• Los Angeles v. Patel Amicus Brief

    Los Angeles v. Patel

    The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Los Angeles v. Patel, concerning the warrantless inspection of hotel records by the police. EPIC's brief, joined with thirty-six technical experts and legal scholars, argued that "individuals have a constitutional right to gather at hotels for political and religious purposes without being subject to police inspection."

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  • Minority Report

    EPIC v. DHS. Not a Movie.

    EPIC is seeking documents about Homeland Security's plans for "pre-crime detection." Tom Cruise starred in a 2002 movie about "a special police unit that is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crime."

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  • Google Advisory Council Question

    The Right to be Forgotten

    Surprisingly, the Google Advisory Council has decided that the company is free to post in .COM harmful private information of Europeans even though similar information concerning those in the US would be removed.

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  • End Secret Profiling

    Algorithmic Transparency: End Secret Profiling

    EPIC recently launched a project on algorithmic transparency, urging companies to show us the code that makes judgements about us.

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  • EPIC Cloud 2015

    EPIC 2015

    EPIC is on the front lines of the major privacy and civil liberties debates. In 2015, 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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  • FOIA Rocks Website

    FOIA.ROCKS

    EPIC recently launched foia.rocks, a comprehensive resource celebrating the Freedom of Information Act.

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Top News

Senate Committee Approves Cyber Surveillance Bill

In a closed-door meeting, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence approved the "Cyber Information Sharing Act of 2015". The bill would allow the government to obtain user information from private companies without judicial oversight. Companies would receive immunity for their disregard of existing privacy law. Senator Wyden, who opposed the measure, stated, "If information-sharing legislation does not include adequate privacy protections then that's not a cybersecurity bill - it's a surveillance bill by another name." Last year, EPIC won a five-year court battle against the NSA for NSPD 54—the foundational legal document for U.S. cybersecurity policies. The Directive reveals the government's long-standing interest in enlisting private sector companies to monitor user activity.


Data Breach Bill Would Preempt State Law, Weaken FCC Authority

Representatives Burgess, Blackburn, and Welch have proposed a bill for data breach notification. The Data Security and Breach Notification Act would require businesses to notify consumers of a data breach "unless there is no reasonable risk of identity theft or financial harm." The bill would also preempt stronger state laws, and would strip the FCC of its authority to protect consumers privacy. In 2005, EPIC testified before Congress on "Identity Theft and Data Broker Services" and urged the regulation of data brokers following the disclosure that Choicepoint sold personal information to identity thieves. In 2009 and again in 2011, EPIC favored baseline federal law that would allow states to innovate and develop new legislative responses to privacy risks.


Wikimedia Sues NSA Over Mass Internet Surveillance

Wikimedia filed a federal lawsuit against the NSA over the mass surveillance of Internet communications. Wikimedia asked the court to halt the government's upstream collection—the practice of directly tapping into the Internet backbone that carries communications across the U.S. Wikimedia argues that upstream collection exceeds statutory authority and violates the First and Fourth Amendments, as well as Article III of the Constitution. Explaining the case, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales wrote, "Privacy is an essential right. It makes freedom of expression possible, and sustains freedom of inquiry and association." In 2013, EPIC petitioned the Supreme Court to stop the NSA's bulk telephone metadata program.


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Senators Propose Law to Regulate Data Broker Industry »

Sen. Markey and Rep. Welch Propose Drone Privacy Legislation »

Federal Courts Considers FTC's Data Protection Authority »

EPIC Files FTC Comments on Revenge Porn, Facial Recognition Privacy Risks »

Supreme Court to Consider Hotel Records Privacy Case, EPIC Amicus Cites Constitutional Interests »

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Our Work

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EPIC v. DOJ: Uncovering Government Surveillance Reports

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Appellate Advocacy »

Riley v. California: Warrantless Search of a Cell Phone During an Arrest

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The Public Voice »

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EPIC recently launched a project on algorithmic transparency, urging companies to show us the code that makes judgements about us.