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Marc Rotenberg


Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Adjunct Professor of Law

A.B., Harvard; J.D., Stanford

Professor Rotenberg is president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), an independent public interest research organization in Washington, DC. He is coauthor (with Anita...

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Professor Rotenberg is president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), an independent public interest research organization in Washington, DC. He is coauthor (with Anita L. Allen) of Privacy Law and Society (West Academic 2016), editor of The Privacy Law Sourcebook: United States Law, International Law and Recent Developments (EPIC 2016), coeditor of Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions (The New Press 2015),  Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws (EPIC 2010), and Privacy and Technology: The New Landscape (MIT Press 1998). He is on the editorial boards of several academic journals, including European Data Protection Law (Lexxion - Berlin) and the Journal of Cyber Affairs (Wiley - China).

Professor Rotenberg has testified before the US Congress on more than 60 occasions. He testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty." He has also spoken before the European Parliament several times, at judicial conferences many times, and given invited lectures in more than 30 countries. Professor Rotenberg has written more than 70 amicus briefs on privacy and civil liberties for federal and state courts, including thirty amicus briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court. He has submitted comments in about 100 federal agency rulemakings and similar agency proceedings. Through EPIC he maintains an active litigation practice, focusing on Freedom of Information Act and Administrative Procedures Act cases.

Professor Rotenberg has served on advisory panels for the American Bar Association Section on Criminal Justice, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the National Academy of Science (NAS), the Organization of American States (OAS), UNESCO, and the OECD. He is a former chair of the Public Interest Registry, which established and manages the .ORG domain. His current research studies are with the Aspen Institute (Algorithmic Transparency), the National Academies of Science (big data and privacy), and the OECD in Paris (the Digital Economy).

At Stanford Law School, Marc Rotenberg was Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review, President of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation (SPILF), and research assistant for Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. After law school, he served as Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee, specializing in law and technology. Professor Rotenberg is a member of the District of Columbia and Massachusetts bar, and the Supreme Court, the D.C. Circuit, First Circuit, Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Sixth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Professor Rotenberg is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has received several awards and honors, including the World Technology Award in Law, the American Lawyer Award for Top Lawyers Under 45, the ABA Cyberlaw Excellence Award, the Norbert Weiner Award for Social and Professional Responsibility, and the Vicennial medal from Georgetown University for 20 years of distinguished service.

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The Senate Banking Committee, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing about the Equifax Data Breach was broadcast on C-SPAN, October 17, 2017, including testimony by Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Adjunct Professor of Law. 

"Why does your identity depend on one number? Security experts push to replace SSN," by the Denver Post, September 19, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"Professor Rotenberg Speaks about Free Speech and Privacy," coverage by The Michigan Review, October 23, 2016, featuring discussion lead by Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg, director, Electronic Privacy Information Center.

"Academic Freedom Lecture to explore expression, privacy online," coverage in The Record (Univ. of MI), September 26,2016, quoting Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"Google's new Allo raises privacy concerns," coverage by USA Today, September 21, 2016, quoting Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

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The Senate Banking Committee, Housing and Urban Affairs hearing about the Equifax Data Breach was broadcast on C-SPAN, October 17, 2017, including testimony by Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and Adjunct Professor of Law. 

"Why does your identity depend on one number? Security experts push to replace SSN," by the Denver Post, September 19, 2017, quoting Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"Professor Rotenberg Speaks about Free Speech and Privacy," coverage by The Michigan Review, October 23, 2016, featuring discussion lead by Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg, director, Electronic Privacy Information Center.

"Academic Freedom Lecture to explore expression, privacy online," coverage in The Record (Univ. of MI), September 26,2016, quoting Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"Google's new Allo raises privacy concerns," coverage by USA Today, September 21, 2016, quoting Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"Mich. Court Further Curbs Streaming Privacy Laws In Pandora," coverage in Law 360, July 11, 2016, featuring Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"Digital Privacy, in the U.S. and Europe," New York Times, October 13, 2015, a letter to the editor by Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"Google's position makes no sense: Opposing view," a piece in USA Today, January 22, 2015, by Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

"When the Art Is Watching You," Wall Street Journal, December 11, 2014, quoting Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"The Solace of Oblivion," coverage in The New Yorker, September 29, 2014, quoting Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg, executive director, Electronic Privacy Information Center. 

"Army now says it won’t put cameras on surveillance aircraft in Maryland," coverage in The Washington Post, September 3, 2014, and "Podcast: Online privacy for public figures in the social media age," coverage in Constitution Daily, September 5, 2014, quoting Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of secret data demands," coverage in The Washington Post, May 1, 2014, featuring Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"White House seeks privacy balance in a 'Big Data' world," coverage in Reuters, May 1, 2014, featuring Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg and John Podesta, L'76.

"Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence," coverage in The Washington Post, April 12, 2014, quoting Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

"Consumer Privacy Rights Need Urgent Protection in Washington, Activists Say," coverage in The Washington Post, February 24, 2014, featuring Adjunct Professor
Marc Rotenberg.

"Google, let users opt in on privacy settings," an opinion piece on CNN.com, by Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg, January 11, 2014.

"Google Cars Update Lee County Map, Worry Privacy Watchdogs," coverage in the Daily Journal: Northeast Mississippi News, November 23, 2013, quoting Professor Marc Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC.

"Better Privacy Laws: Priority for America and Germany," New York Times, September 3, 2013, a letter to the editor by Professor Marc S. Rotenberg.

"Blimps Over Washington," coverage in the Huffington Post, July 25, 2013, featuring Professor Marc Rotenburg.

"Key to Government's Monitoring Power Lies in War, Technology," coverage in the Washington Post, June 7, 2013, featuring Professor Laura Donohue and Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"Stores' Surveillance Cameras Can Help Crack Crimes," coverage in USA Today, April 18, 2013, featuring Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"Google Concedes That Drive-By Prying Violated Privacy," coverage in the New York Times, March 12, 2013, featuring Professor David Vladeck and Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

"Data Protection Laws, An Ocean Apart," coverage in the New York Times, February 2, 2013, featuring Adjunct Professor Marc Rotenberg.

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