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), an independent, public interest research center in Washington, DC.[1][2] He teaches Information Privacy Law and Open Government Law at Georgetown University Law Center, studies emerging privacy and civil liberties issues, testifies before Congress, and speaks at judicial conferences. He testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism." Marc is a 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.[3]

EPIC is involved with wide range of civil liberties, consumer protection, and human rights issues. EPIC has pursued several 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). EPIC has 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.[4] EPIC has also filed many "friend of the court" briefs on law and technology, including Riley v. California (U.S. 2014)(concerning cell phone privacy), and litigated important privacy cases, including EPIC v. DHS (D.C. Cir. 2011), which led to the removal of the x-ray body scanners in US airports, and EPIC v. NSA (D.C. Cir. 2014), which led to the release of the NSA's formerly secret cybersecurity authority. EPIC also challenged the NSA's domestic surveillance program in a petition to the US Supreme Court. In re EPIC, (U.S. 2013) after the release of the "Verizon Order" in June 2013.[5]

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 is currently on a panel for the National Academies of Sciences, exploring big data and privacy. He is a former Chair of the ABA Committee on Privacy and Information Protection and a founding board member and former Chair of the Public Interest Registry, which established and manages the .ORG domain.

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),[6] the Conference on Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (1991),[7] the Public Voice Coalition (1996), the Public Interest Registry (2003), and the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council to the OECD (2009).[8]

Marc Rotenberg is coauthor, with Professor Anita L. Allen, of Privacy Law and Society (West 2016),[9] a leading casebook on privacy law, and co-editor of Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions (The New Press 2015), a collection of articles on the future of privacy.[10] Other books include 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), Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws (EPIC 2010), Information Privacy Law (Aspen Publishing 2007) and "Privacy and Technology: The New Frontier" (MIT Press 1999). Marc has also published scholarly articles in legal and technical journals, including Communications of the ACM, Computers & Society, the Duke Law Journal, the Indiana Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the Harvard International Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Stanford Technology Law Review.

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 Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the recipient of several awards including 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 2013-2014, 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.

Marc Rotenberg grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. His brother Jonathan Rotenberg founded the Boston Computer Society at age 13. Marc is married to Anna Markopoulos Rotenberg, an ESL teacher in the District of Columbia Public School.

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