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    EPIC, Coalition Urge FCC to End Call Record Data Retention

    EPIC and a coalition of leading consumer rights, human rights, and civil liberties organizations, along with members of the EPIC Advisory Board, have petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to end the FCC's rule requiring mass retention of phone records.

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    EPIC Files FTC Complaint Against Uber about Plan to Track Users and Gather Contact List Data

    EPIC has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, charging that Uber's plan to track users and gather contact details is an unlawful and deceptive trade practice. Previous EPIC complaints at the FTC have typically led to investigations and then to settlements following a change in business practices.

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    EPIC 2015

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2015, 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 2015 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    Marc Rotenberg, Susan Linn, and Bruce Schneier. 2015 EPIC Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner. Washington, DC (Credit: Jennifer Morris)

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    Senator Markey Speaks at EPIC Book Event

    Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) recently appeared at an EPIC book event to support the release of EPIC's new anthology, "Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions" and Bruce Schneier's "Data and Goliath." Senator Markey discussed his efforts to establish new safeguards for student privacy and to limit drone surveillance.

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    Senate Passes FREEDOM Act, Ends NSA Bulk Collection

    The USA Freedom Act, signed into law this week, ends the NSA bulk collection of domestic telephone records and establishes new transparency and accountability rules for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. In 2013, EPIC filed a petition in the Supreme Court, In re EPIC, arguing that the NSA program was unlawful. In 2014, EPIC and a broad coalition urged the President to end the NSA surveillance program.

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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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    Tim Cook Backs Privacy, Crypto, Freedom at EPIC Awards Dinner

    Apple CEO Tim Cook gave an impassioned speech at the 2015 EPIC Champions of Freedom Award dinner. Cook said the erosion of privacy represents a threat to the American way of life. Tim Cook is the first business leader to receive the Award from EPIC. (Photo by Jenifer Morris).

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Top News

D.C. Circuit Reverses Important NSA Surveillance Ruling, Sends the Case Back to Lower Court

A divided panel of the D.C. Circuit has reversed a lower court decision that the NSA bulk metadata collection program violated the Fourth Amendment. The judges in Klayman v. Obama agreed that the plaintiff did not have sufficient evidence that his telephone records were collected. But the majority of the panel agreed that the plaintiff should be allowed to conduct "discovery" to prove standing, and remanded the case to the lower court. In 2013, EPIC filed a petition in the Supreme Court, In re EPIC, arguing that the NSA program was unlawful. In 2014, EPIC and a broad coalition urged the President to end the NSA surveillance program.


Following EPIC Complaint, FOIA Ombudsman Announces Investigation of Practices at DHS

The federal FOIA ombudsman has informed EPIC that it is investigating the FOIA practices of six DHS component agencies. In 2014, EPIC and a dozen open government organizations urged the Office of Government Information Services to investigate the impermissible closures of FOIA requests. Through "still interested" letters, some federal agencies notify FOIA requesters that unprocessed requests will be closed by the agency if there is no further communication. EPIC and the open government groups object to the practice and reminded OGIS that "no provision in the [FOIA] allows for administrative closures." An earlier EPIC letter to OGIS led to a reduction of fee payments for FOIA requesters.


Appeals Court Upholds FTC's Data Security Authority

A federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission can enforce data security standards. In FTC v. Wyndham, the agency sued Wyndham hotels after the company exposed financial data of hundreds of thousands of customers. The company argued that the FTC lacked authority to enforce security standards, but the court disagreed. EPIC filed an amicus brief, joined by leading technical experts and legal scholars, defending the FTC's "critical role in safeguarding consumer privacy and promoting stronger security standards." EPIC explained that data breaches, which have caused more than $500 million in damages last year alone, are one of the top concerns of American consumers.


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Federal Appeals Court Revives Driver Privacy Claims »

Education Department Seeks Public Comment on Student Privacy Guidance »

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EPIC Challenge to FAA Failure to Establish Privacy Safeguards Moves Forward »

EPIC Petitions Supreme Court, Seeks Release of Cellphone Shutdown Policy »

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Our Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: Uncovering Government Surveillance Reports

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Appellate Advocacy »

City of Los Angeles v. Patel: Does a warrantless search of hotel guest registries violate the 4th Amendment?

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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.