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Report deems NSA telephone records program illegal

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a report today concluding that the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of telephone call records is illegal and should be ended. ...more

California Proposition Would Expand Duties and Liabilities for Collecting Personal Information

On September 26, 2013, the California Secretary of State allowed proponents of a new ballot proposition to collect signatures for the “Personal Privacy Protection Act.” The Act, if approved, would radically change the privacy...more

On The Radar: Government Unmanned Aerial Vehicles And Their Effect On Public Privacy Interests From Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence...

The utility of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in military operations and border security is well documented. As the technology becomes more affordable and available, domestic law enforcement agencies, other state and federal...more

Opening the Flood Gates? California Voters May Create Presumption of Harm in Privacy Breach Cases

California has moved one step closer towards amending its Constitution to create a presumption of harm whenever personal data is shared without a consumer’s express opt-in, a change that would clear a significant hurdle to...more

Appeals Court Rules TCPA Does Not Violate First Amendment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently ruled that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not violate the First Amendment by requiring robocallers to identify themselves when making calls....more

Bills on Use of Mobile-Device-Location Data Reintroduced

Updating our entry on this issue posted during the last Congress, on March 21, 2013, lawmakers in the House and Senate reintroduced companion bills intended to curb government use of mobile users’ geolocation data. The...more

Senator Opposes Swiss Accounts Tax Treaty Change

Senator Rand Paul (R – Kentucky) opposes changes to the US-Swiss tax treaty that would effectively allow the US government more access to tax information connected to Swiss bank accounts of US citizens. Senator Paul stresses...more

Compromise Agreements, Andy Coulson, and Confidentiality Clauses

Tom Watson (UK Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East) has recently written to Mr. Peter Wardle, the Chief Executive of the Electoral Standards Commission asking him to investigate potential breaches of the Political...more

EPIC Urges Senate to Explore Kagan's Views on Privacy

In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, EPIC has asked Senators to examine the views of the Supreme Court nominee on privacy and related issues. Noting that the Court increasingly confronts cases concerning the Fourth...more

Doe et al. v. Reed

United States Supreme Court Decision

Supreme Court Permits Disclosure of Petitioner Signatures The Supreme Court has held in Doe v. Reed that, as a general matter, the state's interest in ensuring election integrity outweighs the First Amendment interest of...more

Advertising Law - March 24, 2010

In This Issue: *Senate Confirms Two New FTC Commissioners *Lindsay Lohan Sues E-Trade Over "Milkaholic? Baby Ad *LifeLock Settles with FTC for $12 Million Over False Claims *Fees for NAD Challenges to Increase *Suit...more

Doe #1 et al., v. Reed

Brief of Amici Curiae Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) & Legal Scholars & Technical Experts in Support of the...

EPIC Files Supreme Court Brief for Petitioner Privacy EPIC has filed a "friend of the court" brief in the United States Supreme Court, urging the Justices to protect the privacy of those who sign petitions. In Doe v. Reed,...more

EFF Supports New Bill to Repeal Telco Immunity by Kevin Bankston

Yesterday, four US Senators led by Senator Chris Dodd announced plans to introduce "The Retroactive Immunity Repeal Act". That bill, endorsed by EFF, would repeal the law that Congress passed last summer granting immunity to...more

Obama’s Disappointing State Secrets Procedures by Kurt Opsahl

After months of internal review, the Obama Administration today announced a new policy on the use of the state secrets privilege. The state secrets privilege traditionally allows the government to withdraw particular pieces...more

EFF Supports JUSTICE Bill to Reform the USA PATRIOT Act and Repeal Telecom Immunity

On December 31, three provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that broadly expanded government surveillance authority in the wake of 9/11 are set to expire.1 The Obama Administration made clear in a letter this week to Senate...more

Robert G Babson Jr et al v. Kevin Cronin et al

Order Granting Plaintiffs' Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment and Denying Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment

State Chief Elections Officer adopted new electronic voting systems without complying with the rule-making provisions of the Hawai'i Administrative Procedure Act claiming that voting system adoption is only "internal agency...more

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