Justice Department Releases 2018 FOIA Report

Today the Department of Justice released a summary and assessment of federal agencies’ Chief FOIA Officer Reports. The annual FOIA Report provides a detailed assessment of FOIA processing across the federal government. The summary tracks the Department’s FOIA Guidelines: Applying the Presumption of Openness, Having…

The FBI Supposedly Has 7,775 Un-hackable Phones. We’re Asking for Proof

EFF sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI and other Department of Justice agencies to get some straight answers about approximately 7,800 supposedly un-hackable cellphones. Law enforcement agencies say they have a problem–criminals all use encrypted devices, making those devices inaccessible…

EPIC FOIA: IRS Agrees to Fulfill EPIC’s Request for Trump Tax Records

The IRS acknowledged that it will fulfill EPIC’s FOIA request seeking certain tax records of President Trump and the President’s businesses. It marks the first time, to EPIC’s knowledge, that the IRS has agreed to process a third-party FOIA request for the President’s tax information….

EPIC Moves to Vacate Circuit Court Opinion Following End of Voting Commission

EPIC v Commission foia pacei voter privacy EPIC Moves to Vacate Circuit Court Opinion Following End of Voting Commission EPIC has asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to void last month’s ruling in which the Court refused to order the Presidential Election Commission to…

EPIC v. NSD: EPIC Obtains Secret Report on “Backdoor Searches,” FBI’s Failure to Follow Procedures

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EPIC Urges FBI to Limit Fingerprint-Based Background Checks

biometrics Comments foia NGI EPIC Urges FBI to Limit Fingerprint-Based Background Checks In response to a request for comments, EPIC has urged the FBI to expand its use of name-based — rather than fingerprint-based — background checks for noncriminal purposes, such as employment. The FBI…

EPIC Sues DHS about Election Commission and Transfer of Voter Data

EPIC v Commission foia pacei voter privacy voting EPIC Sues DHS about Election Commission and Transfer of Voter Data EPIC has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security for communications between the agency and the Presidential Commission on Elections regarding the transfer of…

EPIC – EPIC FOIA- EPIC Obtains DHS Secretary Interview Doc on Border Security

border drones foia surveillance EPIC FOIA- EPIC Obtains DHS Secretary Interview Doc on Border Security Through a Freedom of Information Act request, EPIC has obtained former Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly’s notes for an interview with NPR about border security. The notes include talking…