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Update: EFF Lawsuit Results in Release of More FISC Opinions

The government has released eleven secret court orders and opinions as a result of an EFF lawsuit seeking to make significant decisions by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) public. The documents, which you can read here, primarily deal with requests by U.S. intelligence agencies to access business...
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EFF Sues Justice Department to Shed Light On FBI’s Use of Best Buy Informants

Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department to obtain records about the FBI’s training and use of Best Buy Geek Squad employees to conduct warrantless searches of customers’ computers. The records request aims to shed light on how...

Congress Gives FOIA a Modest but Important Update For Its 50th Birthday: 2016 in Review

Year after year, federal agencies worked behind the scenes to thwart any attempt to reform the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In 2016, Congress finally came through and successfully amended the 50-year-old transparency statute with the goal of improving our ability to oversee our government. For FOIA’s golden anniversary...

Supreme Court Foils Transparency Advocates' Challenge to "Citizens-Only" Records Laws

In an opinion met by groans from open-government advocates across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court this week unanimously ruled that government transparency has its limits—and those limits can be a state’s boundaries and the citizens living within them. Open-records laws, most notably the Freedom of Information Act...

Secret Service Reopens Aaron Swartz Freedom of Information Act Requests

The U.S. Secret Service is reopening all Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests it had previously denied regarding the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz. The news was first broken via twitter by Truthout journalist Jason Leopold, who was one of the first reporters to request files from...

Sunshine Week: A Round-up of EFF's Year in Transparency

This week, EFF once again joins a coalition of national and local transparency and press organizations in celebrating Sunshine Week as a way to bring attention to the importance of public records and the need to remain vigilant despite government push-back. Forty-seven years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed...
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