A federal court has issued an opinion in EPIC v. ODNI, EPIC's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Office of the Director of National Intelligence concerning possible violations of the Privacy Act. As a result of filing the lawsuit, EPIC obtained seven documents that ODNI had previously withheld from the public. The documents concerned ODNI's consolidation of databases containing detailed personal information on US persons. EPIC also challenged ODNI's withholding of 21 additional documents describing how the agency "retrieves and safeguards information from other federal agencies." The Court considered EPIC's further challenge, ordering ODNI to submit the documents to the court for review. The Court ultimately agreed with the agency that those additional documents were properly withheld. For more information, see: EPIC: EPIC v. ODNI.
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Jerry Kang and Alan Butler