• Democracy and Cybersecurity

    EPIC Launches Democracy & Cybersecurity Campaign

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center has launched a new project on Democracy and Cybersecurity. The purpose of the EPIC project is to address growing concerns about cyber attacks on democratic institutions.

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    Orwell's 1984

    Purchase Orwell’s 1984 from the EPIC Bookstore and support the work of Electronic Privacy Information Center. Defend privacy. Support EPIC.

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  • EPIC v. FBI

    EPIC files FOIA suit against FBI

    EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation in federal district court in Washington, DC. The case is designated EPIC v. FBI. The complaint states "EPIC challenges the FBI's failure to make a timely decision concerning EPIC's request for expedited processing of the FOIA request for records about the Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential Election."

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  • Plurality of Privacy

    Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays

    The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project focused on the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the US and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays exploring the central question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results will be presented by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018.

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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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  • 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.

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    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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Top News

In Court: EPIC Challenges FAA Failure to Establish Drone Privacy Rules

EPIC has filed the opening brief in a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration concerning drone surveillance. EPIC charged that the FAA's failure to establish privacy rules for commercial drones is a violation of law. The EPIC lawsuit is based on an Act of Congress requiring a "comprehensive plan" for drone deployment in the United States and a petition, backed by more than one hundred organizations and privacy experts, calling for privacy safeguards. EPIC stated that “As the FAA has refused to issue any privacy-related rules and refused to conduct a comprehensive rulemaking, contrary to the FAA Modernization Act and to EPIC's Rulemaking Petition, the Court must now order the agency to do so.” The case is EPIC v. FAA, No. 16-1297.


Congressman Pallone Asks Government Accounting Office to Study Costs of Eliminating Privacy Rules

Congressman Frank Pallone has asked the U.S. Government Accounting Office to study the harms of eliminating rules that protect consumer privacy. "With the near universal use of the internet, and the rapid expansion of connected devices, corporations now have more information about American consumers than ever before," Pallone wrote in his letter. "It is, therefore, more important than ever that Americans' privacy and security be protected online." Pallone asked the GAO to report on whether the "notice and choice" approach to privacy regulation works, what challenges consumers face in protecting their information, and how the FCC, FTC, and other agencies approach privacy regulation. EPIC has urged the FCC to establish comprehensive safeguards for consumer privacy. EPIC also explained in comments to the FTC and FCC and in testimony before Congress that "notice and choice" is insufficient to protect consumer privacy.


Yahoo Responds to Senators About Data Breach

Yahoo has responded to a letter from Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) inquiring into data breaches that exposed over a billion user records in 2013 and 2014. Yahoo said in its response that it has notified users affected by the breaches, required users who had not changed their passwords since 2014 to do so, and encouraged all users to review their passwords and security questions. Yahoo's letter also discussed the steps the company has taken to improve its security program. EPIC testified in support of strong data breach notification laws in 2009 and 2011, launched "Data Protection 2016" to make privacy a campaign issue and recently filed an amicus brief to protect the ability of consumer to sue companies that fail to protect their personal information.


EPIC, Coalition Back Improved Government Transparency »

Privacy Commissioners Announce Global Data Protection Awards »

Supreme Court to Consider Internet Censorship, EPIC Files Amicus Brief »

FBI Responds to EPIC FOIA Suit for Details of Russian Interference with 2016 Election »

EPIC Obtains Documents About DHS Immigration Enforcement Priorities »

European Privacy Officials Raise Concerns About US Immigration Executive Order »

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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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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.