EPIC Alert 20.15

======================================================================= E P I C A l e r t ======================================================================= Volume 20.15 July 30, 2013 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Published by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Washington, D.C. http://www.epic.org/alert/epic_alert_20.15.html "Defend Privacy. Support EPIC." http://epic.org/donate ======================================================================== Table of Contents ======================================================================== [1] EPIC Defends Student Privacy Rights in Federal Court [2] FISA Court Renews, DOJ Defends, Unlawful Surveillance Program [3] NJ High Court Issues Landmark Location Privacy Decision [4] EPIC Urges Oversight Board to Uphold Strong Open Government Rules [5] EPIC Asks FTC To Investigate 'Magna Carta' App [6] News in Brief [7] EPIC in the News [8] EPIC Book Review: 'Spying on Democracy' [9] Upcoming Conferences and Events TAKE ACTION: Sign EPIC's Petition Against NSA Domestic Surveillance! - SIGN the Petition: https://epic.org/NSApetition/ - LEARN More: https://epic.org/privacy/terrorism/fisa/ - SUPPORT EPIC: http://www.epic.org/donate/ ======================================================================== [1] EPIC Defends Student Privacy Rights in Federal Court ======================================================================== EPIC argued July 24 before a Washington, DC, federal district court in support of student privacy rights. EPIC's President Marc Rotenberg and Administrative Law Counsel Khaliah Barnes contended that recent proposals by the Department of Education would undercut student privacy rights and are in violation of federal law. In the case EPIC v. Dept. of Education, EPIC is challenging the US Education Department's 2011 changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which sets out rules requiring educational institutions to limit unnecessary disclosures of confidential student information. The Education Department's changes allow the release of student records for non-academic purposes and undercut parental consent provisions. In 2011, EPIC submitted extensive comments to the agency, opposing the changes on the grounds that the Education Department had proposed "recommendations that would undermine privacy safeguards set out in the statute and would unnecessarily expose students to new privacy risks." After the Education Department failed to modify the proposed regulations EPIC filed suit in early 2012, arguing that the changes exceeded the agency's authority, and that the revised regulations were not in accordance with the 1974 Privacy Act. "Through the FERPA's text, purpose, and legislative history, Congress unambigiously guaranteed students the right to prevent disclosure of directory information," EPIC stated. EPIC is joined in the lawsuit by EPIC Board of Directors members Grayson Barber, Pablo Garcia Molina, Peter Neumann, and Deborah Peel. EPIC: EPIC v. Dep't of Education http://epic.org/apa/ferpa/ US Dept. of Education: FERPA Final Regulations (Dec. 2, 2011) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-02/pdf/2011-30683.pdf EPIC: Complaint re: Proposed Ed. Dept. Regulations (Feb. 29, 2012) http://epic.org/privacy/student/EPIC_FERPA_Comments.pdf EPIC: Student Privacy http://epic.org/privacy/student/ EPIC: The Administrative Procedure Act http://epic.org/open_gov/Administrative-Procedure-Act.html ======================================================================== [2] FISA Court Renews, DOJ Defends, Unlawful Surveillance Program ======================================================================== The Director of National Intelligence has "filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking renewal of the authority to collect telephony metadata in bulk, and that the Court renewed that authority." This order from the FISA Court will allow the NSA to continue collecting records of all telephone calls in the US, including purely domestic communications. In a separate filing, the US Department of Justice announced July 18 that a New York federal district court could not overturn the FISA court's order. The DOJ further asserted, in a July 16 letter to Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), that "because the telephony metadata must be available in bulk to allow the NSA to identify records of terrorist communications, there are 'reasonable grounds to believe' that the data is relevant to an authorized investigation." The USA PATRIOT Act requires that business records be "relevant" to an investigation and does not allow the federal government to acquire them without cause. EPIC has filed a petition with the US Supreme Court challenging the lawfulness of the NSA domestic surveillance program. EPIC argues that the FISA court did not have legal authority to compel telephone company Verizon to turn over the telephone records of every customer. According to EPIC's petition, the FISA Court "exceeded its statutory jurisdiction when it ordered production of millions of domestic telephone records t hat cannot plausibly be relevant to an authorized investigation." ODNI: Renewal of NSA Authorization (Jul. 19, 2013) http://epic.org/redirect/072613-ODNI-reauth.html Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI): Letter