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…

After More Than a Decade of Litigation, the Dancing Baby Has Done His Part to Strengthen Fair Use for Everyone

Litigation can always take twists and turns, but when EFF filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group in 2007 on behalf of Stephanie Lenz, few would have anticipated it would be ten years until the case was finally resolved. But today, at last, it is….

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…

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…

After EPIC Obtains FBI Victim Notification Procedures, Court Rules for Bureau

After EPIC obtained the FBI cyberattack victim notification procedures in Freedom of Information Act lawsuit EPIC v. FBI, a D.C. federal court has ruled that the agency may withhold remaining records explaining FBI’s response to the Russian interference in the 2016 election. EPIC had argued…

Victory For The First Amendment: Court Rules That Government Officials Who Tweet to the Public Can’t Block Users Who They Disagree With

Lawsuit Against President Trump Brought by Twitter Users He Blocked New York, New York—President Donald Trump’s blocking of people on Twitter because they criticize him violates the First Amendment, a federal judge in New York ruled today in a resounding victory for freedom of speech…

Hearing Monday: EFF Asks Appeals Court To Rule Copyright Can’t Be Used To Control the Public’s Access to Our Laws

Industry Groups’ Lawsuit Threatens Public.Resource.org’s Online Archives of Laws Washington, D.C.-On Monday, May 14, at 9:30 am, EFF Legal Director Corynne McSherry will argue in court that the public has a right to access, copy, and share the law—and industry groups that helped develop certain…

EPIC Sues FTC for Release of Facebook’s Audits

EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain the release of the unredacted Facebook Assessments from the FTC. The FTC Consent Order. required Facebook to provide to the FTC biennial assessments conducted by an independent auditor. In March, EPIC filed a Freedom…

Tax Day: EPIC Files Second Lawsuit to Obtain Trump Tax Records

EPIC has filed a second Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain President Trump’s tax records. EPIC is seeking information about IRS settlements involving the President and his businesses—information which the agency is required to disclose to the public upon request. The IRS agreed to…

EPIC Sues ICE Over Technology Used to Conduct Warrantless Searches of Mobile Devices

EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement for details of the agency’s use of mobile forensic technology to conduct warrantless searches of mobile devices. ICE has contracts with a company called Cellebrite for techniques to unlock, decrypt, and…