• 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

    FOIA.ROCKS

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

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Top News

EPIC Partially Prevails in FOIA Case, Wikileaks Investigation Ongoing

A federal judge has granted in part EPIC's motion for summary judgment in a FOIA case about the government's surveillance of Wikileaks supporters. Three divisions of the Justice Department - the FBI, the National Security Division, and the Criminal Division - failed to provide any documents in response to EPIC's FOIA request. The FBI stated that there was no surveillance of supporters and that an investigation was ongoing. Judge Rothstein sided with the FBI and the Criminal Division, but held that the National Security Division had failed to justify its withholdings.


Senators Propose Law to Regulate Data Broker Industry

Senators Markey, Blumenthal, Whitehouse and Franken have introduced the Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act. The bill would give consumers the right to access their personal information held by data brokers and stop data brokers from disclosing or selling that information to others. Senator Markey said, "The era of data keepers has given way to the era of data reapers." In 2005, EPIC testified before Congress on "Identity Theft and Data Broker Services" and urged the regulation of data brokers following the disclosure that Choicepoint sold personal information to identity thieves. EPIC's FTC complaint lead to a $10 million settlement with Choicepoint.


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 »

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

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 »

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Our Work

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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 »

EPIC works to promote the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. Visit our partner site, thepublicvoice.org to learn more.

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