from US DOJ (Jul. 16, 2013) http://epic.org/redirect/072613-sensenbrenner.html EPIC: Petition to the Supreme Court re: Verizon Order (Jul. 8, 2013) http://epic.org/EPIC-FISC-Mandamus-Petition.pdf EPIC: In re EPIC http://epic.org/privacy/nsa/in-re-epic/ ======================================================================== [3] NJ High Court Issues Landmark Location Privacy Decision ======================================================================== The Supreme Court of New Jersey held July 18 that individuals have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their cell phone location data under the New Jersey state constitution. This is the first state supreme-court decision to establish a constitutional right to privacy in location records. In State v. Earls, the New Jersey high court found that "cell-phone location information, which users must provide to receive service, can reveal a great deal of personal information about an individual." Consequently, law enforcement officers in New Jersey will be required to obtain a search warrant to track an individual's location. In order to communicate with the telephone network, a cell phone must be in constant contact with nearby cell towers. These connections create a "paper trail" of an individual's phone records. By examining the location of towers to which a phone is connected over a period of time, law enforcement can track a person's movements in great detail. In urban areas where cell phone towers are densely packed, a person's location can be pinpointed very precisely; tracking the phone is equivalent to tracking the person. The decision in State v. Earls is the first state supreme-court case upholding location privacy since the US Supreme Court's 2012 decision in US v. Jones, a GPS tracking case. The state of Montana has passed a similar statute requiring warrants to track cell phone location. EPIC submitted a "friend of the court" brief in State v. Earls. After filing briefs in support of a warrant requirement, EPIC Appellate Advocacy Counsel Alan Butler gave oral argument detailing how cell phone location tracking technology works in practice. The New Jersey Supreme Court's decision notes that "EPIC offered helpful details about the current state of cell-phone technology." New Jersey Supreme Court: Opinion in State v. Earls (Jul. 18, 2013) http://epic.org/redirect/072613-nj-earls-decision.html EPIC: State v. Earls http://epic.org/amicus/location/earls/ EPIC: United States v. Jones http://epic.org/amicus/jones/ State of Montana: House Bill 603 (Apr. 22, 2013) http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2013/billhtml/HB0603.htm EPIC: Locational Privacy http://epic.org/privacy/location_privacy ======================================================================== [4] EPIC Urges Oversight Board to Uphold Strong Open Government Rules ======================================================================== In recent extensive comments to the President's Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), EPIC urged the Board not to weaken the Freedom of Information and Sunshine Acts as proposed. PCLOB is an independent agency created to analyze and review the privacy and civil liberties impacts of executive branch counterterrorism efforts. The Board was established in by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, and is comprised of five members appointed by the President and confirmed by the US Senate. EPIC's comments assert, "Because PCLOB is a watchdog agency for government information practices," the Board's "open government regulations must increase transparency concerning government activity affecting privacy and civil liberties. The agency must make records that it maintains freely available to ensure that PCLOB and other agencies uphold individual privacy rights. Moreover, the agency must improve upon its past practices and become a leader in holding public discussions on topical government privacy issues." According to EPIC, the Board has proposed to adopt vague, broad, and otherwise unlawful definitions permitting the oversight agency to withhold information and delay document production. The proposed regulations also would allow the Board to encourage other agencies to classify information, and to terminate public participation in Board meetings "at any time for any reason." EPIC's comments allege that PCLOB's proposed regulations are unlawful, outside the scope of the Board's mandate, and that many of the proposed changes "directly contravene" the President's and Attorney General's statements on the importance of "the transparency of the federal government." EPIC recommends that the Board "revise the proposed regulations, remove the new barriers to access to government information, and incorporate new procedures that ease, not burden, the public's efforts to learn about the activities of its government. As currently written," EPIC concludes, "several of PCLOB's proposed revisions are contrary to the Freedom of Information Act and Sunshine Act, exceed the scope of the agency's rulemaking authority, and should be revised as indicated." EPIC: Comments to PCLOB on FOIA (Jul. 15, 2013) http://epic.org/open_gov/EPIC-PCLOB-FOIA.pdf Federal Register: Proposed Rule Changes for FOIA (May 15, 2013) http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-05-15/pdf/2013-11333.pdf