At the National Press Club in Washington, DC, EPIC presented the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards to Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla for their defense of the privacy of state voter records. Secretary Dunlap and Secretary Padilla successfully opposed the efforts of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity to obtain voter data on state residents. The inscription on the award read "Guardian of privacy and democratic institutions." Dr. Peter Neumann received the 2018 EPIC Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on computer-related risk. Dr. Stephanie Perrin received the 2018 EPIC Privacy Champion Award for her work on WHOIS privacy. The EPIC Champion of Freedom Awards are presented annually to individuals who defend democratic values with courage and integrity. Previous recipients include Senator Patrick Leahy, Judge Pat Wald, Tim Cook, and Garry Kasparov. The EPIC awards event was preceded by a policy panel on the GDPR with FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra and leading experts in data protection and privacy law.
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