• EPIC Urges Senate to Focus on FTC Consent Order with Facebook

    EPIC Urges Senate to Focus on FTC Consent Order with Facebook

    In advance of a joint hearing about Facebook's failure to protect the personal data of users, EPIC has sent a comprehensive statement to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Commerce. EPIC is urging the Senators to focus on the 2011 Consent Order between Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission.

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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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  • Privacy Now

    Privacy Now!

    EPIC has launched the PrivacyNow! campaign to highlight proposals for updating data protection laws in the US and beyond. EPIC has long advocated for updates to US privacy laws.

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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. Register today to join us for this special event.

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  • EPIC v. IRS

    EPIC v. IRS: EPIC Urges D.C. Circuit to Green-Light Release of President Trump's Tax Returns

    EPIC has filed the opening brief in its case to obtain President Trump's tax returns. EPIC told the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that the IRS has the authority to disclose the President's returns to correct numerous misstatements of fact concerning his financial ties to Russia.

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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.

  • EPIC Cloud 2018

    EPIC 2018

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2018, 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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  • 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 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 advocate and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov 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. Carrie Goldberg received the 2017 EPIC Champion of Freedom Award. Register today to join us for this special event.

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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 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

Senator Blumenthal Calls On FTC To Enforce Consent Order Against Facebook

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) has called for "monetary penalties that provide redress for consumers and stricter oversight" in a letter to the Federal Trade Commission. Senator Blumenthal focused on the FTC's 2011 Consent Order that EPIC, and a coalition of consumer groups obtained, after preparing a detailed complaint in 2009. Referring to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Senator Blumenthal wrote that "three of the FTC's claims concerned the misrepresentation of verification and privacy preferences of third-party apps." Senator Blumenthal also raised questions about the FTC's monitoring of the consent order, noting that "even the most rudimentary oversight would have uncovered these problematic terms of service." And the Senator stated, "The Cambridge Analytica matter also calls into question Facebook's compliance with the consent decree's requirements to respect privacy settings and protect private information." EPIC and other consumer groups recently urged the FTC to reopen the investigation. The FTC has confirmed that an investigation of Facebook is now underway.


Latin American Consumer Groups Urge Facebook to Comply with GDPR in All Countries

A coalition of 14 consumer groups in Latin America has sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at a global level. The groups wrote, "The GDPR provides a solid foundation for the protection of personal data: it establishes clear responsibilities for companies that collect and process personal data and provides data subjects, Facebook users whose data your company collects and processes, with clear rights. These are protections that all users should be entitled to, regardless of where they are located." Earlier this month, the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), a coalition of consumer groups in North America and Europe, also sent a letter to Facebook advocating for the GDPR to be implemented as a baseline standard of data protection for all users.


EPIC Tells House Committee: Require Transparency for Government Use of AI

In advance of a hearing on "Game Changers: Artificial Intelligence Part III, Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy," EPIC told the House Oversight Committee that Congress must implement oversight mechanisms for the use of AI by federal agencies. EPIC said that Congress should require algorithmic transparency, particularly for government systems that involve the processing of personal data. EPIC also said that Congress should amend the E-Government Act to require disclosure of the logic of algorithms that profile individuals. EPIC made similar comments to the UK Privacy Commissioner on issues facing the EU under the GDPR. A recent GAO report explored challenges with AI, including the risk that machine-learning algorithms may not comply with legal requirements or ethical norms. EPIC has pursued several criminal justice FOIA cases, and FTC consumer complaints to promote transparency and accountability. In 2015, EPIC launched an international campaign for Algorithmic Transparency.


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Tax Day: EPIC Files Second Lawsuit to Obtain Trump Tax Records »

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EPIC to House Oversight Committee: Support Release of Trump Tax Records »

EPIC Urges Secretary of State to Support International Privacy Convention »

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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.