• Enforce FTC Facebook Order Slide

    #EnforceTheOrder

    With the one-year deadline of the reopening of the Facebook investigation approaching, EPIC has launched the campaign #EnforceTheOrder. EPIC is urging the Federal Trade Commission to act before March 26, 2019.

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  • Enforce FTC Facebook Order Slide

    #EnforceTheOrder

    With the one-year deadline of the reopening of the Facebook investigation approaching, EPIC has launched the campaign #EnforceTheOrder. EPIC is urging the Federal Trade Commission to act before March 26, 2019.

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  • Slave To The Algorithm

    OECD: Slave To The Algorithm

    EPIC President Marc Rotenberg took part in a discussion about a new film "Slave to the Algorithm" at the opening of the OECD Going Digital Summit. The Public Voice has proposed the Universal Guidelines for AI, a framework for the protection of human rights.

  • EPIC 2019 International Privacy Champions

    EPIC 2019 International Privacy Champion Awards

    At the Computers, Freedom, and Data Protection conference in Brussels, EPIC presented the 2019 Champion of Privacy awards to EDPS Giovanni Buitarelli and former EDRi director Joe McNAmee. Also pictured are Kristina Irion, Marc Rotenberg, Max Schrems, Shoshana Zuboff, and members of the EDPS staff.

  • Privacy Protection Framework

    Consumer Organizations Announce New Framework for US Privacy Protection, Propose Privacy Agency

    EPIC joined 16 organizations in support of a “A Framework for Privacy Protection in the United States. The consumer framework states that the Federal Trade Commission has failed to enforce the orders it has established and calls for a U.S. data protection agency.

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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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  • Universal Guidelines for AI

    Universal Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence

    New developments in Artificial Intelligence are transforming the world, from science and industry to government administration and finance. The Universal Guidelines set out 12 principles to "inform and improve the design and use of AI. The Guidelines are intended to maximize the benefits of AI, to minimize the risk, and to ensure the protection of human rights."

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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 2019, 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

Supreme Court Remands Controversial Cy Pres Deal

The Supreme Court today sent Frank v. Gaos back to the lower courts because the Court could not decide if the proposed settlement in a privacy case was "fair, reasonable, and adequate" or if the case was properly before the Court. The case involves Google's disclosure of search histories to third parties without consent, a business practice that could violate several privacy laws. Under the terms of the settlement, there was no benefit to Internet users and Google was not prohibited from continuing the allegedly unlawful practice. In an amicus brief, EPIC stated, "the proposed settlement is bad for consumers and does nothing to change Google's business practices." EPIC and several organization objected to the original settlement on three separate occasions. EPIC routinely opposes settlements that fail to provide an actual benefit to Internet users. In this case, the Justices ordered the parties to address whether the Spokeo v. Robbins decision permits consumer privacy to go forward. EPIC filed a brief in Spokeo in support of consumers, and has filed similar briefs siding with consumers in several other cases.


EPIC, Coalition Call on Congress to End NSA Surveillance Program

EPIC joined civil liberties organizations this week in a statement to the House Judiciary Committee, calling for a permanent end to the NSA's phone record collection program. The groups asked that Congress to "hold hearings and make public information critical to permit an informed debate over the reauthorization of Section 215 and other provisions of the Patriot Act, which are set to expire December 15, 2019." The National Security Agency has reportedly ended the collection of Americans' phone records. The USA Freedom Act limited the NSA's bulk collection program. The NSA also acknowledged compliance problems and opposition to renewal is growing. In 2013, EPIC filed a petition with the Supreme Court, challenging the lawfulness of the NSA program. EPIC previously called for an end to the phone record collection program.


Rep. Cicilline: FTC Must Investigate Facebook's Antitrust Violations

In a New York Times op-ed, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Antitrust, has asked the FTC to investigate Facebook for violating antitrust laws. Citing EPIC's work, Chairman Cicilline said "For years, privacy advocates have alerted the commission that Facebook was likely violating its commitments under the agreement. Not only did the commission fail to enforce its order, but by failing to block Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram, it enabled Facebook to extend its dominance." Rep. Cicilline made clear that data merger deals implicate competition law, which EPIC has long argued. Earlier this year, EPIC joined a coalition of groups urging the FTC to unwind the Facebook-WhatsApp merger, citing promises the companies made at time of the merger. EPIC has launched the #EnforceTheOrder campaign to urge action on the consent order.


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EPIC Seeks from FTC All Consumer Complaints about Facebook »

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