• Democracy screening

    "Democracy" Film Screening and Q&A

    On Sunday, June 5, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Washington will host a screening of the film “Democracy” at Black Cat, the landmark DC concert venue. The film goes behind the scenes of the European privacy debate.

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  • June 6 Policy Discussion

    Data Protection 2016: Policy Discussion

    Please join EPIC on Monday, June 6, from 1 PM - 4 PM at the National Press Club for our "Data Protection 2016" public policy forum. EPIC and a host of privacy, security, and policy experts will explore privacy and civil liberties issues of today and tomorrow, including voter privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection.

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  • June 6 Dinner

    2016 EPIC Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    The 2016 EPIC Awards dinner will be held on June 6th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Register today!

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    EPIC Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Fourth Amendment Safeguards for Police Stops

    EPIC has filed a "friend-of-the-court" brief in Utah v. Strieff, a U.S. Supreme Court case about whether the Fourth Amendment allows evidence to be admitted after an illegal stop. In a brief, signed by twenty-one technical experts and legal scholars, EPIC detailed a number of sweeping government databases that contain inaccurate and detailed records about Americans' noncriminal activity.

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    EPIC Launches "Data Protection 2016" to Make Privacy a Campaign Issue

    Noting widespread concern about the state of privacy in America, EPIC has launched "Data Protection 2016," a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election. DataProtection2016 shows widespread support for stronger privacy protections in the United States. Campaign materials, including buttons and stickers, are available.

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  • EPIC Cloud 2016

    EPIC 2016

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2016, 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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  • Privacy Law and Society

    Privacy Law and Society Casebook, Third Edition

    The Third Edition of Privacy Law and Society by Anita Allen and Marc Rotenberg is the most comprehensive casebook on privacy law ever produced. It traces the development of modern privacy law, from the early tort cases to present day disputes over drone surveillance, facial recognition, and the Internet of Things.

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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 2016, 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.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC. »

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    Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions

    EPIC's new book, Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions is an essential reference for policy makers and researchers, journalists and scholars, and others looking for answers to one of the biggest challenges of our modern day. The premise is clear: there’s a problem - let's find a solution.

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Top News

EPIC Calls for Strong Communications Privacy Rules

EPIC has urged the Federal Communications Commission “to fully apply" the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights to all communications services. The FCC's proposed privacy rules would regulate only broadband services and are based on the weak "notice and choice" framework.EPIC said the agency should endorse data minimization requirements, promote Privacy-Enhancing Technologies, and require opt-in consent. EPIC also urged the Commission to regulate all companies that gather consumer data for communications services.


Federal Court Leaves Digital Search Law Unresolved

A federal appeals court ruled today that the government did not violate the Fourth Amendment by keeping a copy of files for more than two years after an investigation because it acted in "good faith." EPIC argued that the government must adopt data minimization practices and that the use of evidence was unlawful. In a dissenting opinion, Judge Chin wrote  that the search violated the Fourth Amendment.


Amendment Would Overturn Model Facial Recognition Privacy Law

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act is one of the strongest facial recognition laws in the country. Enacted in 2008, the law prohibits the use of biometric recognition technologies without consent and provides for meaningful enforcement. But a proposed amendment would undercut legal protections, exempting facial recognition software from the law. A pending lawsuit against Facebook alleges that the company violates the law by amassing a database of users’ faceprints “without even informing its users — let alone obtaining their informed written consent.” EPIC has urged a moratorium for such surveillance techniques, pending the enactment of strong privacy laws such as those in Illinois. In much of the world, facial recognition software is illegal.


European Parliament Requires Changes to Privacy Shield »

EPIC to OPM: "If You Can't Protect It, Don't Collect It" »

EPIC, Coalition Recommend Improvements to U.S. Open Government Plan »

Federal Court Strikes Down Obstacle to Student FOIA Requests »

Senate Examines "Do Not Call" Law »

Senators Introduce Bill to Block Broad Remote Hacking Rules »

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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: EPIC successfully obtains the EU-US Umbrella Agreement, a framework for transatlantic data transfers between the US and the EU.

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Appellate Advocacy »

Utah v. Strieff: Does an outstanding arrest warrant attenuate the taint of an unlawful detention?

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EPIC State Policy Project »

EPIC's State Policy project, launched in the Spring of 2015, aims to track legislation across the country to identify trends and emerging issues impacting privacy and civil liberties.

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Privacy Campaigns »

EPIC has launched "Data Protection 2016," a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election.