• After EPIC Privacy Complaint, Uber Settles with FTC

    After EPIC Privacy Complaint, Uber Settles with FTC

    After an EPIC complaint about Uber's privacy practices, Uber has entered into a consent agreement with the FTC. The agreement prohibits Uber from misrepresenting how it monitors or secures consumer information and requires Uber to implement a comprehensive privacy program and obtain independent audits. In 2015, EPIC filed a complaint with the FTC charging that Uber's plan to track users and gather contact details was an unlawful and deceptive trade practice.

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  • Google Purchase Tracking Complaint

    EPIC Files FTC Complaint to Stop Google from Tracking In-Store Purchases

    EPIC has filed a complaint with the FTC asking the agency to investigate Google's tracking of in-store purchases. According to EPIC, Google collects billions of credit and debit card transactions and then links that personal data to the activities of Internet users. EPIC's complaint asks the FTC to stop Google's tracking of in-store purchases and determine whether Google adequately protects consumer privacy.

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  • House Leaders Call for End to Collection of state Voter Records

    House Leaders Call for End to Collection of State Voter Records

    House leaders have called for an end to the collection of state voter records, citing the fact that the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity has suspended the collection of state voter data in response to EPIC's lawsuit. The leaders said that "any temporary halt is sufficient." EPIC's case is pending.

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  • 51 Reasons to End the Collection of State Voter Records by the Presidential Election Commission

    EPIC Launches "51 Reasons - Protect Voter Data"

    EPIC has established a new web site in response to the request from the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity for state voter records. "51 Reasons to End the Collection of State Voter Records by the Presidential Election Commision" includes comments from state election officials, specialists in election integrity, news organizations, voters, and public officials across the country.

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    EPIC Lawsuit Blocks Collection of State Voter Data by Commission

    The President's Election Commission has announced it has suspended the collection of state voter data in response to EPIC's lawsuit. The Commission told states "not to submit any data until this Court rules” on EPIC's motion.

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    In Voter Privacy Case, EPIC Files for Temporary Restraining Order

    EPIC has filed for a Temporary Restraining Order to block a demand from a Presidential Commission for millions of state voter records. In papers filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., EPIC explained that the Commission failed to produce and publish a Privacy Impact Assessment, required by Federal law. EPIC also charged that the Commission’s demand for detailed voter histories violated the Constitutional right to privacy.

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    In Voter Privacy Case, EPIC Files for Temporary Restraining Order

    EPIC has filed for a Temporary Restraining Order to block a demand from a Presidential Commission for millions of state voter records. In papers filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., EPIC explained that the Commission failed to produce and publish a Privacy Impact Assessment, required by Federal law. EPIC also charged that the Commission’s demand for detailed voter histories violated the Constitutional right to privacy.

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    EPIC 2017

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2017, 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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  • Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2017, EPIC has important work to do on protecting democratic institutions, algorithmic transparency, and government surveillace, among many other issues. Please donate to EPIC today to help us continue this important work.

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Top News

EPIC, Global Coalition Recommend Human Rights Protections for Cybercrime Proposal

EPIC joined European Digital Rights (EDRI) and a coalition of organizations to advise the Council of Europe about protecting human rights during trans-national criminal investigations. The "Global Civil Submission" states that a proposed update to the Convention on Cybercrime should include compliance with human rights principles and data protection standards for transnational data transfers. Several years ago, EPIC opposed the U.S. ratification of the Convention on Cybercrime, citing its sweeping expansion of law enforcement authority. However, EPIC and the U.S. Privacy Coalition have long campaigned for the United States ratification "Convention 108," the International Privacy Convention.


EPIC Urges FTC To Strengthen Privacy Settlement With Uber

In detailed comments to the Federal Trade Commission, EPIC urged the FTC to strengthen a proposed settlement with Uber. The FTC's investigation and subsequent settlement was prompted by EPIC's 2015 complaint, which detailed Uber's secretive tracking of customers and surreptitious collection of user data. EPIC recommended that the FTC require Uber to end collection of customer data beyond what is necessary to provide the service and to mandate that Uber implement stronger privacy safeguards. As EPIC highlighted in the original complaint, Uber has a history of abusing consumer privacy. EPIC has previously pursued FTC complaints concerning Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Snapchat. The FTC is obligated to consider public comments before finalizing a proposed settlement.


Senators Introduce Data Breach Legislation In The Wake Of Equifax Breach

Senator Markey (D-MA) and several other Senators have introduced legislation that would provide consumers with more control over their personal data. The Data Broker Accountability and Transparency Act would allow consumers to access and correct their personal data and stop data brokers from using, disclosing, or selling their information for marketing purposes. The bill also requires data brokers to develop comprehensive privacy and data security measures and provide "reasonable notice" in the event of a breach. For years, EPIC has supported stronger data breach notification laws, and EPIC has testified before the Senate and House in support of a federal law. EPIC supports consumer control over personal data, and EPIC recommends mandatory breach notification procedures to ensure the consumers are aware when their personal data is wrongly obtained by others. Additionally, last year EPIC created http://www.dataprotection2016.org/ to promote the adoption of stronger privacy safeguards in the U.S.


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NHTSA Revised Automated Vehicle Policy Lacks Privacy Safeguards, Senate Considers Draft Bill »

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EPIC Urges Senate To Establish Data Protection Standards For Financial Technologies »

EPIC Seeks Details of Election Commission's Attempts to Obtain Personal Data »

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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. ODNI: Seeking release of the Complete ODNI Assessment of the Russian interference with 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

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In re SuperValu: Whether Victims of Data Breaches Must Suffer Certainly Impending or Actual Concrete Harms (i.e., Damages) In Order to Sue

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EPIC provides expertise to shape strong privacy and open government laws at both the state and federal level.

Democracy and Cybersecurity

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EPIC has launched a new project on Democracy and Cybersecurity to address growing concerns about cyber attacks on democratic institutions.