EPIC FOIA Cases

EPIC makes frequent use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain information from the government about surveillance and privacy policy. Public disclosure of this information improves government oversight and accountability. It also helps ensure that the public is fully informed about the activities of government. EPIC routinely files lawsuits to force disclose of agency records that impact critical privacy interests.

EPIC FOIA Cases

EPIC v. DOJ Case No. 16-1402
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Inspector General Reports

Seeking unpublished reports from the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General


EPIC v. DOT Case No. 16-634
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Drone Task Force Meeting

Seeking documents related to a secret Drone Task Force meeting


EPIC v. DOJ Case No. 15-1955
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | EU-US Umbrella Agreement

Seeking the EU-US Umbrella Agreement, a framework for transatlantic data transfers between the US and the EU. The proposed goal of the Agreement is to provide data protection safeguards for personal information transferred between the EU and the US.


EPIC v. USCG Case No. 15-1527
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Nationwide Automatic Identification System

Seeking records on the Nationwide Automatic Identification System, a massive maritime data collection program.


EPIC v. DEA Case No. 15-0667
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Privacy Impact Assessments

Seeking all privacy impact assessments created by the Drug Enforcement Agency that are not currently available on the agency's website, as well as other privacy related documents created since 2007.


EPIC v. DHS - FAST Program Case No. 1:15-cv-00289-CKK
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Fast Attribute Screening Technology (FAST)

Seeking records on a "Minority Report" style initiative that seeks to determine the probability that an individual, who is not suspected of any crime, might commit a future criminal act.


EPIC v. CIA Case No. 14-1645
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | CIA Congressional Spying

Seeking final reports of the CIA Inspector General regarding the CIA's involvement in the penetration of the Senate Intelligence Committee's computer network


EPIC v. DOD Case No. 14-1555
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | E-Voting Security Tests

Seeking penetration testing reports relating to the Department of Defense's e-voting program.


EPIC v. FBI Case No. 14-1311
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Privacy Impact Assessments

Seeking all privacy impact assessments created by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that are not currently available on the agency's website, as well as other privacy related documents created since 2007.


EPIC v. CBP Case No. 14-1217
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Analyticial Framework for Intelligence

Seeking records on a datamining program operated by Customs and Border Protection. This program would aggregate large amounts of personal data on individuals, regardless of suspicion or consent.


EPIC v. Army Case No. 14-0776
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Surveillance Blimps

Seeking technical records related to giant blimps that were deployed over the Washington, D.C. metro area.


EPIC v. DEA Case No. 14-0317
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Hemisphere

Seeking information about Hemisphere, a collaboration between the Drug Enforcement Agency and AT&T, and the largest telephone record monitoring program reported to date.


EPIC v. DOJ Case No. 13-1961
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Pen Register Oversight Reports

Seeking the reports that detail the NSA's collection of call record information from US companies, which the Justice Department has routinely prepared for Congress but never made available to the public.


EPIC v. DOJ Case No. 13-1848
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Office of Legal Counsel PRISM Memos

Seeking the legal analyses from the Office of Legal Counsel concerning the NSA PRISM program.


EPIC v. BBG Case No. 13-1362
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Tor Funding

Seeking documents related to the Broadcasting Board of Governor's surveillance of internet traffic traveling through The Onion Router (Tor).


EPIC v. FBI Case No. 13-0442
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Next Generation Identification

Seeking the FBI's technical specifications, contracts, and privacy impact assessments for the Next Generation Identification initiative, which involves the collection and use of biometrics, including facial recognition technology.


EPIC v. Department of Education Case No. 13-0345
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Private Debt Collector Privacy Act Compliance

Seeking records relating to the Department of Education's use of private debt collection.


EPIC v. DHS Case No. 13-0260, 14-5013
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit | Standard Operating Procedure 303

Seeking SOP 303, a secret policy that codifies a shutdown and restoration process for use by commercial and private wireless networks during national crises.


EPIC v. CIA Case No. 12-2053
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Domestic Surveillance

Seeking an Inspector General report concerning surveillance on muslims and persons of Arab descent by the NY police department in collaboration with the CIA.


EPIC v. ODNI Case No. 12-1282
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Revised Guidelines

Seeking documents related to the collection and integration of detailed personal information of US persons from databases at various levels of government.


EPIC v. FBI Case No. 12-0667
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Stingray/Cell Site Simulation

Seeking records related the use of a new tracking technology that records the location of cell phones even when the devices are not in use.


EPIC v. DHS Case No. 11-0945
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Defense Contractor Monitoring

Seeking records related to a DHS program involving the monitoring of Internet traffic of certain government contractors that may take place outside the statutory authority for electronic surveillance.


EPIC v. DOJ & FBI Case No. 12-0127
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Wikileaks Investigation

Seeking records about the government's investigations of Wikileaks supporters, including records obtained from Internet and financial services companies.


EPIC v. DHS Case No. 11-2261
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Social Media Monitoring

Seeking records about the monitoring of news organizations and social media services by the Department of Homeland Security.


EPIC v. DHS Case No. 22-0945
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Mobile Body Scanners

Seeking records about the possible expansion of the controversial airport body scanner program.


EPIC v. FTC Case No. 1:11-cv-00881
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Google Streetview Investigation

Seeking records on the FTC's investigation into Google Streetview


EPIC v. TSA Case No. 11-0290
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Body Scanner Modifications

Seeking records from the Department of Homeland Security regarding tests of airport body scanner radiation emissions and analyses of health risks, and the use of Automated Target Recognition software.


EPIC v. DHS Case No. 09-2084
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Body Scanner Radiation Risks

Seeking records from the Department of Homeland Security regarding tests of airport body scanner radiation emissions and analyses of health risks, and the use of Automated Target Recognition software.


EPIC v. NSA Case No. 10-1533, 11-5233
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit | Google Relationship

Seeking records about the NSA's arrangement with Google regarding cybersecurity, following news reports that the agency would assist the company in analyzing network traffic.


EPIC v. NSA Case No. 10-0196
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | National Security Presidential Directive 54 on Cybersecurity Authority

Seeking NPSD 54, a Presidential Directive that grants the National Security Agency broad authority to conduct surveillance of domestic communications.


EPIC v. DOJ Case No. 09-2394
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Body Scanners

Seeking records on the United States Marshals Service's use of full body scanners for courthouse security.


EPIC v. DHS Case No. 09-2084
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Body Scanners

Seeking records from the Department of Homeland Security that directly relate to the TSA body scanner program.


EPIC v. VSP Case No. 08-1357
District Court for Arlington County, Virginia | Fusion Centers

Seeking records that directly relate to alleged federal government involvement with a bill which exempts the Virginia Fusion Intelligence Center Virginia Fusion Center from Virginia privacy and government transparency laws.


EPIC v. FTC Case No. 08-0448
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Conflict of Interest

Seeking records for that directly relate to Chairman Majoras' conflict of interest in the Commission's Google-Doubleclick merger review.


EPIC v. DOJ Case No. 06-0096
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia | Warrantless Wiretapping

Seeking the legal memos justifying the warrantless wiretapping program of the Bush Administration


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