Open Government

EPIC makes frequent use of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain information from the government about surveillance and privacy policy. Public disclosure of this information improves government oversight and accountability. It also helps ensure that the public is fully informed about the activities of government. EPIC routinely files lawsuits to force disclose of agency records that impact critical privacy interests.

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both. -- James Madison

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  • Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC): A research center at Syracuse University established in 1989 in order to obtain detailed information from federal agencies under the FOIA.
  • The FOIA Project: Operated by TRAC, a comprehensive repository of federal FOIA decisions. Updated daily.
  • The FOIA Ombudsman: A freedom of information blog from the National Archives Office of Government Information Services.

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