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    EPIC, CDD Charge WhatsApp Policy Change Unlawful, Urge FTC to Act

    EPIC and the Center for Digital Democracy have filed a complaint with the FTC concerning WhatsApp's plan to transfer user data, including personal phone numbers, to Facebook. This reversal contradicts WhatsApp’s previous promises to users that their personal information would not be disclosed and would not be used for marketing purposes.

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    EPIC, Verified Voting, Common Cause Release Report on Ballot Secrecy

    EPIC, Verified Voting, and Common Cause have released a report highlighting the right to a secret ballot and how Internet voting threatens voter privacy. All 50 states recognize ballot secrecy as a core value. Despite this, 32 states and DC are promoting Internet voting, typically for overseas and military voters, and are asking those voters to waive their right to a secret ballot.

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    EPIC Defends Right of Data Breach Victims to Seek Legal Relief

    EPIC has filed an amicus brief urging a federal appeals court to protect a consumer’s ability to sue companies that fail to protect their personal information. A group of consumers sued a grocery chain after faulty security practices left their credit card information exposed to hackers. In its brief, EPIC said courts should focus on whether companies have violated a legal obligation such as safeguarding personal data, including credit card information.

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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 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 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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    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

Data Protection 2016: 500 Million Yahoo Users Victims of Massive Data Breach

Yahoo has announced that the personal data of at least 500 million users was breached in late 2014. The breach included users’ names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, passwords and security questions and answers. For many years, EPIC has urged the Administration and Congress to promote Privacy Enhancing Techniques that minimize or eliminate the collection of personally identifiable information. This year EPIC launched “Data Protection 2016,” a non-partisan campaign to make data protection an issue in the 2016 election, calling it “the most important, least well understood issue” of this election.


Consumer Groups Back Call for FTC to Investigate WhatsApp

More than a dozen US consumer organizations have asked the Federal Trade Commission to pursue the complaint EPIC and the Center for Digital Democracy filed about WhatsApp’s plan to transfer user data to Facebook. The EPIC-CDD complaint said that the changes to WhatsApp contradict promises  to users that personal information would not be used for marketing purposes.  The FTC has said "When companies tell consumers they will safeguard their personal information, the FTC can and does take law enforcement action to make sure that companies live up these promises." The FTC responded that it would “carefully review” EPIC’s complaint. The consumer coalition letter urges the Commission to “fulfill its duty to protect consumer privacy, and to investigate and enjoin WhatsApp and Facebook’s proposed change in business practices.” 


Federal Judge Unseals Secret Surveillance Records

A federal judge has ordered the public release of 235 sealed records of government surveillance in response to a request from a journalist.  EPIC has urged greater transparency of these "pen register and trap and trace" orders. As a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit  against the Justice Department, EPIC v. DOJ, EPIC made public formerly secret documents about the government’s use of pen registers to collect the records of private communications.


Pew Survey Finds Support for New US Privacy Laws, Limits on Data Retention »

EPIC Advises Congress on Modernizing Telemarketing Rules to Protect Consumers »

U.S. Proposes Voluntary Guidelines for "Automated Vehicles," Privacy and Safety Issues Remain a Challenge »

Policy Commission Seeks Public Comment »

FAA Drone Advisory Committee to Address Privacy »

White House Updates Guidance on Federal Agency Privacy Practices »

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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: Seeking unpublished reports from the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General.

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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 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.