• In Senate Testimony, EPIC Calls for Reform of Credit Reporting Industry

    In Senate Testimony, EPIC Calls for Reform of Credit Reporting Industry

    EPIC President Marc Rotenberg testifies before the Senate Banking Committee. Mr. Rotenberg warned "Today our country faces cyber attacks from foreign adversaries and it is the personal data stored by U.S. companies that is the target." (Image: Getty 2017)

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  • Equifax, the Credit Reporting Industry, and What Congress Should Do Next

    Equifax, the Credit Reporting Industry, and What Congress Should Do Next

    In the Harvard Business Review, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg outlines next steps for Congress following the Equifax breach.

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  • Let's Use Government Data  to Make Better Policy

    Let's Use Government Data to Make Better Policy

    In Scientific American, EPIC President Marc Rotenberg discusses big data, fact-based policy, and privacy.

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  • After EPIC Privacy Complaint, Uber Settles with FTC

    After EPIC Privacy Complaint, Uber Settles with FTC

    After an EPIC complaint about Uber's privacy practices, Uber has entered into a consent agreement with the FTC. The agreement prohibits Uber from misrepresenting how it monitors or secures consumer information and requires Uber to implement a comprehensive privacy program and obtain independent audits. In 2015, EPIC filed a complaint with the FTC charging that Uber's plan to track users and gather contact details was an unlawful and deceptive trade practice.

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  • Google Purchase Tracking Complaint

    EPIC Files FTC Complaint to Stop Google from Tracking In-Store Purchases

    EPIC has filed a complaint with the FTC asking the agency to investigate Google's tracking of in-store purchases. According to EPIC, Google collects billions of credit and debit card transactions and then links that personal data to the activities of Internet users. EPIC's complaint asks the FTC to stop Google's tracking of in-store purchases and determine whether Google adequately protects consumer privacy.

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  • House Leaders Call for End to Collection of state Voter Records

    House Leaders Call for End to Collection of State Voter Records

    House leaders have called for an end to the collection of state voter records, citing the fact that the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity has suspended the collection of state voter data in response to EPIC's lawsuit. The leaders said that "any temporary halt is sufficient." EPIC's case is pending.

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  • 51 Reasons to End the Collection of State Voter Records by the Presidential Election Commission

    EPIC Launches "51 Reasons - Protect Voter Data"

    EPIC has established a new web site in response to the request from the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity for state voter records. "51 Reasons to End the Collection of State Voter Records by the Presidential Election Commision" includes comments from state election officials, specialists in election integrity, news organizations, voters, and public officials across the country.

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    EPIC Lawsuit Blocks Collection of State Voter Data by Commission

    The President's Election Commission has announced it has suspended the collection of state voter data in response to EPIC's lawsuit. The Commission told states "not to submit any data until this Court rules” on EPIC's motion.

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  • EPIC Cloud 2017

    EPIC 2017

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2017, 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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  • Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2017, EPIC has important work to do on protecting democratic institutions, algorithmic transparency, and government surveillace, among many other issues. Please donate to EPIC today to help us continue this important work.

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Top News

Communications Privacy Directive Moves Forward in European Parliament

European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs - or LIBE Committee - has approved an update to EU communications privacy law in a key step toward finalizing the regulation. The proposed e-Privacy Regulation would extend consumer safeguards to users of all online communications services, cover content and metadata, and limit tracking of internet users. The Members recommended "privacy by default" settings be standardized, strong encryption by providers, and that users' consent obtained before the use of any personal data. In the U.S., EPIC has urged the Federal Communication Commission to bring U.S. law up to date with a similar, comprehensive approach to communications privacy. Next, the full European Parliament will vote on the legislation this week.


Report: Body Cameras Failed to Improve Police Behavior

In the largest study to date of police body cameras, a new report concluded that the cameras had no impact on police use of force and civilian complaints. The report is a result of a project in Washington, D.C. to assess the benefits of the body cameras worn by the Metropolitan Police Department. EPIC previously testified before the D.C. City Council, warning of the risks of mass public surveillance and arguing that police body cameras were "an intrusive and ineffective technology that does not address underlying problems with police accountability."


Pew Survey Examines "Future of Truth and Misinformation Online"

The Pew Research Center released a report on how to address the spread of digital misinformation in the coming decade. The report's respondents were evenly divided on whether technological advances in the coming decade will fix the problem of misinformation, or only compound it. EPIC President Marc Rotenberg told Pew, "The problem with online news is structural: There are too few gatekeepers, and the internet business model does not sustain quality journalism. The reason is simply that advertising revenue has been untethered from news production." The prevalence of "fake news" was one of the most significant issues in the 2016 presidential election. EPIC's Democracy and Cybersecurity Project seeks to restore integrity in democratic elections. EPIC is also pursuing details of the Russian election interference in FOIA cases against the FBI, the Office of Director in National Intelligence, and the IRS. This week several senators introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen disclosure requirements for online political ads.


EPIC, Coalition Call for Public Hearings on Surveillance Reform Proposals »

EPIC Opposes DHS Plan for Social Media Surveillance »

EPIC Urges Congress, GSA to Suspend Collection of State Voter Data »

Senate Bill to Improve Transparency and Accountability for Online Political Ads »

EU Approves Data Transfer Arrangement, But Seeks Stronger U.S. Privacy Protections »

Scrutiny of Presidential Election Commission Grows »

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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. ODNI: Seeking release of the Complete ODNI Assessment of the Russian interference with 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

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

Democracy and Cybersecurity

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EPIC has launched a new project on Democracy and Cybersecurity to address growing concerns about cyber attacks on democratic institutions.