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    EPIC Files FTC Complaint Against Uber about Plan to Track Users and Gather Contact List Data

    EPIC has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, charging that Uber's plan to track users and gather contact details is an unlawful and deceptive trade practice. Previous EPIC complaints at the FTC have typically led to investigations and then to settlements following a change in business practices.

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    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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    EPIC 2015 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    Marc Rotenberg, Susan Linn, and Bruce Schneier. 2015 EPIC Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. Washington, DC (Credit: Jennifer Morris)

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    Senator Markey Speaks at EPIC Book Event

    Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) recently appeared at an EPIC book event to support the release of EPIC's new anthology, "Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions" and Bruce Schneier's "Data and Goliath." Senator Markey discussed his efforts to establish new safeguards for student privacy and to limit drone surveillance.

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    Senate Passes FREEDOM Act, Ends NSA Bulk Collection

    The USA Freedom Act, signed into law this week, ends the NSA bulk collection of domestic telephone records and establishes new transparency and accountability rules for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In 2013, EPIC filed a petition in the Supreme Court, In re EPIC, arguing that the NSA program was unlawful. In 2014, EPIC and a broad coalition urged the President to end the NSA surveillance program.

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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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    Tim Cook Backs Privacy, Crypto, Freedom at EPIC Awards Dinner

    Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an impassioned speech at the 2015 EPIC Champions of Freedom Award dinner. Cook said the erosion of privacy represents a threat to the American way of life. Tim Cook is the first business leader to receive the Award from EPIC. (Photo by Jenifer Morris).

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Top News

GAO Report: Facial Recognition Technology Implicates Consumer Privacy, But Remains Unregulated

The Government Accountability Office has published a report on commercial use of facial recognition technology. The GAO compiled the report at the request of Senator Al Franken, who objected to use of the technology by Facebook and Google. The GAO surveyed companies, federal agencies, and NGOS, including EPIC. The report explains the technology's privacy risks, but also reports that no laws or guidelines currently regulate facial recognition technology. The GAO also reports that the "extent of [the technology's] current use in commercial settings is not fully known." EPIC has frequently advocated for face recognition privacy laws.

State Department and Homeland Security Propose Open Government Rules

The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security have each proposed to amend their Freedom of Information Act programs. Both agencies propose several favorable changes to their FOIA programs, including more circumstances in which the agencies would expedite processing for open government requests. The agencies are currently accepting public comments on their proposals until September 28. EPIC recently submitted extensive comments to the Defense Department, opposing several of the agency's plans to amend its FOIA program. EPIC routinely comments on FOIA rulemakings and has had past success with the Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, and several other federal agencies.

After Losing Appeal, Google Moves to Block Scope of European Privacy Right

Google has indicated that it does not intend to comply with a judgement of the high court in Europe after earlier losing its appeal in Google v. Spain. Earlier this year, the French Data Protection agency, consistent with the landmark decision of the European Court of Justice, instructed Google to delist certain links in all domains in which the search company operates. A recently leaked version of a Google transparency report found that the vast majority of requests for delisting concern private matters of private individuals. Support for the "right to be forgotten" continues to grow around the world with courts in Japan, Canada, and the United States acknowledging similar claims.

In Appellate Brief, EPIC Argues for Limitations on Government Digital Searches »

California Supreme Court to Review License Plate Records Case »

Federal Appeals Court Recognizes "Substantial Risk of Future Harm" »

New OECD Report Finds Increased Privacy Concern, Lagging National Policies »

Intelligence Director Says NSA Access to Bulk Phone Record Data Will End »

Top EU Officials Calls Privacy Reform "Europe's Big Opportunity" »

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Our Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: Uncovering Government Surveillance Reports

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Appellate Advocacy »

City of Los Angeles v. Patel: Does a warrantless search of hotel guest registries violate the 4th Amendment?

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