• Liberty At Risk

    Liberty at Risk: Pre-trial Risk Assessment Tools in the U.S.

    Federal, state, and local governments use Risk Assessment Tools to make key decisions about defendants in criminal cases, depriving accused individuals of their liberty based on subjective assessments of the likelihood that they will flee or commit crimes in the future. Many of these tools are opaque and not subject to independent review. "Liberty at Risk: Pre-trial Risk Assessment Tools in the U.S." provides an overview of Risk Assessment Tools that practitioners and scholars can use to understand the nature of these systems, understand the broader context in which they are used, and help focus their evaluations of the fairness of these systems.

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  • Privacy and the Pandemic

    Privacy and the Pandemic

    EPIC is working to ensure that private and public sector responses to COVID-19 safeguard the privacy and civil liberties of all people. Through advocacy, oversight, and litigation, EPIC is ensuring that the coronavirus pandemic does not lead to erosion of individual rights. Visit epic.org/covid to see EPIC's resources on these issues.

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  • Court Rules for EPIC in Mueller Case

    Court Rules for EPIC in Mueller Case.

    A federal judge has agreed to conduct an independent assessment in EPIC's case for the release of the complete Mueller Report. Judge Walton called the Attorney General's conduct in the case EPIC v. DOJ "distorted" and "misleading." EPIC has published a book about the case EPIC v. Department of Justice: The Mueller Report", available for sale at the EPIC Bookstore.

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  • Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    Defend Privacy. Support EPIC.

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2020, 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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    EPIC 2020

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2021, EPIC has important work to do on artificial intelligence, face surveillance, data protection, and algorithmic fairness, among many other issues. Please donate to EPIC today to help us continue this important work.

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    EPIC Launches Campaign For a Data Protection Agency

    EPIC Advisory Board Member Professor Ari Waldman and EPIC Policy Director Caitriona Fitzgerald with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for introduction of Data Protection Act to establish a data protection agency in the United States.

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    EPIC Files Complaint with FTC about Employment Screening Firm HireVue

    EPIC General Counsel Alan Butler discussing EPIC's case about the use of AI for employment screening on CBS News.

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    EPIC's Jeramie Scott: Ban Face Surveillance

    EPIC Senior Counsel Jeramie Scott on CBS News discussing the dangers of face surveillance.

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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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Top News

EPIC Urges HHS to Prioritize Patient Privacy in Modifications to HIPAA Privacy Rule

In comments to the Health and Human Services Department (HHS), EPIC opposed proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule reducing restrictions on disclosing patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI). HHS's proposed rule would expand the entities that can receive PHI without patient consent, lower the standard for disclosing PHI in the process of care coordination, and specifically authorized certain non-consensual disclosures of PHI for patients with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. EPIC argued that the modifications will expose patients to greater risk of data breach and increase barriers to receiving care for stigmatized populations without providing benefits to patients. Recently, EPIC Executive Director Alan Butler and Counsel Enid Zhou published a paper in the American University Law Review analyzing the increased collection of health data during the Covid-19 pandemic.


White House Launches Website for National AI Initiative, AI.Gov

The White House has launched AI.gov, the new website of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office featuring reports, policy priorities, and news about artificial intelligence from across the federal government. The site lists "Advancing Trustworthy AI" and "International Cooperation" as two of six top priorities for federal AI policy, embracing the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development AI Principles and the G20 AI Principles. EPIC has urged both the White House and Congress to prioritize human rights over AI adoption and has recommended the OECD Principles and the Universal Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence as baseline frameworks for regulating AI and mitigating algorithmic harms. EPIC has also fought for transparency in AI policymaking, successfully suing the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence to enforce its public records and open meetings obligations.


EPIC Obtains 2018 DHS Election Security Briefing with Members of Congress

Through a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Homeland Security, EPIC obtained records circulated in a 2018 election security meeting with members of the U.S. House of Representatives. On May 22, 2018, then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, then-Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, and then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats held a classified briefing for members of Congress informing them of the risks to the election process and steps the administration was taking to assist state officials in ensuring election security. The briefing materials include charts on election infrastructure cyber risk scenarios and cybersecurity considerations, as well as compiled anecdotes of the DHS's engagement with state election security officials. These anecdotes highlighted how states have taken efforts to strengthen their election systems for the 2018 mid-term elections, including some states taking up the voluntary election security resources from DHS. EPIC sued the DHS for records about the agency’s assessment of election vulnerabilities following the 2016 presidential election and its ongoing role in protecting election systems as critical infrastructure. The agency released hundreds of pages of records to EPIC about its role in election cybersecurity, with records revealing the agency's rocky initial involvement in election security following its 2017 designation of election infrastructure as critical infrastructure and how far the agency has come since then. The case is EPIC v. DHS, 17-2047 (D.D.C.).


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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

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