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Groups Urge White House to End Bulk Telephony Metadata Program

Twenty-six groups joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) to urge President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to not renew the Section 215 Bulk Telephony Metadata Program.

Stand with POGO to Protect VA Whistleblowers

Sign the petition today to urge the Veterans Affairs Inspector General (IG) to drop its demand that the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) turn over the names of VA whistleblowers.

CREW Calls for Congressional Investigation of Federal Record-Keeping

Deficient record keeping laws are an impediment to congressional oversight, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said in a letter to Congress last week.

Sunlight Simplifies Communications with Congress

The Sunlight Foundation expanded its OpenCongress tool to break down more barriers between the public and their representatives. Many Members of Congress wall off their web contact forms by requiring users to fill out zip code requirements and to decipher captchas. Now, direct emails are available through legislators’ OpenCongress pages. Learn more here.

Partners Fight Agencies on FOIA Fees

Cause of Action and the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) are fighting against the denial of fee waivers for documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act. The Federal Trade Commission denied Cause of Action’s request to waive the fee for processing documents related to the agency’s social media and blogger advertising policies.

CNSS Makes First Push Against Surveillance in FISA Court

The Center for National Security Studies (CNSS) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in April, challenging the constitutionality of bulk data collection. CNSS’ amicus is the first time a formal challenge by a non-government entity has been permitted in the FISA Court.

EFF Nominates DOJ for Egregious Secrecy Award

The Investigative Reporters and Editors will soon announce the recipient of the Golden Padlock Award, which “honors” the “most secretive publicly-funded agency or person” in the US.

Public Citizen and Allies Win Fight to Reveal “Company Doe”

“Company Doe” sued the Consumer Product Safety Commission in October 2011 to block the agency from posting a complaint about one of its products in the public complaint database. The case was conducted in secret, and the court ruling kept the complaint from being posted publicly. Public Citizen partnered with the Consumer Federation of America and Consumers Union sued to unmask the company and open up the court proceedings.

Groups Call for NIST to Strengthen Cryptography Standards—Transparently

In September 2013, The Guardian, New York Times, and ProPublica jointly revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) had exerted its influence to weaken the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) cryptographic standards.

The Classified Section

Check out our new blog, The Classified Section, for analysis of national security secrecy.

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