• Los Angeles v. Patel Amicus Brief

    Los Angeles v. Patel

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in Los Angeles v. Patel, concerning the warrantless inspection of hotel records by the police. EPIC's brief, joined with thirty-six technical experts and legal scholars, argued that "individuals have a constitutional right to gather at hotels for political and religious purposes without being subject to police inspection."

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  • Minority Report

    EPIC v. DHS. Not a Movie.

    EPIC is seeking documents about Homeland Security's plans for "pre-crime detection." Tom Cruise starred in a 2002 movie about "a special police unit that is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crime."

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  • Google Advisory Council Question

    The Right to be Forgotten

    Surprisingly, the Google Advisory Council has decided that the company is free to post in .COM harmful private information of Europeans even though similar information concerning those in the US would be removed.

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  • End Secret Profiling

    Algorithmic Transparency: End Secret Profiling

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

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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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  • FOIA Rocks Website


    EPIC recently launched foia.rocks, a comprehensive resource celebrating #FOIAat40.

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Top News

Sen. Markey and Rep. Welch Propose Drone Privacy Legislation

Senator Markey and Representative Welch introduced the Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act of 2015. The Act would regulate the use of drones in the United States. The Drone Privacy Act requires publicly available data collection statements from operators and warrants for drone surveillance by law enforcement. Recently announced rules by the FAA and White House "fail to adequately protect the privacy of Americans," according to the Congressmen. The Drone Privacy Act incorporates recommendations by EPIC in testimony to Congress and comments to federal agencies. EPIC petitioned the FAA to establish clear privacy rules for commercial drone operators.

Federal Courts Considers FTC's Data Protection Authority

A federal appeals court heard arguments today in FTC v. Wyndham, an important data privacy case. Wyndham Hotels, which revealed hundreds of thousands of customer records following a data breach, is challenging the FTC's authority to enforce data security standards. In an amicus brief joined by legal scholars and technical experts, EPIC defended the FTC's "critical role in safeguarding consumer privacy and promoting stronger security standards." EPIC explained that the damage caused by data breaches - more than $500 million last year - makes data security one of the top concerns of American consumers. EPIC warned the court that "removing the FTC's authority to regulate data security would be to bring dynamite to the dam."

EPIC Files FTC Comments on Revenge Porn, Facial Recognition Privacy Risks

EPIC has filed formal comments with the Federal Trade Commission regarding a proposed consent order with Craig Brittain, a ”revenge porn” website operator. Revenge porn refers to the online distribution of sexual images without the consent of the image subject. Under the proposed order, Brittain "will have to destroy the intimate images and personal contact information he collected while operating the site.” EPIC supported the consent order, but urged the Commission to "further investigate the growing trend of companies recontextualizing images, for profit, without the knowledge or consent of the image subject.” EPIC also explained the correlation between “revenge porn” and other image privacy issues, such as facial recognition and image-based advertising.

Supreme Court to Consider Hotel Records Privacy Case, EPIC Amicus Cites Constitutional Interests »

White House (Commerce Dept.) Privacy Bill Not Helpful, Unworkable »

EPIC Files Lawsuit for Details About Government "Pre-crime" Program »

EPIC Challenges Samsung's Surveillance of the Home, Files FTC Complaint »

EPIC Prevails in "Stingray" Case Against FBI »

FAA Ignores Privacy Concerns in Public Rulemaking on Commercial Drones »

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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 »

Riley v. California: Warrantless Search of a Cell Phone During an Arrest

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The Public Voice »

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