• International Privacy Conference in Brussels

    International Privacy Conference in Brussels

    The 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners will take place in Brussels, October 24-25. The EPIC Public Voice Fund will sponsor NGO participation.

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  • US NGOs Meet with Members of European Parliament

    US NGOs Meet with Members of European Parliament

    Claude Moreas, Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee ("LIBE") of the European Parliament, speaking with US NGOs at the Fund for Constitutional Government in Washington, DC. July 18, 2018.

  • US NGOs Meet with Members of European Parliament

    US NGOs Meet with Members of European Parliament

    Members of the Civil Liberties Committee ("LIBE") of the European Parliament, meeting with US NGOs at the Fund for Constitutional Government in Washington, DC. July 18, 2018.

  • EPIC  2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    The Future of Privacy in America after GDPR

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted a discussion on the Future of Privacy in America after GDPR at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Advocates from the U.S. and abroad joined us for this important discussion.

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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  • EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Dinner

    EPIC 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    On June 6, 2018, EPIC hosted the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. EPIC honored Dr. Stephanie Perrin, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, and Dr. Peter Neumann. (phone credit: Jenifer Morris)

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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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  • Rotenberg Testifies in House

    In Congressional Testimony, EPIC Calls 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.

  • 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

EPIC To Congress: Public Participation Required for US Policy on Artificial Intelligence

In advance of a hearing concerning the Office of Science and Technology Policy, EPIC said that OSTP should ensure public participation in the development of AI policy. EPIC told the Senate Commerce Committee that Congress must also implement oversight mechanisms for the use of AI. EPIC said that Congress should require algorithmic transparency, particularly for government systems that involve the processing of personal data. In a recent petition to OSTP, EPIC, leading scientific organizations, including AAAS, ACM and IEEE, and nearly 100 experts urged the White House to solicit public comments on artificial intelligence policy. 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.


EPIC to FTC: Algorithmic Decision-Making Requires Transparency

EPIC has advised the FTC on algorithmic decision tools, artificial intelligence, and predictive analytics for the hearings on "Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century." In the comments, EPIC urged the FTC to (1) prohibit unfair and deceptive algorithms, (2) seek legislative authority for "algorithmic transparency" to establish consumer protection in automated decision-making, (3) provide guidance on the ethical design and implementation of algorithms, and (4) make public the "Universal Tennis Rating" algorithm that secretly scores young athletes. Calling on the Commission to act on EPIC's repeated complaints on the proprietary algorithm that poses risks to children's privacy, EPIC said: "secret algorithms are unfair and deceptive," conceal bias, and deprive consumers of opportunities in the marketplace. EPIC champions "Algorithmic Transparency", and has advised Congress that algorithmic transparency is necessary for fairness and accountability.


EPIC, Consumer Groups Advise FTC on Competition and Privacy

EPIC, the Center for Digital Democracy, the Consumer Federation of America, and US PIRG submitted comments to the FTC in advance of hearings on "Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century." The consumer groups said that privacy protection is critical for completion and innovation. The groups told the FTC that it should: 1) unwind the Facebook-WhatsApp deal; 2) require Facebook and Google to spin off their advertising units into independent companies; 3) block all future acquisitions by Facebook and Google that would enable the companies to increase their monopoly over consumer data; 4) impose privacy safeguards for all future mergers that implicate data privacy concerns; and 5) perform audits of algorithmic tools to promote accountability and to limit anticompetitive conduct. This will be the first time the FTC has reexamined its approach to consumer protection and competition since the FTC's 1995 hearings on "Global Competition and Innovation." EPIC participated in the 1995 hearings which led to the FTC's work on consumer privacy.


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Open Government »

EPIC v. FTC: Seeking disclosure of Facebook assessments, reports, and related records required by the 2012 FTC Consent Order.

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Appellate Advocacy »

In re: OPM Data Security Breach Litigation: Whether the government's failure to safeguard sensitive personal data from a breach violated individuals' constitutional right to informational privacy and caused a cognizable injury under Article III.

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

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EPIC has launched a new project promoting PrivacyNow!, including updates to U.S. privacy laws.