EPIC Urges California Supreme Court to Protect Open Records Law

EPIC has urged the California Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that blocked public release of records about "automated license plate readers" operated by the state police. The lower court held that information about the public surveillance system was an “investigative record” under California law. EPIC’s amicus brief stated, "Public scrutiny is essential to counter the unique threats posed by these programs of broad-scale surveillance." EPIC had obtained documents about the FBI’s license plate reader program under the FOI law. Those records revealed that the FBI failed to address the system's privacy implications.


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