EPIC Calls on Senate Leaders to Postpone Vote on Kavanaugh Pending Release of White House Emails on Surveillance Programs

Following the release of new information to EPIC in a FOIA lawsuit against the National Archives, EPIC has asked Senator McConnell and Senator Schumer to postpone a vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The documents obtained in EPIC v. NARA reveal that Judge…

EPIC Opposes OMB FOIA Regs that Block Access to Public Information

In comments to the Office of Management and Budget, EPIC opposed changes to FOIA regulations that would create obstacles to those seeking access to public information. EPIC urged the agency to remove changes that would delay FOIA requests, increase request costs, and reduce agency accountability….

EPIC FOIA Docs Show FBI and CBP Accessed “Hemisphere” Records

The Drug Enforcement Agency has released to EPIC a new FOIA production about the AT&T “Hemisphere” program. Hemisphere is a massive call records database made available to government agents by the nation’s largest telecommunication company. AT&T discloses to the government billions of detailed customer phone…

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

EPIC v. NSD FBI FISA foia surveillance EPIC v. NSD: EPIC Obtains Secret Report on “Backdoor Searches,” FBI’s Failure to Follow Procedures As the result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit EPIC v. NSD, EPIC has obtained a report from the Department of Justice…

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…