Freedom of Information Act

  • Here Comes the Sun(shine Week): Celebrating Some EPIC Open Government Wins

    In celebration of Sunshine Week, EPIC is highlighting some open government successes from the past year.

    • Access to Information

    • AI Policy

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Democracy & Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information Act

    • Government AI Use

    • Government Databases

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Open Government

    • Privacy Impact Assessments

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Analysis

  • DHS Releases Data Mining Report After EPIC FOIA Request

    DHS publicly released the 2021 Data Mining Report after EPIC submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in June 2023 seeking the “2020 DHS Data Mining Report and all subsequent DHS data mining reports.”

    • Freedom of Information Act

    • Government Databases

    • Open Government

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • New EPIC Report Delves into State AI Procurement

    Across the country, state and local agencies are outsourcing important government decisions to private companies and their AI tools—all without meaningful public input or oversight.

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Consumer Privacy

    • Data Brokers

    • Freedom of Information Act

    • Government AI Use

    • Open Government

    • Updates

  • Reason: Intelligence Services Evade 4th Amendment by Paying for Your Data

    • FISA Section 702

    • Freedom of Information Act

    • Intelligence Surveillance

    • Open Government

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • News

  • EPIC Cautions OSTP on Data Transfers, Urges Differential Privacy

    On March 30, EPIC submitted comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recommending several resources that might assist OSTP in fulfilling the aims of the "Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety" Executive Order.

    • Access to Information

    • AI in the Criminal Justice System

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Democracy & Free Speech

    • Fourth Amendment

    • Freedom of Information Act

    • Government Databases

    • Open Government

    • Privacy & Racial Justice

    • Privacy in Public

    • Privacy Laws

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • Updates

  • Comments of EPIC to OSTP on Criminal Justice Statistics Request for Information

    EPIC's comments to OSTP in the form of a reading list of relevant work by EPIC and other organizations describing how law enforcement agencies regularly violate open records law, eschew transparency, and misuse data and statistics in ways that perpetuate harm

    • AI in the Criminal Justice System

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Democracy & Free Speech

    • Fourth Amendment

    • Freedom of Information Act

    • Government Databases

    • Open Government

    • Privacy & Racial Justice

    • Privacy Laws

    • Surveillance Oversight

    • APA Comments

  • Celebrating Sunshine Week with Some EPIC Open Government Wins

    On Freedom of Information Day, which coincides with Sunshine Week and James Madison's birthday, EPIC is highlighting some open government wins from the past year.

    • Access to Information

    • Democracy & Free Speech

    • Freedom of Information Act

    • Open Government

    • Analysis

  • Public Benefits, Private Vendors: How Private Companies Help Run our Welfare Programs

    If you’ve been following EPIC’s work on the algorithms used in public benefits programs, you may have caught something unusual: although we talk about public welfare programs, most of the systems we’ve uncovered are developed by private companies. That isn’t a coincidence. While a few state agencies have developed their own technical systems for public benefits programs, a large and growing number of states have chosen to outsource the technological systems undergirding public benefits programs to private vendors who promise accuracy, efficiency, and cost-savings. In reality, EPIC’s research suggests the opposite: many vendor systems are costly, prone to bias and error, and developed without considering agencies’ unique needs.

    • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    • Freedom of Information Act

    • Government AI Use

    • Open Government

    • Screening & Scoring

    • Analysis