• Democracy screening

    "Democracy" Film Screening and Q&A

    On Sunday, June 5, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Washington will host a screening of the film “Democracy” at Black Cat, the landmark DC concert venue. The film goes behind the scenes of the European privacy debate.

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  • June 6 Policy Discussion

    Data Protection 2016: Policy Discussion

    Please join EPIC on Monday, June 6, from 1 PM - 4 PM at the National Press Club for our "Data Protection 2016" public policy forum. EPIC and a host of privacy, security, and policy experts will explore privacy and civil liberties issues of today and tomorrow, including voter privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection.

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  • June 6 Dinner

    2016 EPIC Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    The 2016 EPIC Awards dinner will be held on June 6th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Register today!

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    EPIC Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Fourth Amendment Safeguards for Police Stops

    EPIC has filed a "friend-of-the-court" brief in Utah v. Strieff, a U.S. Supreme Court case about whether the Fourth Amendment allows evidence to be admitted after an illegal stop. In a brief, signed by twenty-one technical experts and legal scholars, EPIC detailed a number of sweeping government databases that contain inaccurate and detailed records about Americans' noncriminal activity.

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    EPIC Launches "Data Protection 2016" to Make Privacy a Campaign Issue

    Noting widespread concern about the state of privacy in America, EPIC has launched "Data Protection 2016," a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election. DataProtection2016 shows widespread support for stronger privacy protections in the United States. Campaign materials, including buttons and stickers, are available.

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    EPIC 2016

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2016, 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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  • Privacy Law and Society

    Privacy Law and Society Casebook, Third Edition

    The Third Edition of Privacy Law and Society by Anita Allen and Marc Rotenberg is the most comprehensive casebook on privacy law ever produced. It traces the development of modern privacy law, from the early tort cases to present day disputes over drone surveillance, facial recognition, and the Internet of Things.

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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 2016, 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. »

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    Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions

    EPIC's new book, Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions is an essential reference for policy makers and researchers, journalists and scholars, and others looking for answers to one of the biggest challenges of our modern day. The premise is clear: there’s a problem - let's find a solution.

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Top News

European Parliament Requires Changes to Privacy Shield

The European Parliament called for changes in the draft arrangement to permit data transfers to the United States. The Parliament said that officials must "fully implement" privacy recommendations and negotiate further changes to the "Privacy Shield." The European Data Protection Supervisor is expected to issue an opinion on the data transfer arrangement next week. EPIC and other consumer and privacy organizations have said that the Privacy Shield fails to provide adequate safeguards for consumers.


EPIC to OPM: "If You Can't Protect It, Don't Collect It"

In comments to the Office of Personnel Management, EPIC urged the federal agency to limit the personal data it collects from job applicants. OPM currently gathers detailed personal information, including biometric data, Social Security numbers, educational history, medical records, foreign travel, drug use, and financial records. In 2015, OPM lost the personal data of 21.5 million people in a massive data breach. The OPM Director and CIO were forced to resign. OPM now proposes to collect even more personal data on more people, including distant relatives of job applicants. EPIC has previously urged the Supreme Court to recognize a right of "information privacy" that would limit the ability of the federal government to collect personal information.


EPIC, Coalition Recommend Improvements to U.S. Open Government Plan

EPIC and a coalition of open government groups have urged the country’s trade agency to improve the open government plan for the United States. The coalition called on the United States Trade Representative to (1) make public the rules for trade negotiations, (2) publish comprehensive updates after each round of negotiation, and (3) appoint an independent transparency officer. EPIC and others also developed model Freedom of Information Act Regulations that would apply across the government.


Federal Court Strikes Down Obstacle to Student FOIA Requests »

Senate Examines "Do Not Call" Law »

Senators Introduce Bill to Block Broad Remote Hacking Rules »

Justice Department Releases 2016 FOIA Reports »

EPIC Urges Appeals Court to Strike Down Voter ID Law »

Lack of Privacy Impacts Internet Use, Economy, Says NTIA Survey »

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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: EPIC successfully obtains the EU-US Umbrella Agreement, a framework for transatlantic data transfers between the US and the EU.

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Appellate Advocacy »

Utah v. Strieff: Does an outstanding arrest warrant attenuate the taint of an unlawful detention?

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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 has launched "Data Protection 2016," a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election.