Tag Archives: EPIC

Motion Filed to Stop Google's New Terms of Service (ToS) and Privacy Policies

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a Motion to enjoin Google from implementing new ToS and Privacy Policies on March 1, 2012. On February 8, 2012 EPIC filed a Motion for Temporary relief against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enforce Google’s March 2011 Agreement Containing Consent Order which included the FTC’s oversight on Google’s … Continue reading this entry

Privacy at Risk? - Feds to Monitor Twitter & Facebook

US citizens expect the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to protect the country from potential threats, but the recent announcement that DHS will monitor Twitter & Facebook will surely cause privacy advocates great concern. Social Media has been used extensively in the government uprisings world-wide and DHS is now drawing up guidelines to monitor Social Media. … Continue reading this entry

Obama Gets Mediocre Privacy Grades

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) issued its second annual privacy report card with lower grades of “C for consumer data protection efforts and a D on civil liberties.” Mark Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC said "Our bottom-line assessment is that with respect to privacy, things are getting worse.” The EPIC is pleased that President Obama’s … Continue reading this entry

Web 2.0 - FTC Complaint about Google Buzz and Social Media Optimization

EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) filed a complaint with the FTC that Google’s new Buzz significantly breached “consumers’ expectations of privacy.” Many complaints were made after Google’s recent launch of Buzz, because Buzz automatically created “public circles of friends for users based on their most frequent Gmail contacts.” EPIC wants the FTC to order Google … Continue reading this entry

Privacy Advocates Alarmed - White House Proposes Change to Allow Tracking of US Government Websites

Since 2000 the US government websites generally prohibit tracking of visitors except if there is a compelling need, and the White House Office of Management and Budget is considering an end of this ban and make changes to promote social networking. In the future transparent government may mean that visitors to US government websites are … Continue reading this entry

Are We Any Safer Because the NSA Exceeded its Authority to Intercept eMails?

A report that the National Security Agency (NSA) exceeded its authority by intercepting emails and phone calls of Americans make some people feel safer, and others wary. Many speculate that these massive email and phone call interceptions are systematic and intentional. For instance the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have … Continue reading this entry