EPIC has filed emergency Freedom of Information requests with the US and the EU for release of a secret agreement for the transfer of personal data across the Atlantic. A new framework was required by a recent decision of the European Court of Justice. But European and American consumer organizations say the "Privacy Shield" does not provide adequate protection for the transfer of personal data. EPIC stated, “The public has a right to know whether this agreement provides adequate legal protection.” EPIC previously obtained the secret EU-US Umbrella Agreement in FOIA litigation.
A federal court in Washington, DC ruled today that the Justice Department's explanation for withholding information about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was "manifestly insufficient." In EPIC v. Department of Justice, EPIC is seeking release of FISA surveillance reports routinely provided to Congress. The court ordered the government to submit the reports for review, and to provide specific reasons for withholding the material sought by EPIC. For almost 20 years, EPIC has made available information about FISC orders and surveillance reports. As EPIC explained to the court, release of these materials is of the "utmost importance to the public."