EPIC: The Privacy Act of 1974 http://epic.org/privacy/1974act/ EPIC: The 9/11 Commission Report http://epic.org/privacy/terrorism/911comm.html EPIC: Open Government http://epic.org/open_gov/ ======================================================================== [5] EPIC Asks FTC To Investigate 'Magna Carta' App ======================================================================== EPIC has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Samsung, the publisher of a mobile app for rapper Jay-Z's new album "Magna Carta Holy Grail." According to EPIC's complaint, The "Magna Carta" app "collected massive amounts of personal information from users and required substantial user permissions." Additionally, states EPIC, "Samsung failed to disclose material information about the privacy practices of the App, collected data unnecessary to the functioning of the Magna Carta App, deprived users of meaningful choice regarding the collection of their data, interfered with device functionality, and failed to implement reasonable data minimization procedures." These practices, according to EPIC, "violate Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act and are actionable by the Commission." Specifically, the "Magna Carta" app collects user personal information, including: "a. Approximate user location using cell site locations and Wi-Fi networks b. Precise user location using precise location using the Global Positioning System (GPS), cell site locations, and Wi-Fi networks c. Mobile device identifiers, including the International Mobile Subscriber Identity and International Mobile Station Equipment Identity numbers, both of which are unique identifiers d. Time periods during which the phone is active e. Telephone numbers dialed f. The identity of other applications installed on the device." According to EPIC's complaint, the app can run in the background when users switch to other apps on their mobile devices; can continue to connect to the Internet while running; signs in as soon as users' phones are switched on, and has access to the phones' vibration and "sleep" functions. "The number of permissions requested" by the app, EPIC states, "verges on parody." EPIC's complaint further alleges that the "Magna Carta" app includes hidden spam techniques that force users to promote the album. The app requires users to log in to their Facebook or Twitter accounts in order to access any of the content: "In the run-up to the album's release," EPIC contends, "the Magna Carta App allowed users to view song lyrics, but only if the user posted a tweet or Facebook status update promoting the fact that they had unlocked each lyric." EPIC has asked the Commission to investigate Samsung and enjoin the company's unfair and "deceptive data collection practices for any future apps that it may offer." Specifically, EPIC has requested that the Commission: "a. Disgorge and delete the user data that was improperly obtained from those users who previously installed the Magna Carta App; b. Compel Samsung to comply with all of the requirements of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights for the Magna Carta App and all similar products and services; c. Compel Samsung to restrict its data collection to the user data necessary to run the app; and d. Provide such other relief as the Commission finds necessary and appropriate." Earlier in 2013, EPIC filed a complaint with the FTC against Snapchat, the publisher of a mobile app that claimed to delete photos and videos "forever." In fact, the photos and videos collected by Snapchat remained on users' phones following their purported EPIC's Snapchat complaint reminded the Commission to endorse "reasonable collection limits" and "sound retention practices." EPIC: Complaint to FTC re: "Magna Carta" App (Jul. 12, 2013) http://epic.org/ftc/EPICsamsungcomplaintFINAL.pdf EPIC: Jay-Z Magna Carta App http://epic.org/samsung_jay-z_magna_carta_app.html EPIC: Complaint to FTC re: Snapchat, May 16, 2013 http://epic.org/privacy/ftc/EPIC-Snapchat-Complaint.pdf EPIC: FTC http://epic.org/privacy/internet/ftc/ ======================================================================== [6] News in Brief ======================================================================== House Narrowly Defeats Bill to End NSA Domestic Surveillance Program In a close vote, the US House of Representatives voted 217 to 205 to reauthorize funding for the controversial NSA domestic surveillance program that has resulted in the collection of all American telephone customers' call records. The outcome followed intense lobbying by the Obama Administration and leaders of the intelligence community. The measure was introduced by Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI) and John Conyers (D-MI). EPIC has filed a petition with the US Supreme Court, charging that the program violates section 215 of the Patriot Act. A decision by the Court is expected in early October. US House: Roll Call Vote on NSA Surveillance Program (Jul. 24, 2013) http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll412.xml IC Officials: Letter in Support of NSA Program (Jul. 23, 2013) http://epic.org/redirect/072613-IC-NSA-letter.html Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI): Fact Sheet on NSA Amendment (Jul. 24, 2013) http://amash.house.gov/speech/amash-nsa-amendment-fact-sheet