• 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.

    Learn more »

  • 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.

    Order today »

  • 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.

    epic.org/privacynow/ »

  • 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.

    Learn more »

  • 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.

    Learn more »

  • 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.

    Learn more »

  • 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.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC. »

  • 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.

    Learn more »

  • 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.

    Learn more »

  • 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.

    Learn more »

  • 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.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC. »

Top News

EPIC Sues FTC for Release of Facebook's Audits

EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain the release of the unredacted Facebook Assessments from the FTC. The FTC Consent Order. required Facebook to provide to the FTC biennial assessments conducted by an independent auditor. In March, EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the 2013, 2015, 2017 Facebook Assessments and related records. EPIC's FOIA request drew attention to a version of the 2017 report available at the FTC website. But that version is heavily redacted. EPIC is suing now for the release of unredacted report. EPIC has an extensive open government practice and has previously obtained records from many federal agencies. The case is EPIC v. FTC, No. 18-942 (D.D.C. filed April 20, 2018).


EPIC Obtains Partial Release of 2017 Facebook Audit

EPIC has obtained a redacted version of the 2017 Facebook Assessment required by the 2012 Federal Trade Commission Consent Order. The Order required Facebook to conduct biennial assessments from a third-party auditor of Facebook's privacy and security practices. In March, EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the 2013, 2015, and 2017 Facebook Assessments as well as related records. The 2017 Facebook Assessment, prepared by PwC, stated that "Facebook's privacy controls were operating with sufficient effectiveness" to protect the privacy of users. This assessment was prepared after Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal data of 87 million Facebook users. In a statement to Congress for the Facebook hearings last week, EPIC noted that FTC Commissioners represented that the Consent Order protected the privacy of hundreds of millions of Facebook users in the United States and Europe.


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 »

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

EPIC Supports Additional Regulation of Robocalls »

EPIC Tells Congress to Consider Census Privacy Risks »

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

Supreme Court Vacates Microsoft Email Privacy Case »

EPIC news Archive »

EPIC's Work

Open Government image

Open Government »

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

Appellate Advocacy image

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

US Capitol

EPIC Policy Project »

EPIC provides expertise to shape strong privacy and open government laws at both the state and federal level.

Democracy and Cybersecurity

Privacy Campaigns »

EPIC has launched a new project on Democracy and Cybersecurity to address growing concerns about cyber attacks on democratic institutions.