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    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2019, EPIC has worked 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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    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Professor Anita Allen knows that EPIC is changing the privacy debate and asks you to support EPIC as she does. Support EPIC today!

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    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Security expert Bruce Schneier knows that EPIC is on the front lines of the most important civil liberties issues of our age and asks you to support our work. Support EPIC today!

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    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Professor and McArthur Genius Grant Recipient Danielle Citron knows EPIC is fighting for privacy and democracy. Support EPIC today!

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    Human Rights Activist and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov knows that supporting EPIC is a smart move. Support EPIC today!

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    Researcher and Professor danah boyd knows how important EPIC's diligence is. Support EPIC today!

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    Craig Newmark appreciates the good work EPIC has done to protect our privacy and asks you to support EPIC's work as he does. Support EPIC today!

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  • EPIC Cloud 2019

    EPIC 2019

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2019, EPIC has important work to do on algorithmic transparency, facial recognition, data protection and democracy, among many other issues. Please donate to EPIC today to help us continue this important work.

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  • EPIC - Ban Face Surveillance

    EPIC Launches Campaign to Ban Face Surveillance

    EPIC has launched a campaign to ban face surveillance. EPIC will publish information on face surveillance laws, reports, and protests worldwide.

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  • EPIC - Grading the Curve

    EPIC Report Ranks Online Privacy Act #1

    EPIC has released an updated detailed analysis of the privacy bills in Congress. According to EPIC, Repreventatives Eshoo and Lofgren's Online Privacy Act ranks #1. EPIC's report reviews recent developments, sets out a model bill, and assesses pending legislation. The EPIC Report finds that several of the bills in Congress lack the basic elements of a privacy law, such as an opportunity for individuals to enforce their rights.

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  • US Needs a Data Protection Agency

    EPIC Launches Campaign For a Data Protection Agency

    EPIC has launched a campaign promoting the creation of a Data Protection Agency in the United States. While the FTC helps to safeguard consumers and promote competition, it is not a data protection agency. The U.S. needs a federal data protection agency focused on privacy protection, compliance with data protection obligations, and emerging privacy challenges.

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  • EPIC - Enforce the Order

    EPIC Challenges FTC-Facebook Settlement, Asks Court to Hear from Privacy Groups

    EPIC has filed a Motion to Intervene in United States v. Facebook to protect the interests of Facebook users. EPIC said the settlement "is not adequate, reasonable, or appropriate."

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Top News

CBP Drops Airport Face Scanning Proposal

Customs and Border Protection has removed its proposal to require U.S. citizens to undergo mandatory face recognition at airports, following widespread protest. Currently, only foreign nationals are required to undergo facial screening at airports. According to a CBP spokesperson, the agency has "no current plans to require U.S. citizens to provide photographs upon entry and exit from the United States," and that it "intends to have the planned regulatory action...removed from the unified agenda next time its published." Senator Ed Markey previously blasted CBP's proposal. After CBP reversed its proposed plan, Senator Markey stated "we cannot take our right to privacy for granted. Americans still need protection from facial recognition technology..." and that the planned to introduce legislation to ban biometric surveillance. EPIC is pursuing a lawsuit to uncover documents about the opt-out procedures in CBP's Biometric Entry-Exit program. Congress has explained to Congress and the agency that its Biometric Entry-Exit program unfairly burdens travelers exercising their rights to opt-out of biometric identification. EPIC recently launched a global campaign calling for a moratorium on the use of face recognition for mass surveillance.


Facebook Asks Supreme Court to Review Face Scan Decision

Facebook has filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to review a decision that allows lawsuits against Facebook for the unlawful collection of facial images. In Patel v. Facebook, the Ninth Circuit held that that an Illinois biometrics law protects "concrete privacy interests" and that violations of the law "pose a material risk of harm to those privacy interests." EPIC filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that users can sue companies that violate rights protected by privacy laws. EPIC has long advocated for limits on the use of biometric data and has opposed Facebook's use of facial recognition software. EPIC and others recently called for a global moratorium on facial recognition. EPIC recently launched a campaign and resource page to ban face surveillance.


Senators Demand Answers on Algorithmic Bias in Healthcare

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent letters to health insurance companies and two government agencies (the FTC and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) asking how they're addressing bias in health care algorithms. The Senators wrote: "Unfortunately, both the people who design these complex systems, and the massive sets of data that are used, have many historical and human biases built in. Without very careful consideration, the algorithms they subsequently create can further perpetuate those very biases." Booker and Wyden recently introduced the Algorithmic Accountability Act, which would direct businesses to correct discriminatory algorithms. EPIC has promoted Algorithmic Transparency, supported the Universal Guidelines for AI, and published the first reference book on AI policy.


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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: Seeking the final report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller concerning Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Appellate Advocacy »

Department of Commerce v. New York: Whether the Department of Commerce and Census Bureau violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it added a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

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

US Needs a Data Protection Agency

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EPIC recently launched a campaign to promote the creation of a Data Protection Agency in the U.S.