• International Privacy Conference in Brussels

    International Privacy Conference in Brussels

    The 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners will take place in Brussels, October 24-25. The EPIC Public Voice Fund will sponsor NGO participation.

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  • US NGOs Meet with Members of European Parliament

    US NGOs Meet with Members of European Parliament

    Claude Moreas, Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee ("LIBE") of the European Parliament, speaking with US NGOs at the Fund for Constitutional Government in Washington, DC. July 18, 2018.

  • US NGOs Meet with Members of European Parliament

    US NGOs Meet with Members of European Parliament

    Members of the Civil Liberties Committee ("LIBE") of the European Parliament, meeting with US NGOs at the Fund for Constitutional Government in Washington, DC. July 18, 2018.

  • EPIC  2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    The Future of Privacy in America after GDPR

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted a discussion on the Future of Privacy in America after GDPR at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Advocates from the U.S. and abroad joined us for this important discussion.

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • Privacy Law Sourcebook

    Privacy Law Sourcebook

    The new European Union privacy law -- the "GDPR" -- is now central in the debate over the future of privacy. EPIC makes the complete text of the GDPR available in the Privacy Law Sourcebook.

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  • Rotenberg Testifies in House

    In Congressional Testimony, EPIC Calls For Comprehensive Privacy Law, New Privacy Agency

    EPIC President Marc Rotenberg recently testified before the House Financial Services Committee. EPIC called for comprehensive data protection legislation and the creation of a federal data protection agency.

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  • EPIC 2018 International Privacy Champions

    EPIC 2018 International Privacy Champion Awards

    EPIC presented the 2018 International Privacy Champion Awards to Privacy International Director Gus Hosein and Professor Artemi Rallo at the Conference on Computers, Privacy, Data Protection in Brussels, Belgium.

  • Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2018, EPIC will work to protect democratic institutions, promote algorithmic transparency, and defend the right to privacy. We need your support. And EPIC is a top-rated non-profit - Charity Navigator (Four Star) and Guidestar (Gold). Please donate to EPIC today.

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Top News

EPIC to FTC: Google's Location Tracking Violates Consent Order

Following a report that Google tracks user location even when users opt-out, EPIC wrote to the FTC that Google violated the 2011 consent order. EPIC said "Google's subsequent changes to its policy, after it has already obtained location data on Internet users, fails to comply with the 2011 order." EPIC also told the FTC that "The Commission's inactions have made the Internet less safe and less secure for users and consumers." The 2011 settlement with Google followed a detailed complaint brought by EPIC and a coalition of consumer organizations. The groups charged that Google had engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices when it changed the privacy settings of Gmail users and opted them into Google Buzz. The FTC agreed with the consumer groups, Google entered into a settlement and Buzz was shuttered. FTC chairman John Liebowitz said at the time, "When companies make privacy pledges, they need to honor them. This is a tough settlement that ensures that Google will honor its commitments to consumers and build strong privacy protections into all of its operations."


Court Blocks EPIC's Efforts to Obtain "Predictive Analytics Report"

A federal court in the District of Columbia has blocked EPIC's efforts to obtain a secret "Predictive Analytics Report" in a FOIA case against the Department of Justice. The court sided with the agency which had withheld the report and claimed the "Presidential communications privilege." Neither the Supreme Court nor the D.C. Circuit has never permitted a federal agency to invoke that privilege. EPIC sued the agency in 2017 to obtain records about "risk assessment" tools in the criminal justice system. These techniques are used to set bail, determine criminal sentences, and even contribute to determinations about guilt or innocence. Many criminal justice experts oppose their use. EPIC has pursued several FOIA cases to promote "algorithmic transparency," passenger risk assessment, "future crime" prediction, and proprietary forensic analysis. The case is EPIC v. DOJ (Aug. 14, 2018 D.D.C.). EPIC is considering an appeal.


EPIC, Consumer Groups Urge FTC to conclude Facebook Investigation

EPIC and a coalition of consumer groups have asked the FTC to conclude the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica investigation by September 1, 2018. The groups said, "It is critical that the FTC conclude the Facebook matter, issue a significant fine, and ensure that the company upholds its privacy commitments to users.” Congress and the European Parliament have both conducted extensive hearings on the Cambridge Analytica matter. The U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office conducted an extensive investigation, published a substantial report, and issued a significant fine in July. The FTC announced in March that it would reopen the Facebook investigation.


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EPIC Urges Senate Committee to Press FCC on Privacy »

D.C. Circuit Announces Panel in EPIC v. IRS, FOIA Case for Trump's Tax Returns »

EPIC Comments on Second Annual Privacy Shield Review »

Following EPIC Comments, FTC Strengthens Safeguards for Kids' Data in Gaming Industry »

International Privacy Experts Adopt Recommendations for Cross-Border Law Enforcement Requests for Data »

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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. FTC: Seeking disclosure of Facebook assessments, reports, and related records required by the 2012 FTC Consent Order.

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Appellate Advocacy »

In re: OPM Data Security Breach Litigation: Whether the government's failure to safeguard sensitive personal data from a breach violated individuals' constitutional right to informational privacy and caused a cognizable injury under Article III.

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EPIC Policy Project »

EPIC provides expertise to shape strong privacy and open government laws at both the state and federal level.

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Privacy Campaigns »

EPIC has launched a new project promoting PrivacyNow!, including updates to U.S. privacy laws.