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    danah boyd, founder of the Data & Society Research Institute and social media scholar, knows that we need EPIC's diligence. danah asks that you support EPIC today!

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    Esteemed law professor Danielle Citron from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law knows that EPIC rocks. Her book Hate Crimes in Cyberspace was named as one of the "Top 20 Best Moments for Women in 2014" by the editors of Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar. Professor Citron asks that you support EPIC today!

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Top News

EPIC, Coalition Urge OMB to Protect the Privacy Act and FOIA

EPIC, OpenTheGovernment.org, and a coalition of over 40 groups urged the Office of Management and Budget to "suspend action on any pending rules or regulations that would diminish the effectiveness of the Privacy Act or the Freedom of Information Act." The Acts ensure government transparency while protecting personal information retained by government agencies. EPIC has filed numerous Freedom of Information Act lawsuits to increase transparency around government surveillance programs. In public comments to federal agencies, EPIC has consistently recommended stronger privacy protections and argued against agency proposals to exempt themselves from the safeguards of the Privacy Act.


EPIC, International Consumer Coalition Urges Recall on "Toys That Spy"

#toyfail imageEPIC has filed a landmark complaint with the Federal Trade Commission about “toys that spy.” The complaint alleges that My Friend Cayla and i-Que Robot violate federal privacy law. “The toys subject young children to ongoing surveillance,” EPIC said in a statement. The EPIC complaint targets manufacturer Genesis Toys and Nuance Communications and describes how Internet-connected toys pose ongoing serious safety threats to children. EPIC’s complaint, joined by the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood, the Center for Digital Democracy, and Consumers Union, is part of coordinated effort to ban these toys from the marketplace. The complaint follows earlier efforts by the Norwegian Consumer Council. EPIC warned Congress about the risks of the Internet of Things, and filed complaints with the FTC about “always on” devices and “smart TVs.”


Uber Expands Data Collection, Tracks Users, as Transport Services Case is Heard by European Court

Uber is now routinely tracking the location of all of its users, even when they are not using the transportation service. Last year, EPIC filed a complaint with the FTC after Uber announced the plan to collect location data when the app operated in the background. EPIC said that Uber had engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practice. The FTC failed to act and Uber is now tracking users non-stop. In Europe, Uber is facing legal action as the European Court of Justice considers whether the company should be considered a transportation service, subject to the same rules as its competitors, or a digital platform, which operates outside the law.


Congress to Examine Artificial Intelligence »

Congress Passes Consumer Review Fairness Act, Bans Gag Clauses »

Government Breaches Continue, Hacker Compromises more than 130,000 Navy Records »

FBI to Monitor Twitter »

New Study Shows Global Increase in Comprehensive Privacy Protections »

DHS Releases Revised FOIA Regulations, Agrees and Disagrees with EPIC's Suggestions »

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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.