• EPIC 2015 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom.

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  • Tim Cook

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom, including Tim Cook.

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  • Richard Clarke

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom, including Richard A. Clarke.

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  • Kamala Harris

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom, including California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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  • Susan Linn

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom, including Susan Linn of Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood.

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  • Bruce Schneier

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom, hosted by Bruce Schneier and Hilary Rosen.

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  • Hilary Rosen

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

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  • EPIC Cloud 2015

    EPIC 2015

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2015, 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

White House Begins Shutdown of Bulk Collection Program

According to media reports, the Administration has decided not to renew the legal authority for the NSA’s telephone record collection program. EPIC and a coalition of privacy organizations had urged the President to end the program, which he said he would do in 2014. In 2013, EPIC filed a petition in the US Supreme Court, supported by technical experts, legal scholars, and former members of the Church Committee, arguing that the program was unlawful. The Senate is expected to take up the USA Freedom Act on May 31, the day before key provisions of the Patriot Act expire.


Florida Blocks Public Access to Police Body Camera Footage

Florida, a state with very broad open government laws, has exempted police body camera footage obtained inside a private residence, a health care, mental health care or social services facility or is taken in a place that a reasonable person would expect to be private from public records law. Many states are considering similar legislation and EPIC's State Policy Project is monitoring bills nationwide. EPIC has submitted testimony to Congress and the D.C. City Council in opposition to the deployment of body cameras. But, where body-worn cameras are deployed, EPIC recommends no exemptions from open government laws.


Justice Department Releases Drone Privacy Guidance

The Justice Department has released extensive "Policy Guidance" for the use of drones by federal agencies. The Guidance bans the use of drones to monitor activities protected by the First Amendment, requires routine logs of drone use, and requires the protection of civil liberties and privacy in all cases. However, the Guidance "does not create any right, benefit, trust, or responsibility" enforceable against the United States. EPIC supports the recommendations. EPIC has also testified before Congress in support of a comprehensive drone privacy law, petitioned the FAA for drone privacy regulations, and sued the FAA when the agency failed to create privacy safeguards.


Inspector General Warns: Significant Oversight of Section 215 Required »

California AG Urges Congress to Reform Data Breach Notification Bill »

Pew Survey: Vast Majority of Americans Feel Strongly About Privacy, Want Control Over Personal Information »

EPIC, Coalition to President: No Encryption Backdoors »

EPIC Warns Congress of Risks of Body Cameras »

New Drone Privacy Law Signed by Florida Governor »

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Our Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: Uncovering Government Surveillance Reports

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Appellate Advocacy »

City of Los Angeles v. Patel: Does a warrantless search of hotel guest registries violate the 4th Amendment?

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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 recently launched a project on algorithmic transparency, urging companies to show us the code that makes judgements about us.