Department of Homeland Security Releases 2014 Privacy Report (October 2, 2014)
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.
September 2014 Monthly MeetingSeptember 30, 2014
James A. Baker, the FBI's General Counsel, joined the Privacy Coalition in September. Also joining the Coalition from the FBI was Monica Ryan, the head of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Unit within the Office of the General Counsel. Mr. Baker discussed the Next Generation Identification program, the Rap Back program, and the use of facial recognition among other topics. The Coalition was also briefed by Ed Hasbrouk on a recent inquiry by Senator Rockefeller into airline privacy practices. Sai briefed the Coalition on his pro se Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act case against the TSA.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on September 30, 2014
July 2014 Monthly MeetingJuly 25, 2014
Rebecca Richards, the National Security Agency's first Civil Liberties and Privacy Officer joined the Privacy Coalition in July to discuss her new role. The dialogue with Ms. Richards was led by Georgetown Law Professor and Director of Georgetown's Center on National Security and the Law, Laura Donohue. Ms. Richards discussed her responsibilities including providing expert advice to the Director of NSA, overseeing the NSA's civil liberties and privacy related activities, and developing measure to strengthen NSA privacy protections. Privacy Coalition member, Brad Jansen, discussed proposed regulation in New York that threatens Bitcoin and financial privacy. Additionally, Privacy Coalition members, Mark Lerner and Gerald Jenkins, discussed the privacy issues with mandating biometrics for driver licenses.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on July 25, 2014
June 2014 Monthly MeetingJuly 1, 2014
John Carlin, the Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, was able to join the us to discuss the work of his division. The National Security Division is a relatively new division of the Justice Department having been created in 2006. The division is responsible for representing the government in front of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and providing oversight of various national security activities of the Intelligence Community.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on July 1, 2014
May 2014 Monthly MeetingMay 30, 2014
The Department of Justice's Chief Privacy and Civil Liberties Officer, Erika Brown Lee, joined the Privacy Coalition to discuss the priorities of her office. She was joined by Director Joo Y. Chung and Deputy Director Kristi Lane Scott. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Office is responsible for the Department of Justice's compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974 and the privacy provisions of both the E-Government Act of 2002 and the Federal Information Security Management Act.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on May 30, 2014
Privacy Coalition Briefs FTC CommissionerMay 14, 2014
FTC Commissioner Joshua D. Wright joined the Privacy Coalition for a special meeting to brief the Commissioner on current consumer privacy issues. A number of Privacy Coalition members participated including Susan Grant of Consumer Federation of America who provided background information on the growing commodification of internet users. Bob Gellman gave an overview of a recent report he authored with Pam Dixon of the World Privacy Forum. The report, The Scoring of America, focuses on how secret consumer scoring threatens privacy. The ACLU's Sandra Fulton explained the Civil Rights Principles for the Era of Big Data and describe some of the privacy issues surrounding big data.
Posted by Jeramie D. Scott on May 14, 2014
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EPIC v. CIA: EPIC Seeks Details of CIA Surveillance of Congress (October 2, 2014)
California Enacts Comprehensive Student Privacy Law (October 2, 2014)
EPIC Urges FTC to Investigate Maricopa Data Breach (September 29, 2014)
EPIC Files Comments on Financial Privacy (September 29, 2014)
Appeals Court Limits Military Surveillance of Civilian Internet Use (September 26, 2014)
“Eyes Over Washington” - EPIC Obtains New Documents About Surveillance Blimps (September 26, 2014)
FAA Okays Hollywood Drone Use, But Privacy Safeguards Remain Grounded (September 26, 2014)