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ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER 

Also Known As: EPIC

1718 Connecticut Ave NW 
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20009
http://www.epic.org/

Mission and Programs

Mission

The Electronic Privacy Information Center ("EPIC") is an independent non-profit research center in Washington, DC. EPIC's mission is to focus public attention on emerging privacy and related human rights issues. EPIC works to protect privacy, freedom of expression, and democratic values, and to promote the Public Voice in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. EPIC pursues a wide range of program activities including public education, litigation, 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. EPIC works closely with a distinguished advisory board, with expertise in law, technology and public policy. EPIC maintains one of the most popular privacy web sites in the world - epic.org. Based in Washington, DC, EPIC engages the national debate over the future of privacy. With an office in Somerville, Massachusetts, EPIC works on state and local issues across the country. And with strong ties to organizations around the world, EPIC has a global presence.

Programs

Program:EPIC Open Government Project
Budget: NaN
Category: Crime & Legal
Population Served: General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The EPIC Open Government Project is one of the nation’s leading government transparency programs. Combining decades of expertise in the Freedom of Information Act with experienced litigation attorneys, EPIC obtains important government records to promote accountability and safeguard civil liberties. The EPIC Open Government Project pursues four distinct program activities. First, the project actively pursues secret government documents through the FOIA. Second, the EPIC Open Government Project recommends improvements to agency rulemakings concerning transparency, privacy, and civil liberties. Third, EPIC trains law school students on utilizing the FOIA to promote open government. Fourth, EPIC participates in coalitions with other government transparency organizations. EPIC’s extensive press outreach and popular website allow EPIC to make FOIA documents widely available to the press and the public. [epic.org/open_gov/]


Program:Public Voice Project
Budget: NaN
Category: International, Foreign Affairs & National Security
Population Served: General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The Public Voice coalition was established in 1996 by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) to promote public participation in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. The Public Voice has pursued issues ranging from privacy and freedom of expression to consumer protection and Internet governance. Through international conferences, reports and funding for travel the Public Voice project seeks to increase the presence of NGOs at meetings across the globe. In cooperation with the OECD, UNESCO, and other international organizations, the Public Voice project brings civil society leaders face to face with government officials for constructive engagement about current policy issues. Public Voice events have been held in Buenos Aires, Cancun, Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, Honolulu, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Ottawa, Paris, Seoul, Washington, and Wroclaw. The Public Voice project is made possible, in part, by support from the Ford Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and EPIC. The Public Voice has provided support for several organizations, including the Center for International Media Action, CPSR, EDRi, People for Internet Responsibility, Privacy International, CPSR-Peru, and the TransAlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD). The Public Voice helped establish the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) which is the "voice of civil society" at the OECD. CSISAC's mission is set out in the Seoul Declaration adopted at the OECD Ministerial Meeting in Seoul, 2008. CSISAC contributes to the OECD’s work on Digital Economy Policy and promotes the exchange of information between the OECD and civil society. The OECD provides civil society participants with substantial empirical analysis that enable informed policy assessments; CSISAC provides the OECD with the essential perspectives of experts and NGOs leaders. CSISAC strengthens the relationship between civil society and the OECD and promotes better-informed and more widely accepted policies for the IT sector. "There is an increasing recognition that we must involve all stakeholders including the voice of civil society. The Public Voice meeting and its contributions to the Forum have been constructive and positive." — OECD Under Secretary General
Program:EPIC Amicus Project
Budget: NaN
Category: Crime & Legal
Population Served: General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

The EPIC Amicus Project seeks to promote privacy and government oversight by filing "friend of the court" briefs in federal and state courts.The EPIC Amicus Program is one of the most prolific appellate advocacy programs in the United States, filing almost 100 amicus briefs on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues, including more than 20 briefs for the US Supreme Court. The EPIC Project brings together experts in the fields of law, technology, and privacy policy with a team of in-house litigators to identify and file in cutting edge privacy cases. EPIC’s amicus briefs have been cited by judges and justices in significant Fourth Amendment, consumer privacy, communications privacy, medical privacy, workplace privacy, and open government cases. EPIC continues to expand the scope of the Amicus Program, including arguing cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court, the New Mexico Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. EPIC’s amicus participation has also been requested by judges in both federal and state cases. And EPIC attorneys frequently speak at judicial conferences, both in the United States and around the world, about emerging privacy issues and the role of the judiciary.[epic.org/amicus/]
Program:EPIC Policy Project
Budget: NaN
Category: Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served: General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

