• EPIC 2015 Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom.

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  • Tim Cook

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom, including Tim Cook.

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  • Richard Clarke

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom, including Richard A. Clarke.

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  • Kamala Harris

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom, including California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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  • Susan Linn

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom, including Susan Linn of Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood.

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  • Bruce Schneier

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

    Join EPIC on June 1, 2015 as we honor this year's Champions of Freedom, hosted by Bruce Schneier and Hilary Rosen.

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  • Hilary Rosen

    EPIC's Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner 2015

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  • EPIC Cloud 2015

    EPIC 2015

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Top News

Inspector General Warns: Significant Oversight of Section 215 Required

The DOJ's Office of the Inspector General released a report this month detailing the FBI's use of Section 215 and warning that "significant oversight" is required. The Inspector General describes the FBI's expanding use of 215 to collect electronic information in bulk and criticized the agency for taking seven years to develop minimization procedures. The Second Circuit ruled the NSA's telephone record collection program exceeded the legal authority under Section 215. EPIC previously petitioned the Supreme Court to suspend the program. Unless Congress votes to reauthorize or modify the authority, Section 215 is set to expire on June 1.


California AG Urges Congress to Reform Data Breach Notification Bill

California Attorney General Kamala Harris has admonished the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the proposed Data Security and Breach Notification Act. In a letter to Committee leadership, Harris wrote, "I urge you to recognize the important role that states play in developing innovative approaches to consumer protection, and to reject a one-size-fits all law that establishes a ceiling rather than a floor on data security and data breach notification and consumer protection." California's Constitution guarantees the right to privacy, and California passed the first ever state data breach notification law. EPIC has also warned that the House bill would preempt stronger state laws and strip the FCC of its authority to defend consumer privacy.


Pew Survey: Vast Majority of Americans Feel Strongly About Privacy, Want Control Over Personal Information

The Pew Research Center has published a new privacy poll on Americans' Views About Data Collection and Security. According to the Pew survey, 74% of Americans believe control over personal information is "very important," yet only 9% believe they have such control.Americans also value having the ability to share confidential matters with another trusted person. The vast majority of Americans want limits on how long companies retain records about their activities. And 65% of American adults believe there are not adequate limits on the telephone and internet data that the government collects.


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EPIC Warns Congress of Risks of Body Cameras »

New Drone Privacy Law Signed by Florida Governor »

Appeals Court Turns Down EPIC's Challenge to Cellphone Shutdown Secrecy »

House Passes Surveillance Reform Bill, Deadline Looms for Senate »

Senators Markey and Hatch Propose Student Privacy Act »

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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.