Ignacio Flores-Figueroa v. United States of America

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


EPIC, Experts Urge Supreme Court: Protect Identity Management Techniques.

EPIC filed a "friend of the court" brief in the United States Supreme Court, urging the Justices to protect techniques that allow individuals to safeguard privacy. The brief was filed on behalf of 17 legal scholars and technical experts. In Flores-Figueroa v. United States, the Court will be asked to determine whether individuals who include identification numbers that are not theirs, but don’t intentionally impersonate others, can be subject to harsh criminal punishments for "identity theft." EPIC explained that the crime of identity theft should require an intent to impersonate another as Congress made clear in the federal laws under review. The brief urges the Court to not "set a precedent that might inadvertently render the use of privacy enhancing pseudonyms, anonymizers, and other techniques for identity management unlawful." (Dec. 22)

This is EPIC'S Amici Brief in Support of Petitioners.

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Reference Info:Appellate Brief | Federal, U.S. Supreme Court | United States

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