EPIC's Policy Project provides expertise to shape strong privacy and open government laws at both the state and federal level. [epic.org/testimony/congress and epic.org/state-policy/] The EPIC website [epic.org] is a resource for lawmakers, their staffs, academics, the media, and the public on various privacy related topics. The EPIC Policy Project has testified in Congress, submitted statements to Congressional committees, and participated in hearings before the Wisconsin State Assembly on student privacy and the Pennsylvania Assembly on drone surveillance.
Program:EPIC Consumer Privacy Project
Budget: NaN
Category: Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served: General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Consumers should not have to choose between engaging in modern society and retaining their right to privacy. The EPIC Consumer Privacy Project advocates for the rights consumers and Internet users, and works to protect consumers’ personal information and autonomy in the digital marketplace. EPIC promotes the implementation and enforcement of Fair Information Practices, and the enactment of the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. [epic.org/privacy/consumer/]
Program:EPIC Domestic Surveillance Project
Budget: NaN
Category: Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served: General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

EPIC’s Domestic Surveillance Project focuses public attention on merging technologies used to conduct domestic surveillance. As federal Judge Chutkan explained in a case brought by EPIC, "There can be little dispute that the general public has a genuine, tangible interest in a system designed to store and manipulate significant quantities of its own biometric data, particularly given the great numbers of people from whom such data will be gathered.” EPIC's Domestic Surveillance Project looks also at drones surveillance, social media monitoring, police body-worn cameras, passenger profiling, vehicle tracking and cyber surveillance. The Project pursues several activities to inform the public and to advocate for better privacy protections. EPIC uses FOIA to obtain documents about government surveillance programs. EPIC also files comments with federal agencies, leads coalition advocacy efforts, and testifies before state and federal legislatures for better privacy protections. EPIC has filed numerous amicus briefs in important court cases that address surveillance issues. [epic.org/privacy/surveillance]
Program:EPIC Administrative Law Project
Budget: NaN
Category: Crime & Legal
Population Served: General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Through the Administrative Law Project, EPIC aims to compel federal agencies to adopt practices that safeguard privacy and promote transparency. EPIC has pursued this mission through extensive comments to agencies, and subsequent lawsuits in instances where agencies fail to adopt EPIC’s recommendations. Over the last twenty years, EPIC has successfully advocated for individual privacy rights in agency rulemaking proceedings. EPIC has also successfully sued the government to force an agency to conduct a public rulemaking as required under the APA. [epic.org/apa/comments/]

NTEE Code

  • R60 (Civil Liberties Advocacy)
  • U01 (Alliance/Advocacy Organizations)
  • Q70 (International Human Rights)

Chief Executive Profile

Marc Rotenberg is President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy and open government law at Georgetown University Law Center. As an advocate, technologist, lawyer, and scholar, he has worked for more than 30 years to promote public understanding of new technologies and to safeguard fundamental human rights.

Balance Sheet Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 2015

Total Note: The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities also must be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.
Assets January 1, 2015December 31, 2015Change
Cash & Equivalent$680,860$414,374($266,486)
Accounts Receivable$0$0$0
Pledges & Grants Receivable$177,618$277,699$100,081
Receivable/Other Due to changes in the 2008 Form 990, this data is no longer reported.$0$0$0
Inventories for Sale or Use$0$0$0
Investment/Securities Due to Changes in the 2008 Form, this value now includes Publicly Traded Securities as well as Other Securities. $1,439,249$1,351,428($87,821)
Investment/Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 form 990 against the same field on prior forms $0$0$0
Fixed Assets The 2008 form does not distinguish between LBE as investments and LBE as fixed assets. This value is equivalent to the sum of both line items on earlier forms (Part IV line 55 plus line 57). $8,078$10,971$2,893
Other Program Related Investments is now a separate field on the new form, Part X-13(A) and (B). $2,082$8,283$6,201
Total Assets:$2,307,887$2,062,755($245,132)

LiabilitiesJanuary 1, 2015December 31, 2015Change
Accounts Payable$34,009$48,481$14,472
Grants Payable$0$0$0
Deferred Revenue$0$0$0
Loans and Notes The value on this line may now include payables to former employees, disqualified persons and unrelated third parties. $0$0$0
Tax-Exempt Bond Liabilities$0$0$0
Other Due to various changes in the way this data is reported in the 2008 Form 990, it may not be possible to accurately compare this data from the 2008 Form 990 against the same field on prior forms $0$3,314$3,314
Total Liabilities:$34,009$51,795$17,786

Fund Balance:$2,273,878$2,010,960($262,918)
 

Basic Information

  • This organization is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.
  • Financial information in this report is derived from the organization's December 31, 2015 Form 990.

Executive

Mr.  Marc  Rotenberg 

Contact

Mr. Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director

Phone

202 -483-1140 (ext. 106)

Fax

202 -483-1248

Email

rotenberg@epic.org

EIN:52-2225921
Year Founded:1994
Ruling Year:2000
Fiscal Year End Date: December 31, 2015
Assets: $2,062,755
(from Dec 31, 2015 Form 990)
Income: $1,119,662
(from Dec 31, 2015 Form 990)
No. of Employees:13

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