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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 Celebrates International Privacy Day

    EPIC celebrates January 28, International Privacy Day, which commemorates the signing of Convention 108, on January 28, 1981. EPIC and consumer organizations have called on the United States to ratify Convention 108.

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    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.

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    EPIC 2015 Brochure

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

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  • CPDP 2016

    Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference 2016

    The 9th Annual International Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference will take place on January 27-29th in Brussels, Belgium.

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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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  • Privacy Camp

    Pre-CPDP Privacy Camp 2016

    On January 26th, prior to the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference, civil society will meet for Privacy Camp 2016. This year's theme is "The multiple ways of (de/self-) regulation: What is at stake for human rights?" EPIC's Marc Rotenberg will speak on a panel regarding Safe Harbor 2.0.

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Top News

Court Orders DOJ to Justify Withholding of FISA Reports in EPIC FOIA Suit

A federal court in Washington, DC ruled today that the Justice Department's explanation for withholding information about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was "manifestly insufficient." In EPIC v. Department of Justice, EPIC is seeking release of FISA surveillance reports routinely provided to Congress. The court ordered the government to submit the reports for review, and to provide specific reasons for withholding the material sought by EPIC. For almost 20 years, EPIC has made available information about FISC orders and surveillance reports. As EPIC explained to the court, release of these materials is of the "utmost importance to the public."


EPIC Seeks Release of "Privacy Shield," Secret Data Transfer Agreement

EPIC has filed emergency Freedom of Information requests with the US and the EU for release of a secret agreement for the transfer of personal data across the Atlantic. A new framework was required by a recent decision of the European Court of Justice. But European and American consumer organizations say the "Privacy Shield" does not provide adequate protection for the transfer of personal data. EPIC stated, “The public has a right to know whether this agreement provides adequate legal protection.” EPIC previously obtained the secret EU-US Umbrella Agreement in FOIA litigation.


Privacy Commissioners to Review "Privacy Shield"

The Article 29 Working Party, the association of European Data Protection Commissioners, has said it will review the adequacy of the "Privacy Shield" proposal for transborder data flows. The Working Party said there must be (1) clear and precise rules, (2) a "necessary and proportionate" standard for data collection and access, (3) independent oversight, and (4) effective remedies for the individual. The Working Party also said it must first receive the relevant documents to assess the legal force of the arrangement and whether it will resolve "wider concerns raised by the Schrems judgement."


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EPIC Gives 2016 Freedom Award to Viviane Reding »

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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: Uncovering Government Surveillance Reports

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Appellate Advocacy »

Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins: Do courts have jurisdiction to review cases brought by individuals based on violations of their federal privacy rights?

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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.