• EPIC  2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom: June 6, 2018

    EPIC will present the 2018 EPIC Champion of Freedom Awards on June 6, 2018 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Register today to join us for this special event.

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  • EPIC  2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom: June 6, 2018

    EPIC will present the 2018 EPIC Champion of Freedom Awards on June 6, 2018 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Judge Pat Wald received the 2017 EPIC Champion of Freedom Award. Register today to join us for this special event.

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  • EPIC  2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom: June 6, 2018

    EPIC will present the 2018 EPIC Champion of Freedom Awards on June 6, 2018 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Human rights champion Garry Kasparov received the 2017 EPIC Champion of Freedom Award. Register today to join us for this special event.

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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 to Call 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

Amazon Echo Secretly Recorded And Disclosed User's Private Conversation

"Alexa" secretly recorded the private conversation of a Portland woman and sent it to one of her contacts, according to a news report. The Federal Wiretap Act makes it a crime to intentionally intercept a private communication. In 2015, EPIC urged the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to investigate whether "always on" smart home devices violated federal wiretap law. EPIC recently warned the Consumer Product Safety Commission that the Google Home Mini continuously record users' private conversations because of a product defect. And EPIC recently testified before the CPSC on the need to regulate privacy and security hazards posed by Internet of Things devices.


EPIC Calls on FEC to Pass Stronger Transparency Rules for Political Ads

EPIC submitted comments on the Federal Election Commission's (FEC) proposed rules for political ads on the internet. The FEC proposed two alternative rules, one which would hold internet companies to the same standard as traditional media companies and one which would make exceptions for online ads. EPIC stated: "FEC rules should be technology-neutral and consistent across media platforms." EPIC also recommended that the FEC adopt algorithmic transparency rules, which would require advertisers to disclose the demographic factors behind targeted political ads, as well as the source and payment, and maintain a public directory of advertiser data. EPIC's Project on Democracy and Cybersecurity, established after the 2016 presidential election, seeks to safeguard democratic institutions from various forms of cyber attack.


US and European Consumer Groups Urge Global Compliance with GDPR

Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), a coalition of US and European consumer groups, has written to ninety-five major internet companies, including Amazon and Google, seeking compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a baseline standard for all users worldwide. TACD wrote, "Strong privacy standards should apply to everyone who uses online platforms and services no matter where they live." The letter states that "European regulation provides a solid foundation for data protection, establishing clear responsibilities for companies that collect personal data and clear rights for people whose data is gathered." Following an earlier TACD letter and questions from Congress, Marc Zuckerberg said Facebook would apply GDPR protections in all jurisdictions. The TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue was established in 1998 and works to promote the consumer interest in EU and US policy making.


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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.