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Government Documents Show FBI Cleared Filmmaker Laura Poitras After Six-Year Fishing Expedition

The government recently revealed for the first time that federal agents maintained an open investigation of our client, Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, for six years despite never finding any evidence that she committed a crime or was a threat to national security. Coming up empty handed after...

Proposal to Restrict Technical Assistance Demands Before Secret Surveillance Court Raises More Questions About Section 702

As we detailed yesterday, a bill introduced this week by Sens. Ron Wyden and Rand Paul would represent the most comprehensive reform so far of Section 702, the law that authorizes the government to engage in mass warrantless surveillance of the Internet. EFF supports the bill, known as the...

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...

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