• Democracy and Cybersecurity

    EPIC Launches Democracy & Cybersecurity Campaign

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center has launched a new project on Democracy and Cybersecurity. The purpose of the EPIC project is to address growing concerns about cyber attacks on democratic institutions.

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    Orwell's 1984

    Purchase Orwell’s 1984 from the EPIC Bookstore and support the work of Electronic Privacy Information Center. Defend privacy. Support EPIC.

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  • EPIC v. FBI

    EPIC files FOIA suit against FBI

    EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation in federal district court in Washington, DC. The case is designated EPIC v. FBI. The complaint states "EPIC challenges the FBI's failure to make a timely decision concerning EPIC's request for expedited processing of the FOIA request for records about the Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential Election."

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  • Plurality of Privacy

    Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays

    The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project focused on the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the US and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays exploring the central question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results will be presented by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018.

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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 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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  • 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.

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  • EPIC Cloud 2017

    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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Top News

EPIC Prevails in FOIA Lawsuit for FBI Privacy Assessments

EPIC has prevailed in EPIC v. FBI, a case involving a Freedom of Information Act request for privacy assessments the FBI is required to prepare. EPIC sued the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the agency failed to respond to EPIC's FOIA request for the assessments. EPIC subsequently challenged the adequacy of the agency's search for responsive documents and the FBI's claim that record could be withheld pursuant to "Exemption 7(E)," which concerns law enforcement "techniques and procedures." Today, the federal judge concluded that "the FBI neither adequately described its search nor properly justified its withholdings of information under FOIA exemption 7(E)." The Court ordered the FBI to supplement the record to address the inadequacy of the agency's search and the basis for the Exemption 7(E) claims.


Sen. Wyden Challenges Digital Border Searches

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has asked the Department of Homeland Security to explain reports of Customs and Border Patrol agents demanding access to Americans' locked phones at U.S. borders. Wyden said that "These digital dragnet border search practices weaken our national and economic security." EPIC awarded Sen. Wyden the EPIC Champion of Freedom Award in 2013. EPIC's 2017 awards dinner will be held on June 5, 2017 honoring Carrie Goldberg, Garry Kasparov, and Judge Patricia Wald. EPIC has also submitted FOIA requests to the DHS regarding the agency's policies for searches of social media.


German Agency Tells Parents to Destroy "My Friend Cayla" Dolls

The German Federal Network Agency has told parents to destroy the "My Friend Cayla" doll, an internet-connected doll that spies on young children. The toy is illegal under German privacy law because it is a "concealed listening device," according to the agency. EPIC and several consumer organizations filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission alleging that the doll violates U.S. privacy law. EPIC's complaint spurred a congressional investigation, and toy stores across Europe have removed Cayla from their shelves and are offering refunds to parents who purchased the toys. However, the Federal Trade Commission has failed to act on the complaint and U.S. families continue to purchase the doll that surreptitiously monitors children's communications.


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EPIC, Coalition Recommend 10 Steps for the FTC to Protect Consumers in 2017 »

EPIC Asks Congress To Examine Privacy and Safety Concerns for Connected Cars »

EPIC Urges Senate Committees to Protect Democratic Institutions »

EPIC, Coalition Urge OMB to Preserve Access to Public Information »

EPIC Urges Congress to Protect Consumers, Democratic Institutions with Strong Cyber Security Measures »

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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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Appellate Advocacy »

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.