• Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2019, EPIC has worked to protect democratic institutions, promote algorithmic transparency, and defend the right to privacy. We need your support. And EPIC is a top-rated non-profit - Charity Navigator (Four Star) and Guidestar (Gold). Please donate to EPIC today.

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    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Professor Anita Allen knows that EPIC is changing the privacy debate and asks you to support EPIC as she does. Support EPIC today!

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    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Security expert Bruce Schneier knows that EPIC is on the front lines of the most important civil liberties issues of our age and asks you to support our work. Support EPIC today!

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  • Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Professor and McArthur Genius Grant Recipient Danielle Citron knows EPIC is fighting for privacy and democracy. Support EPIC today!

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    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Human Rights Activist and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov knows that supporting EPIC is a smart move. Support EPIC today!

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    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Researcher and Professor danah boyd knows how important EPIC's diligence is. Support EPIC today!

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  • Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Craig Newmark appreciates the good work EPIC has done to protect our privacy and asks you to support EPIC's work as he does. Support EPIC today!

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  • EPIC Cloud 2019

    EPIC 2019

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2019, EPIC has important work to do on algorithmic transparency, facial recognition, data protection and democracy, among many other issues. Please donate to EPIC today to help us continue this important work.

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  • EPIC - Ban Face Surveillance

    EPIC Launches Campaign to Ban Face Surveillance

    EPIC has launched a campaign to ban face surveillance. EPIC will publish information on face surveillance laws, reports, and protests worldwide.

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  • EPIC - Grading the Curve

    EPIC Report Ranks Online Privacy Act #1

    EPIC has released an updated detailed analysis of the privacy bills in Congress. According to EPIC, Repreventatives Eshoo and Lofgren's Online Privacy Act ranks #1. EPIC's report reviews recent developments, sets out a model bill, and assesses pending legislation. The EPIC Report finds that several of the bills in Congress lack the basic elements of a privacy law, such as an opportunity for individuals to enforce their rights.

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  • US Needs a Data Protection Agency

    EPIC Launches Campaign For a Data Protection Agency

    EPIC has launched a campaign promoting the creation of a Data Protection Agency in the United States. While the FTC helps to safeguard consumers and promote competition, it is not a data protection agency. The U.S. needs a federal data protection agency focused on privacy protection, compliance with data protection obligations, and emerging privacy challenges.

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  • EPIC - Enforce the Order

    EPIC Challenges FTC-Facebook Settlement, Asks Court to Hear from Privacy Groups

    EPIC has filed a Motion to Intervene in United States v. Facebook to protect the interests of Facebook users. EPIC said the settlement "is not adequate, reasonable, or appropriate."

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Top News

New Report Recommends Privacy Law, Data Protection Agency for US

The Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) and the Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation published a new report on the privacy practices of Amazon, Netflix, and Spotify in the EU and the US. "Privacy in the EU and US: Consumer experiences across three global platforms" revealed that the companies provided less protection to US users, and that none of the companies complied fully with GDPR. The report recommends "baseline federal data protection and privacy law that does not pre-empt stronger state privacy protections and that creates an independent data protection agency." EPIC's recent report on federal privacy legislation Grading on a Curve: Privacy Legislation in the 116th Congress evaluates federal privacy bills. EPIC has called for comprehensive baseline, federal legislation and the creation of a data protection agency.


Documents Obtained by EPIC show Idaho's Use of Subjective Categories in Calculating Risk

In response to EPIC's Public Record Request, the Idaho Department of Correction released several documents about its risk assessment instrument, the "Level of Service Inventory-Revised" (LSI-R). Revealed in an annotated scoresheet that informs the LSI-R's calculation, the Idaho Department of Corrections uses several subjective categories to calculate an offender's risk and recidivism rate--including information about the alleged criminality of a defendant's social network, participation in leisurely activity, and mental health. EPIC also obtained a detailed scoring guide, LSI-R training materials, validation studies, and contract details. Only two validation studies were produced, and they were thirteen years apart. EPIC has obtained documents about pre-trial risk assessments as well as a scoring system developed by the DHS to assign risk assessments to travelers, including US citizens. EPIC has urged government agencies to make transparent algorithmic-based decision making.


EPIC Advises FTC to Strengthen the COPPA Rule to Protect Student Privacy

EPIC today submitted comments to the FTC on the agency's regulatory review of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rules. EPIC said the FTC should : (1) maintain the strong safeguards for children's data, (2) reject the "school official exception", (3) the FTC define the term "commercial purpose" and ensure that children's personal data collected in schools is not transferred to EdTech companies; and (4) the FTC require notification within forty-eights of a data breach of children's data by a company subject to COPPA. EPIC said "the FTC must now establish clear safeguards for children's data gathered in schools." EPIC testified before Congress in 1996 in support of the original children's privacy law. The FTC previously considered EPIC's recommendations in an early review of the COPPA Rule and incorporated several of EPIC's recommendations in the 2013 regulations.


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EPIC to Congress: Strong Encryption Keeps Our Nation Secure »

FTC Announces Non-Penalty in Cambridge Analytica Case »

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EPIC's Work

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Open Government »

EPIC v. DOJ: Seeking the final report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller concerning Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Appellate Advocacy »

Department of Commerce v. New York: Whether the Department of Commerce and Census Bureau violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it added a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

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EPIC provides expertise to shape strong privacy and open government laws at both the state and federal level.

US Needs a Data Protection Agency

Privacy Campaigns »

EPIC recently launched a campaign to promote the creation of a Data Protection Agency in the U.S.