EPIC Sues For Govt. Data Collection Info

    Date15 Jan 2002
    CategoryPrivacy
    3083
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Privacy and civil liberties advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said that it asked a federal court Monday to order the release of records that detail the sale of personal information to law enforcement agencies. EPIC said in its complaint . . . Privacy and civil liberties advocacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) said that it asked a federal court Monday to order the release of records that detail the sale of personal information to law enforcement agencies. EPIC said in its complaint that the Justice and Treasury Departments both failed to respond to FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests that the group filed with the agencies.

    "Through the mining of public records and the purchase of credit reporting data, private sector companies are amassing troves of personal information on citizens for the government," said EPIC attorney Chris Hoofnagle in a statement. "Serious questions exist involving citizen access to profiles, their accuracy and the potential for misuse of personal information."

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