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    EPIC, CDD Charge WhatsApp Policy Change Unlawful, Urge FTC to Act

    EPIC and the Center for Digital Democracy have filed a complaint with the FTC concerning WhatsApp's plan to transfer user data, including personal phone numbers, to Facebook. This reversal contradicts WhatsApp’s previous promises to users that their personal information would not be disclosed and would not be used for marketing purposes.

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    EPIC, Verified Voting, Common Cause Release Report on Ballot Secrecy

    EPIC, Verified Voting, and Common Cause have released a report highlighting the right to a secret ballot and how Internet voting threatens voter privacy. All 50 states recognize ballot secrecy as a core value. Despite this, 32 states and DC are promoting Internet voting, typically for overseas and military voters, and are asking those voters to waive their right to a secret ballot.

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    EPIC Defends Right of Data Breach Victims to Seek Legal Relief

    EPIC has filed an amicus brief urging a federal appeals court to protect a consumer’s ability to sue companies that fail to protect their personal information. A group of consumers sued a grocery chain after faulty security practices left their credit card information exposed to hackers. In its brief, EPIC said courts should focus on whether companies have violated a legal obligation such as safeguarding personal data, including credit card information.

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    EPIC Launches "Data Protection 2016" to Make Privacy a Campaign Issue

    Noting widespread concern about the state of privacy in America, EPIC has launched "Data Protection 2016," a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election. DataProtection2016 shows widespread support for stronger privacy protections in the United States. Campaign materials, including buttons and stickers, are available.

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    EPIC 2016

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2016, EPIC has important work to do on algorithmic transparency, student privacy, and government surveillace, among many other issues. Please donate to EPIC today to help us continue this important work.

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    Privacy Law and Society Casebook, Third Edition

    The Third Edition of Privacy Law and Society by Anita Allen and Marc Rotenberg is the most comprehensive casebook on privacy law ever produced. It traces the development of modern privacy law, from the early tort cases to present day disputes over drone surveillance, facial recognition, and the Internet of Things.

    Learn more at privacylawandsociety.org »

  • Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2016, EPIC has important work to do on algorithmic transparency, student privacy, and government surveillace, among many other issues. Please donate to EPIC today to help us continue this important work.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC. »

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    Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions

    EPIC's new book, Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions is an essential reference for policy makers and researchers, journalists and scholars, and others looking for answers to one of the biggest challenges of our modern day. The premise is clear: there’s a problem - let's find a solution.

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Top News

EPIC Publishes "Privacy Law Sourcebook 2016"

EPIC proudly announces the 2016 edition of the Privacy Law Sourcebook, the definitive reference guide to US and international privacy law. The Privacy Law Sourcebook is an edited collection of the primary legal instruments for privacy protection in the modern age, including United States law, International law, and recent developments. The Sourcebook includes recent US law, such as the FREEDOM Act, and the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the UN Resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Modern Age, and regional privacy agreements. The Privacy Law Sourcebook 2016 is available for purchase from the EPIC Bookstore. EPIC will make the Privacy Law Sourcebook freely available to NGOs and human rights organizations.


Nickelodeon Plaintiffs Ask Supreme Court to Hear Video Privacy Case

The plaintiffs in the In re Nickelodeon class action recently asked the Supreme Court to hear their case.  In June, a federal appeals court rejected claims that Viacom and Google violated the Video Privacy Protection Act, holding that static IP and MAC addresses are not “personally identifiable information.” The opinion contradicted a ruling from a different federal appeals court which held that  unique IDs are personally identifiable under the video privacy law.  EPIC filed an amicus brief in the Nickelodeon case, explaining that Congress defined personal information broadly “to ensure that the underlying intent of the Act—to safeguard personal information against unlawful disclosure—is preserved as technology evolves.”   The petition is C.A.F. v. Viacom, case number 16-346.


Massachusetts Court Upholds Privacy Rights of Cell Phone Users

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled today in Commonwealth v. White that the Fourth Amendment prohibits law enforcement from seizing a cell phone based simply on an officer’s suspicion that a cell phone may be used in a crime, finding that a warrant must be obtained prior to the seizure of the phone. EPIC filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that "digital is different," and therefore the legal standard for warrantless searches of contraband in schools does not apply to cell phones. EPIC also explained the significance of Riley v. California, the recent Supreme Court  that established a warrant requirement for searches of cell phones. The EPIC State Policy Project coordinated the EPIC amicus brief in the case.


EPIC Celebrates International Access to Information Day »

EPIC Urges Congress to Protect Voter Privacy »

Senators Seek Answers About Yahoo's Massive Data Breach »

Germany Prohibits WhatsApp Data Transfer to Facebook »

EPIC Files Suit to Block "Invasive and Ineffective" Airport Body Scanner Program »

Secret Ballot At Risk in Maryland After Election Board Vote »

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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: Seeking unpublished reports from the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General.

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Appellate Advocacy »

In re SuperValu: Whether Victims of Data Breaches Must Suffer Certainly Impending or Actual Concrete Harms (i.e., Damages) In Order to Sue

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EPIC State Policy Project »

EPIC's State Policy project, launched in the Spring of 2015, aims to track legislation across the country to identify trends and emerging issues impacting privacy and civil liberties.

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Privacy Campaigns »

EPIC has launched "Data Protection 2016," a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election.