EPIC Prevails in FOIA Lawsuit for Government Privacy Assessments

EPIC has prevailed in EPIC v. DEA, a case involving a Freedom of Information Act request for privacy assessments the federal agency is required by law to perform. EPIC sued the Drug Enforcement Agency after the agency failed to respond to EPIC’s FOIA request. EPIC subsequently challenged the adequacy of the agency’s search. Today, the federal judge concluded that although the initial search was adequate, “EPIC has raised a substantial doubt as to the sufficiency of the DEA’s supplemental search.” The Court ordered the agency to conduct an additional search or explain why an updated search is not likely to produce additional records. EPIC pursued the DEA FOIA case after the disclosure of “Hemisphere,” perhaps the largest telephone record collection program in the world.


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