Advocate Sues DHS Under FOI Act
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.December 23, 2011
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting all government communications relating to its online tracking program, reports NextGov. In February, DHS officials expanded a program to follow online forums, social networking sites and message boards and share information with outside contractors "when there could potentially be a risk of harm to an individual," said DHS officials. EPIC filed its lawsuit after the hacker group Anonymous exposed planning e-mails between HBGary and the DHS describing "project proposals for a private firm to monitor and discredit the online activities of Americans," the report states.