EPIC: In re EPIC - NSA Telephone Records Surveillance http://epic.org/privacy/nsa/in-re-epic/default.html EPIC Updates Congress on Organization's Response to NSA Surveillance EPIC has sent a letter to the US House Judiciary Committee detailing EPIC's response to the NSA domestic surveillance program. "In our view, the secret court simply lacks the legal authority to authorize this program of domestic surveillance," EPIC writes. EPIC has filed a petition with the US Supreme Court challenging the Verizon Order issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. EPIC is also petitioning the NSA to create public rules governing the agency's surveillance authorities. EPIC: Letter to US House re: NSA Surveillance Program (Jul. 15, 2013) http://epic.org/EPIC-Letter-to-House-Judiciary.pdf EPIC: Petition to US Supreme Court re: Verizon Order (Jul. 8, 2013) http://epic.org/EPIC-FISC-Mandamus-Petition.pdf EPIC: NSA Verizon Order (Apr. 25, 2013) http://epic.org/privacy/nsa/Section-215-Order-to-Verizon.pdf EPIC: Petition to NSA re: Domestic Surveillance http://epic.org/NSApetition/ EPIC: In re EPIC - NSA Telephone Records Surveillance http://epic.org/privacy/nsa/in-re-epic/default.html Justice Department Revises Rules on Obtaining Journalists' Records The US Department of Justice has issued a report outlining the department's revised rules for obtaining journalists' records. The policy change comes in the wake of controversies over the Department's subpoena of Associated Press calling records. The new rules establish a presumption that reporters will be notified when their records are sought, and raises the legal standard for access under the Privacy Protection Act of 1980, a law intended to protect journalists' records from government access. Following the AP controversy, EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the legal basis for the Justice Department's subpoena of reporters' phone records. US DoJ: 'Report on Review of News Media Policies' (Jul. 12, 2013) http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/2202013712162851796893.pdf US House: Hearing with AG Eric Holder re: AP Records (May 14, 2013) http://judiciary.house.gov/news/2013/05142013.html EPIC: FOIA Request to USDoJ re: Reporter Surveillance (May 14, 2013) http://epic.org/redirect/072613-EPIC-DOJ-FOIA.html EPIC: The Privacy Protection Act of 1980 http://epic.org/privacy/ppa/ EPIC: Free Flow of Information Act http://epic.org/free_speech/free_flow_of_information_act.html Web Working Group Rejects Industry 'Do Not Track' Proposal The World Wide Web Consortium has rejected a "Do Not Track" standard proposed by the online advertising industry. The industry proposal would have allowed advertising companies to continue to collect data on consumer browsing activities, but would have limited the way in which companies could characterize users based on that data. The working group stated that the industry proposal was "less protective of privacy and user choice than their earlier initiatives." Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), the Senate Commerce Committee Chair, has re-introduced legislation to regulate the commercial surveillance of consumers online. In 2010, EPIC recommended to Congress that an effective Do Not Track initiative must ensure that a consumer's decision is "enforceable, persistent, transparent, and simple." W3C: Rejection of Industry 'Do Not Track' Proposal (Jul. 15, 2013) http://www.w3.org/2011/tracking-protection/2013-july-decision/ Sen Jay Rockefeller (D-WV): Revised Do Not Track Bill (Feb. 28, 2013) http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s913 EPIC: Statement to Congress on DNT Legislation (Dec. 2, 2010) http://epic.org/redirect/072613-EPIC-Statement-DNT.html EPIC: Online Tracking and Behavioral Profiling http://epic.org/privacy/consumer/online_tracking_and_behavioral.html Study Finds Flaws in Proposed Mobile Short-Form Notice A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University has found that consumers are confused by the mobile app short-form notice currently proposed by participants of the NTIA, the US Department of Commerce's privacy multistakeholder process. The draft notice contains a list of data categories for which mobile apps must provide notice, but CMU study surveyed 800 mobile users and found that "participants had low agreement on how different data and entities should be categorized." In 2012, EPIC recommended that the Federal Trade Commission focus on substantive privacy protections instead of notice. CMU CyLab: Study on Mobile App Notices (Jul. 17, 2013) http://www.cylab.cmu.edu/files/pdfs/tech_reports/CMUCyLab13011.pdf US Dept. of Commerce: Privacy Multistakeholder Process Schedule http://www.ntia.doc.gov/category/privacy EPIC: Comments to FTC on Mobile Apps and Privacy (Jul. 11, 2012) http://epic.org/privacy/ftc/FTC-In-Short-Cmts-7-11-12-FINAL.pdf EPIC: NTIA Privacy Multistakeholder Process http://epic.org/apa/ntia/default.html ======================================================================== [7] EPIC in the News ======================================================================== "Are you being tracked while shopping? [Video]." CBS This Morning, July 29, 2013. