EPIC FOIA: EPIC Obtains CBP Drone Operations and Privacy Directive

Through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, EPIC obtained Customs and Border Protection’s directive on Unmanned Aircraft System Operations and Privacy. The directive allows the agency to disseminate information collected through drone operations with federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign law enforcement agencies. EPIC’s FOIA…

Freedom Hosting Owner Loses Yet Another Appeal

The alleged owner of Freedom Hosting, Eric Eoin Marques, lost his appeal aimed at throwing a wrench in his extradition to the United States where he faces numerous “child pornography” charges. The Gardaí arrested the Dublin man in 2014 after the United States Federal Bureau…

Competition, Civil Liberties, and the Internet Giants

The power of the Internet historically arose from its edges: innovation, growth, and freedom came from its users and their contributions, rather than from some centrally controlled core of overseers. But today, for an increasing number of users, there is a powerful center to the…

In EPIC FOIA Case, FTC Releases New Information from Facebook Audits

In response to an EPIC Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the Federal Trade Commission today released materials, previously withheld, from the biennial Facebook audits. The audits were required by the FTC’s 2011 Consent Order with Facebook. Heavily redacted versions of those audits were previously available…

D.C. Circuit Sets Date for Argument in EPIC v. IRS, FOIA Case for Trump’s Tax Returns

The D.C. Circuit has scheduled oral argument in EPIC v. IRS, EPIC’s Freedom of Information Act case to obtain public release of President Trump’s tax returns. The Court will hear the case on Thursday, September 13, 2018. EPIC has argued that the IRS has the…

Sec. Dunlap, Sec. Padilla, Dr. Neumann and Dr. Perrin Receive EPIC Awards

At the National Press Club in Washington, DC, EPIC presented the 2018 Champions of Freedom Awards to Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and California Secretary of State Alex Padilla for their defense of the privacy of state voter records. Secretary Dunlap and Secretary Padilla…

EPIC Sues to Obtain Privacy Impact Assessment for DHS Journalist Database

EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain a Privacy Impact Assessment for “Media Monitoring Services,” a controversial new database proposed by the Department of Homeland Security. In April, the DHS announced a system to track journalists and “media influencers” and to…

EPIC FOIA: DHS Collaborated With Presidential Election Commission on Voter Data Collection

EPIC has obtained records under the Freedom of Information Act showing that the Department of Homeland Security communicated frequently with the Presidential Election Commission after EPIC filed a lawsuit to block the Commission’s efforts to obtain state voter data. The documents show that DHS officials…