EPIC Files Lawsuit to Determine Legal Authority For PRISM Program (November 25, 2013)
The Privacy Coalition is a nonpartisan coalition of consumer, civil liberties, educational, family, library, labor, and technology organizations that have agreed to the Privacy Pledge. Members of the coalition have been meeting since 1995, but formalized the organization in February 2001. View a list of member organizations.
November 2013 Monthly MeetingNovember 26, 2013
Commissioner Maureen K. Ohlhausen of the Federal Trade Commission joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the consumer privacy related work of the FTC including the FTC's recent workshop on the Internet of Things and her remarks at the workshop. Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Counsel to the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program discussed her recent report, What the Government Does with American's Data. Pam Dixon, Executive Director of World Privacy Forum, provided an update on the comments her organization submitted to National Institutes of Health regarding the agency's draft genomic data sharing policy. David Jacobs, EPIC Consumer Protection Counsel, updated the group on Facebook's change to its Data Use Policy.
Posted by Scott on November 26, 2013
September 2013 Monthly MeetingSeptember 24, 2013
Joo Chung, the Director of the Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties (OPCL), joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the work of her Office in ensuring the Department of Justice's privacy compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974. The OPCL keeps an extensive list of the Department's Systems of Records Notices. Director Chung was joined by OPCL Senior Counsel, Bill Miller and OPCL Attorney-Advisor, Kristi Lane Scott. Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen, discussed the shortcomings of the class action settlement in Fraley v. Facebook. Charlie Leocha, the Director of the Consumer Travel Alliance, spoke about the need for the Department of Transportation to put resources towards consumer privacy.
Posted by Scott on September 24, 2013
July 2013 Monthly MeetingJuly 26, 2013
David Medine, the Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the Board's priorities and the logistics of creating an independent agency from scratch. Douwe Korff, a professor of international law in London discussed Europe's response to the disclosure of the PRISM program and NSA's surveillance in general. Aaron Titus reported on the IRS's careless treatment of Social Security Numbers. Brad Jansen provided an update on ECPA reform.
Posted by EPIC on July 26, 2013
June 2013 Monthly MeetingJune 28, 2013
Jessica Rich, the recently appointed Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, joined the Privacy Coalition for a discussion on what her bureau's priorities should be going forward. Director Rich was joined by Maneesha Mithal, Associate Director of the Division of Privacy & Identity Protection within the Bureau of Consumer Protection. EPIC provided an update on its petition to force the NSA to do a public rulemaking on the agency's monitoring and collection of communications traffic within the United States.
Posted by EPIC on June 28, 2013
May 2013 Monthly MeetingMay 10, 2013
Edith Ramirez, Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, briefed the Coalition on the Commission's priorities during her term. Chairwoman Ramirez was joined by her senior legal advisor Janis Kestenbaum and the Commission's Chief Technologist, Steve Bellovin. The Commission is currently conducting an investigation into the data broker industry. The Commission is also accepting comments regarding the privacy and security implications of the Internet of Things, and will hold a public workshop on November 21.
Posted by EPIC on May 10, 2013
United Nations Considers Privacy Resolution (November 22, 2013)
Federal Court Awards EPIC $30,000 in Social Media Monitoring Case (November 20, 2013)
EPIC Files FOIA Request with FTC About Facebook Investigation (November 19, 2013)
EPIC Urges FCC to Investigate AT&T’s Practice of Selling Consumer Phone Records (November 18, 2013)
States Reach $17 Million Settlement with Google Over Privacy Violations (November 18, 2013)
Bipartisan Introduction of Do Not Track Kids Legislation in Senate and House (November 18, 2013)
Government Audit Finds TSA's Behavioral Analysis Program "Ineffective" (November 14, 2013)