• 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.

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  • May 22 Data Protection Event

    EPIC Celebrates Data Protection

    Join us to celebrate the new privacy law of Europe with privacy experts and advocates at the Fund for Constitutional Government.

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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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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 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 Urges Congress to Require Algorithmic Transparency For Dominant Internet Firms

In advance of a hearing on Filtering Practices of Social Media Companies, EPIC has sent a statement to the House Judiciary Committee. EPIC said that "algorithmic transparency" could help establish fairness, transparency, and accountability for much of what users see online. In 2011, EPIC sent a letter to the FTC stating that Google's acquisition of YouTube led to a skewing of search results after Google substituted its secret "relevance" ranking for the original objective ranking, based on hits and ratings. The FTC took no action on EPIC's complaint. But last year, after a seven year investigation, the European Commission found that Google rigged search results to give preference to its own shopping service. The Commission required Google to change its algorithm to rank its own shopping comparison the same way it ranks its competitors.


U.S. Courts Release 2017 FISA Report

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has issued the 2017 report on activities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Scrutiny of FISA applications increased substantially in 2017. The 2017 FISA report reveals that there were 1,614 FISA applications in 2017, of which 1,147 were granted, 391 were modified, 50 were denied in part, and 26 were denied in full. As compared to 2016, the FISA court denied nearly two times as many applications in part, and denied nearly three times as many applications in full. EPIC testified before Congress in 2012 on the need to improve review of FISA applications. In recent comments on US surveillance authority, EPIC noted the reauthorization of 702 spying authorities without sufficient safeguards.


EPIC to Congress: Enhanced Surveillance at Border Will Impact Rights of U.S. Citizens

EPIC has sent a statement to the House Homeland Security Committee in advance of a hearing with the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. EPIC urged the Committee to ask the CBP Commissioner about the collection of biometric data at US airports. EPIC described the growing use of facial recognition that capture the images of US travelers. EPIC also pointed to a recent study that found racial disparities with the technique. EPIC is currently seeking records from the federal agency concerning the accuracy of facial recognition. EPIC also recommended the Committee examine how CBP will comply with state laws prohibiting warrantless aerial surveillance when deploying drones at the border. As a result of an earlier FOIA lawsuit, EPIC found that the CBP is deploying drones with facial recognition technology without warrant authority.


EPIC to Senate: Weaknesses in Cybersecurity Threaten Both Consumers and Democratic Institutions »

EPIC Sues FTC for Release of Facebook's Audits »

EPIC Obtains Partial Release of 2017 Facebook Audit »

Senator Blumenthal Calls On FTC To Enforce Consent Order Against Facebook »

Latin American Consumer Groups Urge Facebook to Comply with GDPR in All Countries »

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

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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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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

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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.