• The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the National Security Agency (NSA) alleging that it has violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The lawsuit demands that the NSA produce documents related to its “Information Awareness” partnership with Google. EPIC had submitted a FOIA request to the NSA in February 2010 after seeing reports that the agency partnered with Google to coordinate a response to the cyberattack in China. EPIC has stated that it filed the lawsuit because NSA failed to meet the FOIA deadline for responding to EPIC’s appeal of the refusal to produce the requested materials. Electronic Privacy Information Center v. National Security Agency, No. 1:10 cv-01533-RJL (D.D.C. Sept. 13, 2010).
  • The ACLU of Northern California and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have written an open letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Employment and Human Services Department of Contra Costa County, California raising privacy and safety questions about a federal program to track preschoolers with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips at a Head Start program near San Francisco. The groups want to know what measures are being used to protect the privacy and safety of the preschoolers. They also want to know what data is being collected, how long it is being retained, and who has access to it. And they said parents should be informed of the tracking and have a chance to opt out of it. “Public schools should not be chipping students now and asking questions about privacy and safety later,” said Nicole Ozer, the Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director for the ACLU of Northern California.