Marc Rotenberg

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Marc Rotenberg
Marc Rotenberg photo, August 2012.png
Born April 20, 1960
Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality USA
Education Harvard College;
Stanford Law School;
Georgetown University Law Center
Occupation President, Electronic Privacy Information Center; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Known for Privacy advocacy, Internet law, chess

Marc Rotenberg is President and Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC.[1] [2] He teaches Information Privacy Law and Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws at Georgetown University Law Center, and testifies frequently before Congress on emerging privacy and civil liberties issues. He is a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV, CNN, C-SPAN, MSNBC, FoxNews, and National Public Radio, and contributes to The Economist, The New York Times, and USA Today.

On behalf of EPIC, Rotenberg has filed many successful consumer privacy complaints with the US Federal Trade Commission, concerning Snapchat (faulty privacy technology), WhatsApp (privacy policy after acquisition by Facebook), Facebook (changes in user privacy settings), Google (roll-out of Google Buzz), Microsoft (Hailstorm log-in), and Choicepoint (sale of personal information to identity thieves). He testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism." He and EPIC have also prevailed in significant Freedom of Information Act cases against the CIA, the DHS, the Dept. of Education, the FBI, the NSA, the ODNI, and the TSA. He has authored many "friend of the court" briefs on law and technology, and has litigated important administrative law cases, including EPIC v. DHS, 653 F.3d 1 (D.C. Cir. 2011), which established the right of air travelers to opt-out of airport body scanners and required the TSA to take public comments on the program. On behalf of EPIC, he challenged the NSA's domestic surveillance program in a petition to the US Supreme Court. In re EPIC, 13-58, filed July 7, 2013.[3]

Rotenberg has served on several national and international advisory panels, including the expert panels on Cryptography Policy and Computer Security for the OECD, the Legal Experts on Cyberspace Law for UNESCO, and the Countering Spam program of the ITU. He chairs the ABA Committee on Privacy and Information Protection. He is a former Chair of the Public Interest Registry, which manages the .ORG domain. In 2010, he was named the North America representative to the At-Large Advisory Committee of ICANN.[4]

Marc has helped establish several organizations that promote public understanding of computer technology and encourage civil society participation in decisions concerning the future of the Internet. These include the Public Interest Computer Association (1983),[5] the Public Voice Coalition (1996), the Public Interest Registry (2003), and the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council to the OECD (2009).

Marc Rotenberg is editor of Privacy and Human Rights: An International Survey of Privacy Laws and Developments (EPIC 2006), Privacy Law Sourcebook: United States Law, International Law, and Recent Developments (EPIC 2004), Under the Federal Open Government Laws (EPIC 2010), and co-editor of Privacy Law (Aspen Publishing 2007) and "Privacy and Technology: The New Frontier" (MIT Press 1999).

Marc Rotenberg is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, and received an Ll.M. in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center. He served as Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and the recipient of several awards including the World Technology Award in Law, the Norbert Wiener Award for Social and Professional Responsibility, the American Lawyer Top Lawyers Under 45, and the Vicennial Medal (2012) from Georgetown University. He was included in the "Lawdragon 500" in 2013, a listing of the leading lawyers in America. A tournament chess player, Rotenberg is a three-time Washington, DC Chess Champion (2007, 2008, 2010) and works to promote chess in the DC public schools in cooperation with the US Chess Center, the recipient of the 2012 USCF National Scholastic Service Award.

Marc Rotenberg grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. His brother Jonathan founded the Boston Computer Society at age 13.

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