• June 6 Dinner

    2016 EPIC Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    The 2016 EPIC Awards dinner will be held on June 6th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Register today!

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  • Democracy screening

    "Democracy" Film Screening and Q&A

    On Sunday, June 5, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute Washington will host a screening of the film “Democracy” at Black Cat, the landmark DC concert venue. The film goes behind the scenes of the European privacy debate.

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    EPIC Urges Supreme Court to Uphold Fourth Amendment Safeguards for Police Stops

    EPIC has filed a "friend-of-the-court" brief in Utah v. Strieff, a U.S. Supreme Court case about whether the Fourth Amendment allows evidence to be admitted after an illegal stop. In a brief, signed by twenty-one technical experts and legal scholars, EPIC detailed a number of sweeping government databases that contain inaccurate and detailed records about Americans' noncriminal activity.

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    EPIC Launches "Data Protection 2016" to Make Privacy a Campaign Issue

    Noting widespread concern about the state of privacy in America, EPIC has launched "Data Protection 2016," a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election. DataProtection2016 shows widespread support for stronger privacy protections in the United States. Campaign materials, including buttons and stickers, are available.

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  • EPIC Cloud 2016

    EPIC 2016

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2016, 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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  • Privacy Law and Society

    Privacy Law and Society Casebook, Third Edition

    The Third Edition of Privacy Law and Society by Anita Allen and Marc Rotenberg is the most comprehensive casebook on privacy law ever produced. It traces the development of modern privacy law, from the early tort cases to present day disputes over drone surveillance, facial recognition, and the Internet of Things.

    Learn more at privacylawandsociety.org »

  • Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2016, 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.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC. »

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    EPIC 2015 Brochure

    EPIC has published its 2015 Brochure, highlighting the biggest privacy news stories of the year.

    View the 2015 EPIC Brochure »

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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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Top News

EPIC, Coalition Recommend Improvements to U.S. Open Government Plan

EPIC and a coalition of open government groups have urged the country’s trade agency to improve the open government plan for the United States. The coalition called on the United States Trade Representative to (1) make public the rules for trade negotiations, (2) publish comprehensive updates after each round of negotiation, and (3) appoint an independent transparency officer. EPIC and others also developed model Freedom of Information Act Regulations that would apply across the government.


Federal Court Strikes Down Obstacle to Student FOIA Requests

A federal appeals court has ruled that government agencies must give students who pursue Freedom of Information Act requests favorable fee treatment. The case involved a Ph.D. student who was charged $900 to process a FOIA request. The Department of Defense contended that students are not entitled to the favorable fee standards of “educational institutions." The D.C. Circuit disagreed and ruled today that “[s]tudents who make FOIA requests to further their coursework or other school-sponsored activities are eligible for reduced fees under FOIA because students, like teachers, are part of an educational institution.” In 2011, EPIC criticized the practice of charging students extra fees for FOIA requests, calling the government’s position “absurd.”


Senate Examines "Do Not Call" Law

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing yesterday on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The "TCPA" bars telemarketers and robocallers from contacting consumers by phone or fax without prior express consent. In January, EPIC filed an amicus brief to provide greater TCPA protections for consumers.  EPIC said that widespread use of cellphones “has amplified the nuisance and privacy invasion caused by unwanted calls and text messages.” EPIC has testified before Congress about the TCPA and submitted many comments concerning the implementation of the consumer privacy law.


Senators Introduce Bill to Block Broad Remote Hacking Rules »

Justice Department Releases 2016 FOIA Reports »

EPIC Urges Appeals Court to Strike Down Voter ID Law »

Lack of Privacy Impacts Internet Use, Economy, Says NTIA Survey »

Supreme Court Remands Consumer Privacy Case for Further Consideration »

FTC Issues Guidelines for Employment Background Screening »

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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: EPIC successfully obtains the EU-US Umbrella Agreement, a framework for transatlantic data transfers between the US and the EU.

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Appellate Advocacy »

Utah v. Strieff: Does an outstanding arrest warrant attenuate the taint of an unlawful detention?

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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 has launched "Data Protection 2016," a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election.