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DCS-3000 and Red Hook

In this Freedom of Information Act lawsuit the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) seeks information about two electronic surveillance systems developed by the FBI: DCS-3000 and Red Hook. Little is publicly known about these spying tools. DCS-3000 was developed in the wake of "Carnivore" or DCS-1000 a controversial surveillance system the...

DCS-5000 "Redwolf"

In October 2006 after receiving an anonymous tip EFF filed a FOIA request for information related to the FBI's DCS-5000 or "Redwolf " surveillance system. The FOIA request sought information related to the use and abuse of the FBI's DCS-5000 surveillance capabilities. When the request was filed Redwolf was the...

DHS Passenger Data

EFF filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security for information about a temporary agreement on the handling of air passenger data from flights between the European Union and the United States.

Digitization Agreements

In 2007 EFF requested copies of contracts for document digitization services between eight federal agencies and Google or other technology companies. Over the next year the agencies released a number of contracts with Google and other technology firms. We are expecting further releases from NASA and the USDA.

DOJ and Google

EFF has filed suit against the Department of Justice demanding information about communications between the agency's former top privacy official and Google the official's current employer.

DOJ's Investigative Data Warehouse

This Freedom of Information Act case seeks disclosure of FBI records concerning the scope and privacy impact of the Bureau’s Investigative Data Warehouse (“IDW”) a huge database that contains hundreds of millions of records containing personal information. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 the FBI began development of...

Endpoint Surveillance Tools (CIPAV)

In 2007 after Wired reported on evidence that the FBI was able to use “secret spyware” to track the source of e-mailed bomb threats against a Washington state high school EFF submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for information on the technology. The documents we received discuss endpoint surveillance...

Expanding CALEA and Electronic Surveillance Laws

EFF filed suit against three agencies of the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding records about problems or limitations that hamper electronic surveillance and potentially justify or undermine the Administration's new calls for expanded surveillance powers.

FBI's Domestic Investigative Operational Guidelines

EFF filed suit against the Department of Justice in June of 2009 demanding the public release of the surveillance guidelines that govern investigations of Americans by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI's Domestic Investigative Operational Guidelines went into effect in December of 2008 and detail the Bureau's procedures...

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Orders

On January 17 2007 the Bush Administration announced that it had let the shadowy Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) review the NSA's domestic spying program which was previously operated without any judicial authorization whatsoever. This Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case seeks disclosure of the FISC's secret orders. While claiming...

Intelligence Agencies' Misconduct Reports

EFF filed suit against the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a half-dozen other federal agencies involved in intelligence gathering, demanding the immediate release of reports about potential misconduct. These agencies are required to submit periodic reports of "any intelligence activities of their organizations that they have reason to believe may...

National Security Letters (NSLs)

The investigative technique known as National Security Letters (NSLs) was greatly expanded under the USA PATRIOT Act, allowing the FBI to obtain telephone, Internet, financial, credit, and other personal records of anyone associated with an authorized terrorism or espionage investigation. These orders, issued without a court's approval, come with a...

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