• 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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  • Obama Consumer Privacy Annoucement

    President Obama Speaks on Tackling Identity Theft and Improving Consumer and Student Privacy

    On January 12th, at the Federal Trade Commission offices in Washington, D.C., President Obama delivered remarks on protecting consumers and families in the digital age.

  • FOIA Rocks Website

    FOIA.ROCKS

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

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Top News

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

EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit about "Future Attribute Screening Technology", a "Minority Report" program that purports to identify individuals who will commit crimes in the future. EPIC filed the complaint after the DHS failed to respond to EPIC's FOIA request for information. EPIC charged that the agency uses secret algorithms to identify behavioral "abnormalities" that the agency claims indicate "mal intent." "Minority Report" is a 2002 movie with Tom Cruise about "a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crime."


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

EPIC has filed a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission about Samsung's SmartTvs. "Samsung routinely intercepts and records the private communications of consumers in their homes," EPIC wrote. EPIC detailed widespread consumer objections and charged that "privacy notices" do not diminish the harm to American consumers. In setting out the privacy violations, EPIC cited the FTC Act, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, The Cable Act, and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. EPIC also noted a recent speech of FTC Chair Edith Ramirez about privacy and consumer products. EPIC asked the FTC to enjoin Samsung and other companies that engage in similar practices.


EPIC Prevails in "Stingray" Case Against FBI

EPIC has obtained nearly $30,000 in litigation fees as a result of a Freedom of Information Act case against the FBI concerning a new surveillance technology. EPIC's lawsuit produced the release of more than 4,000 pages of documents about a phony cell tower technique called "Stingray." The documents obtained by EPIC revealed that the FBI used the devices to monitor cell phones without a warrant, and provided Stingrays to other law enforcement agencies. Following objections by Senator Grassley, the FBI restricted Stingray use. In EPIC v. FBI, No. 12-667, the Federal District Court awarded EPIC nearly all of the attorneys' fees requested.


FAA Ignores Privacy Concerns in Public Rulemaking on Commercial Drones »

President Orders Federal Agencies to Adopt Privacy Rules for Drone Use, FAA Proposes Weak Rules for Commercial Users »

Executive Order Calls for More Cybersecurity Info "Sharing" »

EPIC Urges House to Safeguard Student Privacy »

EPIC Urges UN to Support Secure, Anonymous Communications »

In EPIC v. DHS, DC Circuit Backs Agency Secrecy on "Internet Kill Switch" »

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EPIC v. DOJ: Uncovering Government Surveillance Reports

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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.