scraps Secretive Drone Committees

The FAA's Drone Advisory Committee, facing an open government lawsuit from EPIC, has scrapped the secretive committees that developed drone policy. EPIC has a long history of promoting government transparency and advocating for privacy protections against drones.

EPIC Supports Constitutionality of "Robocall" Law

EPIC Supports Constitutionality of "Robocall" Law

EPIC has filed a "friend of the court" brief in a case concerning the constitutionality of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the law the prohibits unwanted "robocalls." In Gallion v.

EPIC Files Appeals with D.C. Circuit, Seeks Release of 'Predictive Analytics Report'

EPIC Files Appeals with D.C. Circuit, Seeks Release of 'Predictive Analytics Report'

EPIC has appealed a federal district court decision for the release of a "Predictive Analytics Report." The district court backed the Department of Justice when the agency claimed the "presidential communications privilege." But neither the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nor the Supreme Court has ever permitted a federal agency to invoke that privilege in a FOIA case.

Fortnite Android App Vulnerable to Man-in-the-Disk Attacks

Fortnite Android App Vulnerable to Man-in-the-Disk Attacks

They refused, creating an unnecessary risk for Android users in order to score cheap PR points," Sweeney said on Twitter, referring to one of his engineers' request to Google to hold off from publishing for 90 days so Fortnite users could update their apps.