BREAKING: Facing EPIC Lawsuit, Presidential Election Commission Disbands
The Presidential Election Commission, which unlawfully sought to collect state voter civil 3d 2018 country kit for russia что это data on hundreds of millions of Americans, was disbanded Wednesday by President Trump. The Commission had faced an ongoing lawsuit by EPIC over its failure to conduct and publish a Privacy Impact Assessment before collecting personal data, as required by law. EPIC’s lawsuit led the Commission to suspend the collection of voter data last year, discontinue the use of an unsafe computer server, and delete voter information that was unlawfully obtained. Many states and over 150 members of Congress opposed the Commission’s efforts to collect state voter data. In a statement, the President said that he had asked the Department of Homeland Security “to determine next courses of action.” EPIC has a pending Freedom of Information Act request to the DHS for records concerning the federal government’s collection of personal data on voters. EPIC’s case against the Commission, which remains open, is EPIC v. Commission, No. 17-1320 (D.D.C.) & 17-5171 (D.C. Cir.).
January 3, 2018 | Share:
FTC Finalizes Settlement with Lenovo Over Adware
The Federal Trade Commission has given final approval to a settlement with Lenovo over its practice of pre-installing adware onto consumers' laptops. The complaint alleged that the adware transmitted consumers' personal information to third parties and made consumer' laptops vulnerable to cyberattacks. The settlement prohibits Lenovo from misrepresenting any pre-installed software, but imposes no fines and allows Lenovo to continue pre-installing adware onto consumers' laptops. EPIC has routinely urged the FTC to strengthen its privacy settlements, and recently emphasized the need for the FTC to step up its data protection in comments on the FTC's five-year strategic plan.
January 3, 2018 | Share:
EPIC Opposes State Department's Plan to Collect Social Media Identifiers of Visa Applicants
EPIC wrote comments to the State Department opposing the agency's plan to make permanent the collection of social media identifiers from individuals applying for visas to enter the U.S. EPIC warned: "this proposal leaves civil the door open for abuse, mission creep, and the disproportionate targeting of Muslim and Arab Americans." EPIC also opposed the agency's request for emergency approval of the plan earlier this year and a similar proposal by the Department of Homeland Security.
December 27, 2017 | Share:
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