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50151854n "Opponents of NSA surveillance emboldened by close House vote." The Hill, July 28, 2013. http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/313853-nsa-foes- emboldened-by-house-vote-#ixzz2aRaJ1kgU "A Black Box for Car Crashes." The New York Times, July 21, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/business/black-boxes-in-cars-a- question-of-privacy.html?_r=0 "N.J. Supreme Court: Police Need Warrant for Your Cellphone Data." Mashable, July 20, 2013. http://mashable.com/2013/07/19/new-jersey-court-warrant-cellphone- data/ Opinion: "Surveillance court too secretive: Our view." USA Today, July 18, 2013. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/07/18/foreign- intelligence-surveillance-court-nsa-editorials-debates/2567127/ Marc Rotenberg: "Supreme Court must protect our privacy from the government." CNN Opinion, July 17, 2013. http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/17/opinion/rotenberg-spying-supreme- court/index.html "No Clear Direction on Cellphone Location Tracking." Roll Call, July 17, 2013. http://www.rollcall.com/news/no_clear_direction_on_cellphone_ location_tracking-226437-1.html "Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods." The Register (UK), July 16, 2013. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/16/jay_z_magna_carter_album_ app_fury/ "Jay-Z App, Amazon Extension Slammed On Privacy." Information Week, July 15, 2013. http://www.informationweek.com/security/privacy/jay-z-app-amazon- extension-slammed-on-pr/240158281 "The Petition for Immediate Supreme Court Review of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Order Raises Thorny Procedural Issues." Justia, July 15, 2013. http://verdict.justia.com/2013/07/15/the-petition-for-immediate- supreme-court-review-of-a-foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court- order-raises-thorny-procedural-issues "US Public Split Over NSA Surveillance." VOA News, July 11, 2013. http://www.voanews.com/content/us-public-split-over-nsa- surveillance/1700226.html For More EPIC in the News: http://epic.org/news/epic_in_news.html ======================================================================== [8] EPIC Book Review: 'Spying on Democracy' ======================================================================== "Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance," Heidi Boghosian http://epic.org/redirect/072613-spying-on-democracy-boghosian.html Heidi Boghosian's "Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance" is a colorful, illustrative primer on governmental and private-sector intelligence gathering. Boghosian, Executive Director of the progressive National Lawyers' Guild, draws on recent events and American "near-history" to demonstrate such concepts as wiretapping, surveillance drone usage, government-contracted corporate spying, and interagency fusion centers. Each of the book's 13 chapters takes on a different method or characteristic of data gathering, primarily centered around citizens acting in their capacity as private individuals. Boghosian particularly focuses on individual First Amendment rights, and the ways in which public and private surveillance impact and infringe upon them. Thus, a chapter on attorney-client privilege explores the ways that FBI and NSA monitoring of public-interest law associations has impeded their work, from the beginnings of the Cold War through the present day. A later chapter covers another fundamental First Amendment right - freedom of the press - and provides an overview of the US government's history of domestic surveillance of journalists. Boghosian also turns her unflinching analysis to corporate culture and the ways in which private companies contribute to a surveillance society. "Spying on Democracy"'s second chapter, for example, focuses on migrant farm workers who pick the tomatoes used by Burger King, McDonald's, and Taco Bell. When human-rights organizations began to demonstrate on behalf of the underpaid and often mistreated migrant workers, Boghosian writes, Burger King hired a private espionage firm to infiltrate the organization: ". . . Florida's Fort Myers News-Press [published] that the newspaper had identified emails originating from Burger King's corporate headquarters in Miami as the source of threatening messages sent to Immokalee Workers and the Student/ Farmworker's Alliance." This tactic of spying on critics in order to undermine, intimidate, and discredit them is not unique to one or two firms, Boghosian maintains; rather, it is a practice endemic to a surveillance society. "Spying on Democracy" also demonstrates how public and private surveillance have merged, particularly over the past 10 to 20 years. In a chapter about children's privacy, Boghosian describes PlayMobil's "Security Checkpoint" play set, which helps "habituate [children] to accept daily surveillance.". In another chapter, she discusses the relationship between private surveillance firms and the federal intelligence community, which often hire private contractors to conduct their domestic spying, and how interdependent both sectors have become. "Spying on Democracy" is an excellent collection of topics and buzzwords; chapters are organized into tidy subsections, each of which provides a brief but thorough description of a concept or incident. As a result, the book reads like an encyclopedia with good narrative structure, or a set of educational