• Live Audio: D.C. Circuit Hears Arguments in EPIC Voter Privacy Case Concerning Presidential Commission

    Live Audio: D.C. Circuit Hears Arguments in EPIC Voter Privacy Case Concerning Presidential Commission

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hears arguments today in EPIC's case against the Presidential Election Commission concerning the unlawful collection of state voter data. Live audio of the arguments will be streamed from this link beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET.

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  • 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

EPIC Challenges Google Cookie Tracking Settlement as Unfair to Class Members

EPIC filed an amicus with a federal appeals court urging the court to reject a proposed class action settlement in a consumer privacy case. The case involved Google tracking internet users in violation of the users' privacy settings. EPIC said the settlement resulted in no change in business practices and wrongly awarded cy pres funds to organizations that Google would otherwise support. The settlement was also opposed by the Attorneys General of thirteen states. EPIC, the Center for Digital Democracy, and US PIRG were the groups that warned the FTC in 2007 that the Google-DoubleClick merger would lead to the internet tracking practices at issue in the settlement. EPIC's 2010 FTC complaint regarding Google Buzz also led to the FTC's Consent Order with Google that enabled the Commission to pursue related charges against Google. EPIC has proposed an objective basis for courts to make determinations in consumer privacy cases that protect the interests of class members and avoid the risk of collusion between the parties in settlement.


Uber Hid Massive Data Breach For Over A Year And Paid Hackers

Uber just admitted that hackers stole the personal data of 57 million Uber customers and drivers in October 2016. The data included names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and the license numbers of 600,000 drivers. Rather than disclose the data breach to the public, as required by law, Uber paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the information. Uber has a well-documented history of abusing consumer privacy. EPIC recently testified in the Senate for strong data breach legislation that would require companies to immediately notify affected consumers of data breaches. EPIC filed a complaint with the FTC in 2015 regarding Uber's egregious misuse of personal data. That complaint led to an FTC settlement with Uber in August, 2017. In 2015, EPIC also proposed a privacy law for Uber and other ride-sharing companies.


Live Audio: D.C. Circuit Hears Arguments in EPIC Voter Privacy Case Concerning Presidential Commission

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit hears arguments today in EPIC’s case against the Presidential Election Commission concerning the unlawful collection of state voter data. Live audio of the arguments will be streamed from this link beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. EPIC filed suit to halt the Commission’s collection of state voter data and to compel the Commission to conduct a Privacy Impact Assessment required by law. EPIC’s initial filing led the Commission to suspend the collection of voter data, discontinue the use of an unsafe computer server, and delete the state voter data that was unlawfully obtained. Many states have opposed the Commission’s efforts to obtain state voter data. More than 150 members of Congress have urged the Commission to end the collection of voter data. The Government Accountability Office has opened an investigation to determine whether the Commission has engaged in unlawful action. And one Member of the Commission recently filed suit against the Commission. EPIC’s case is EPIC v. Commission, No. 17-1320 (D.D.C.) & 17-5171 (D.C. Cir.).


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EPIC's Work

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

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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.