A federal court in Washington, DC ruled today that the DEA’s explanation for withholding from EPIC certain information about "Hemisphere," a massive telephone record collection program, was legally insufficient. The Court ordered the DEA to release the information requested to EPIC or provide specific reasons for the withholding. EPIC filed the FOIA lawsuit after press reports about Hemisphere, which is broader in scope than the NSA’s bulk data program. DEA continues to keep secret the names of the companies involved and the federal agencies given access to the telephone records of American consumers.
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