short stories. Boghosian's thesis, while never explicitly laid out, permeates the entire text: that the cooperation between private and public surveillance apparatus impedes the rights of private citizens to speak, write, organize, assemble and object. "Spying on Democracy" is not a scholarly read, but it is fast- paced, active, and punctuated with photographs. And for the more academically inclined, it is also replete with well-cited footnotes. -- Julia Horwitz ================================ EPIC Publications: "Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws 2010," edited by Harry A. Hammitt, Marc Rotenberg, John A. Verdi, Ginger McCall, and Mark S. Zaid (EPIC 2010). Price: $75. http://epic.org/bookstore/foia2010/ Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws is the most comprehensive, authoritative discussion of the federal open access laws. This updated version includes new material regarding President Obama's 2009 memo on Open Government, Attorney General Holder's March 2009 memo on FOIA Guidance, and the new executive order on declassification. The standard reference work includes in-depth analysis of litigation under: the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and the Government in the Sunshine Act. The fully updated 2010 volume is the 25th edition of the manual that lawyers, journalists and researchers have relied on for more than 25 years. ================================ "Information Privacy Law: Cases and Materials, Second Edition" Daniel J. Solove, Marc Rotenberg, and Paul Schwartz. (Aspen 2005). Price: $98. http://www.epic.org/redirect/aspen_ipl_casebook.html This clear, comprehensive introduction to the field of information privacy law allows instructors to enliven their teaching of fundamental concepts by addressing both enduring and emerging controversies. The Second Edition addresses numerous rapidly developing areas of privacy law, including: identity theft, government data mining and electronic surveillance law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, intelligence sharing, RFID tags, GPS, spyware, web bugs, and more. Information Privacy Law, Second Edition, builds a cohesive foundation for an exciting course in this rapidly evolving area of law. ================================ "Privacy & Human Rights 2006: An International Survey of Privacy Laws and Developments" (EPIC 2007). Price: $75. http://www.epic.org/phr06/ This annual report by EPIC and Privacy International provides an overview of key privacy topics and reviews the state of privacy in over 75 countries around the world. The report outlines legal protections, new challenges, and important issues and events relating to privacy. Privacy & Human Rights 2006 is the most comprehensive report on privacy and data protection ever published. ================================ "The Public Voice WSIS Sourcebook: Perspectives on the World Summit on the Information Society" (EPIC 2004). Price: $40. http://www.epic.org/bookstore/pvsourcebook This resource promotes a dialogue on the issues, the outcomes, and the process of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). This reference guide provides the official UN documents, regional and issue-oriented perspectives, and recommendations and proposals for future action, as well as a useful list of resources and contacts for individuals and organizations that wish to become more involved in the WSIS process. ================================ "The Privacy Law Sourcebook 2004: United States Law, International Law, and Recent Developments," Marc Rotenberg, editor (EPIC 2005). Price: $40. http://www.epic.org/bookstore/pls2004/ The Privacy Law Sourcebook, which has been called the "Physician's Desk Reference" of the privacy world, is the leading resource for students, attorneys, researchers, and journalists interested in pursuing privacy law in the United States and around the world. It includes the full texts of major privacy laws and directives such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Privacy Act, and the OECD Privacy Guidelines, as well as an up-to-date section on recent developments. New materials include the APEC Privacy Framework, the Video Voyeurism Prevention Act, and the CAN-SPAM Act. ================================ "Filters and Freedom 2.0: Free Speech Perspectives on Internet Content Controls" (EPIC 2001). Price: $20. http://www.epic.org/bookstore/filters2.0 A collection of essays, studies, and critiques of Internet content filtering. These papers are instrumental in explaining why filtering threatens free expression. ================================ EPIC publications and other books on privacy, open government, free expression, and constitutional values can be ordered at: EPIC Bookstore http://www.epic.org/bookstore ================================ EPIC also publishes EPIC FOIA Notes, which provides brief summaries of interesting documents obtained from government agencies under the Freedom of Information Act. Subscribe to EPIC FOIA Notes at: http://mailman.epic.org/mailman/listinfo/foia_notes ======================================================================= [9] Upcoming Conferences and Events ======================================================================= The Public Voice Conference, Warsaw, Poland, September 2013. 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