Public interest research center to focus public attention on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, freedom of expression, and democratic values in the information age.
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Mission and Purpose
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, DC. EPIC was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, freedom of expression, and democratic values in the information age. EPIC pursues a wide range of program activities including policy research, public education, conferences, litigation, publications, and advocacy. EPIC routinely files amicus briefs in federal courts, pursues open government cases, defends consumer privacy, organizes conferences for NGOs, and speaks before Congress and judicial organizations about emerging privacy and civil liberties issues
Origins and Development
Founded in 1994, it operates out of Washington D.C.
Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding
Non-profit 501(c)(3) listed by the IRS as a public charity (not a private foundation), works off of donations
Specializations, Methods and Tools
Major Projects and Events
EPIC has a three pronged workflow to affect US policy on privacy, information access, surveillance, and digital civil liberties. It produces papers and organizes conferences for NGOs, it participates in litigation processes directly and indirectly (filing amicus briefs), and it speaks before congress.
EPIC's international work promotes privacy and open government laws and policies globally with a focus on EU-US relations. EPIC pursues international privacy and freedom of information cases and submits amicus briefs before the European Court of Human Rights and other European institutions. EPIC facilitates civil society participation in OECD's work.
Analysis and Lessons Learned
View EPIC's most recent annual reports and brochures, all available as PDF documents:
2015 Brochure | 2014 Brochure | 2013-2014 Report | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2007-2008 | 2006-2007 | 2005-2006 | 2004-2005 | 2003-2004 | 2002-2003 | 2001-2002
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