EPIC Sues Justices Dept. for Reports on Cell Phone Tracking

EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice for the release of reports on the collection and use of cell site location information. Modern cell phones generate precise location records, known as “cell site location information,” that was often…

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…

EPIC, Coalition Call for Investigation into FBI’s Inflated Encryption Statistic

EPIC and a coalition of twenty organizations called for the Department of Justice Inspector General to investigate the FBI’s “grossly inflated” statistic of encrypted devices inaccessible to law enforcement in 2017. The Washington Post reported that the FBI repeatedly stated it was locked out of…

All California Kids Deserve Internet Access—Including Youth in Detention and Foster Care

  A 2014 report by the National Institute of Justice, part of the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, highlighted the counterproductive nature of punitive policies in the juvenile justice system. They simply don’t work. It would be more effective to…

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…

European Court of Justice Receives Key Questions on Future of EU-US Personal Data Transfers

The Irish High Court has sent eleven questions to the European Court of Justice for review in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook. The case considers whether Facebook’s transfers of data from Ireland to the United States violate the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. The case…

The New Frontier of E-Carceration: Trading Physical for Virtual Prisons

Criminal justice advocates have been working hard to abolish cash bail schemes and dismantle the prison industrial complex. And one of the many tools touted as an alternative to incarceration is electronic monitoring or “EM”: a form of digital incarceration, often using a wrist bracelet…

Operation Shadow Web Carding Forum Investigation Results in 36 Arrests

The United States Department of Justice recently announced that 36 individuals involved with a carding forum known as Infraud were charged as the result of an international law enforcement investigation called Operation Shadow Web. Law enforcement agencies in the United States which were part of…

European Court of Justice Grants Standing to Privacy Advocate But Bars Class Action under Austrian Law

EU Law Facebook Schrems European Court of Justice Grants Standing to Privacy Advocate But Bars Class Action under Austrian Law The Court of Justice of the European Union, following an advisory opinion, has determined that Max Schrem’s class action in Austria cannot proceed against Facebook,…

U.S. says hacker to plead guilty for role in 2016 cyber attacks

(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice has caught one of the people involved in creating the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court papers. Paras Jha has agreed to…