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First in Flight, Tops in Tech, Ascendant in UAS: Drones and North Carolina

The next time you go for a long hike in a national forest with no cell phone service, you might want to take a drone with you so that you can send for help when you break your leg, dehydrate, and need help. ...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Homeland Security Nominations - The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee held a nomination hearing for President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next Inspector...more

NIST Publishes Draft Cybersecurity Framework For Critical Infrastructure Industries

On October 23, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a long-anticipated draft of its Cybersecurity Framework. The Framework, as NIST explains, is “not a risk management process itself,” but...more

FAA Issues Roadmap for Unmanned Aerial Systems

On November 7, 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued long awaited plans for integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), also commonly...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update: NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Preliminary Draft Issued"

On October 22, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued its Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework (the Preliminary Framework). The Preliminary Framework represents the first full draft of the...more

NIST Issues Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework For Critical Infrastructure Organizations

In accordance with the President's Executive Order on Cybersecurity issued on October 22, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology ("NIST") released the draft of its Cybersecurity Framework, intended to help...more

Fiscal Fights in Congress Threaten to Ground Newsroom Plans for Drones

Commercial drones for news gathering may be grounded from takeoff, at least for a while, by fiscal dogfights and privacy concerns playing out this month in the U.S. Congress....more

Congress, The Administration Move Forward To Secure Critical US Infrastructure

Cyber-attacks by both private actors and nation states against US critical infrastructure and individual communications users are on the rise. In Washington, DC, policy makers are increasing their focus on cyber threats on...more

New Alberta Privacy Decision: Cloud Providers Take Note

Consider this: A service organization we’ll call CloudCo collects and compiles personal information from its corporate customer. The individual whose personal information is being collected has a relationship directly with...more

Congress to Scrutinize TSA's "Scanner Shuffle"

The House Subcommittee on Transportation Security is holding an oversight hearing this week, "TSA's Recent Scanner Shuffle: Real Strategy or Wasteful Smokescreen?" The hearing announcement follows a decision by the TSA to...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2012-15 -- Aug 15, 2012

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Department of Homeland Security, et al.,

Petitionersâ?? Motion To Enforce The Courtâ??s Mandate

EPIC Urges Court to End DHS Delay in Seeking Public Input on Airport Body Scanners EPIC filed papers in federal court today seeking to enforce an order that requires the Department of Homeland Security to detail the...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center v. United States Department of Homeland Security

Plaintiff's Motion For Reconsideration Based on Intervening Change In Controlling Law

EPIC Urges Court to Order Release of 2,000 Airport Body Scanner Images EPIC asked a federal court in Washington, DC to reconsider its earlier decision allowing the Department of Homeland Security to keep secret 2,000...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center v. U.S. Department of Transportation Security Administration

Complaint For Injunctive Relief

Senate Amendment Could End "Digital Strip Searches" Senator Udall (D-NM) has introduced a Senate Amendment 51 that would require the Transportation Security Administration to install "Automatic Target Recognition" software...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Homeland Security

Memorandum Opinion: Granting The Defendant’s Motion For Summary Judgment; Denying The Plaintiff's Cross-Motion For Summary...

Court Grants Government Motion in EPIC Body Scanner FOIA Lawsuit A federal district court has granted the Department of Homeland Security's motion to conclude one of EPIC's Freedom of Information Act lawsuits. EPIC was...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center, et al., v. Janet Napolitano, et al.,

Reply Brief For Petitioners Electronic Privacy Information Center, et al.

EPIC Files Brief in Airport Body Scanner Case EPIC has filed its reply brief in the suit to suspend the Department of Homeland Security's controversial airport body scanner program. The brief argues that "the TSA has acted...more

Rear-View Cameras in Cars May be Mandated to Protect Kids From Being Backed Over

The Department of Transportation plans to make rear-view cameras standard for all vehicles by 2014 to prevent children being backed over. Each year, hundreds of children are hospitalized after being hit by cars backing up,...more

NHTSA Proposes Mandatory Backup Cameras in All New Cars by 2014

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed requiring backup cameras on all new vehicles by 2014 to prevent drivers from backing over pedestrians. This is going to cost automakers (and auto buyers) more...more

EPIC Releases Analysis on TSA Body Scanner Program - "Deployment and contracting for body scanners should be suspended"

EPIC is making available to the public today the report EPIC prepared in January 2010, following the release of documents from the DHS in an open government lawsuit. The analysis, based on the internal records obtained from...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Complaint For Injunctive Relief

EPIC Files FOIA Suit to Force Disclosure of Body Scanner Radiation Risks EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, seeking records concerning radiation emissions and...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center, et al., v. Janet Napolitano, et al.,

Opening Brief for Petitioners Electronic Privacy Information Center, et al.,

In Opening Brief, EPIC Urges Federal Appeals Court to Suspend Airport Body Scanner Program EPIC has filed the opening brief in EPIC v. DHS, No, 10-1157, a case that challenges the unilateral decision of the TSA to make...more

Rely on TDS - Quarterly Newsletter

"Rely on TDS" is the quarterly newsletter by the Manitoba, Canada based law firm, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP. The newsletter is a collection of articles from a variety of subject matters targeted to the business...more

Commonwealth v. Connolly

Brief of Amicus Curiae Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) In Support of Appellant

EPIC Urges Massachusetts High Court to Protect Drivers From Warrantless Tracking by Law Enforcement, Warns of "Pervasive Mass Surveillance" Today, EPIC filed a "friend of the court" brief in the Massachusetts Supreme...more

Commonwealth v. Connolly

Brief for the Commonwealth

EPIC Urges Massachusetts High Court to Protect Drivers From Warrantless Tracking by Law Enforcement, Warns of "Pervasive Mass Surveillance" Today, EPIC filed a "friend of the court" brief in the Massachusetts Supreme...more

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