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    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: 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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    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: 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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  • 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. Senator Kamala Harris received the 2015 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. Tim Cook received the 2015 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. Former National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism Richard Clarke received the 2015 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. Senator Ed Markey received the 2009 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. Senator Patrick Leahy received the 2004 EPIC Champion of Freedom Award. Register today to join us for this special event.

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    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

Republican DACA Bill Would Expand Use of Drones, Biometrics

The Secure and Succeed Act (S. Amdt. 1959 to H.R. 2579), sponsored by several Republican Senators, would link DACA with hi-tech border surveillance. Customs and Border Protection would use facial recognition and other biometric technologies to inspect travelers, both US citizens and non-citizens, at airports. The bill also establishes "Operation Phalanx" that instructs the Department of Defense—a military agency—to conduct surveillance using drones for domestic surveillance. EPIC has pursued many FOIA cases on border surveillance involving biometrics, drones, and airport body scanners, In a letter to the House, EPIC warned that "many of the techniques that are proposed to enhance border surveillance have direct implications for the privacy of American citizens."


EPIC Amicus: Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Wiretap Act Case

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in Dahda v. United States, a case concerning the federal Wiretap Act and the suppression of evidence obtained following an invalid wiretap order. The Wiretap Act requires exclusion of evidence obtained as a result of an invalid order, but a lower court denied suppression in the case even though the order was unlawfully broad. In an amicus brief, EPIC wrote that "it is not for the courts to create textual exceptions" to federal privacy laws. EPIC explained that Congress enacted strict and unambiguous privacy provisions in the Wiretap Act. "If the government wishes a different outcome," EPIC wrote, "then it should go to Congress to revise the statute." EPIC routinely participates as amicus curiae in privacy cases before the Supreme Court, most recently in Byrd v. United States (suspicionless searches of rental cars) and Carpenter v. United States (warrantless searches of cellphone location records).


Supreme Court Leaves Data Breach Decision In Place

The Supreme Court has denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in Carefirst, Inc. v. Attias, a case concerning standing to sue in data breach cases. Consumers had sued health insurer Carefirst after faulty security practices allowed hackers to obtain 1.1 million customer records. EPIC filed an amicus brief backing the consumers, arguing that if "companies fail to invest in reasonable security measures, then consumers will continue to face harm from data breaches." The federal appeals court agreed with EPIC and held that consumers may sue companies that fail to safeguard their personal data. Carefirst appealed the decision, but the Supreme Court chose not to take the case. EPIC regularly files amicus briefs defending standing in consumer privacy cases, most recently in Eichenberger v. ESPN, where the Ninth Circuit also held for consumers, as well as Gubala v. Time Warner Cable and In re SuperValu Customer Data Security Breach Litigation.


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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 Policy Project »

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.