Social media monitoring poses new threats to privacy, freedom of expression, and the public’s right to know

OpenTheGovernment has joined a coalition of government accountability, privacy, and civil liberties organizations expressing concern over the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposal to collect and store social media information   Read Full


CIA must not be given broad discretion to destroy its historical records

OpenTheGovernment is joining calls to halt the CIA’s proposal to destroy records it considers historically “insignificant.” The CIA’s proposal, submitted to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) last month,   Read Full


OTG, openness groups, urge FOIA Ombudsman to revise strict confidentiality requirements

Today, OTG and 11 endorsing organizations provided comments to the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) on its proposed rule on the implementing guidance and procedures for OGIS’s FOIA dispute   Read Full


OTG, openness groups, urge no barriers to “Release to All” FOIA policy

Today, OTG and 5 endorsing organizations provided comment to the Justice Department on its “Release to One, Release to All” draft FOIA policy guidance developed by the Office of Information   Read Full


Coalition Opposes FBI Proposal to Weaken Privacy Protections for Insider Threat Program Records

Today, OpenTheGovernment.org and ten other organizations committee to openness, privacy, and free speech submitted comments to the Department of Justice on the FBI’s proposal to exempt its new records system,   Read Full


Coalition comments urge adherence to requirement of Deaths in Custody Reporting Act and greater accountability in DOJ proposed implementation guidance

Today, OpenTheGovernment.org submitted comments — endorsed by civil rights, human rights, immigrant rights, privacy and transparency organizations — to the Department of Justice about the proposed implementation of the Deaths In Custody   Read Full


Coalition: DOJ’s proposed implementation of Deaths In Custody Reporting Act does not meet the law’s requirements

Today, OpenTheGovernment.org joined a coalition of criminal justice, civil rights, human rights, faith-based, immigrant rights, LGBTQ, and open government organizations in expressing concern over the Justice Department’s proposed implementation of   Read Full


Coalition submits comments opposing FBI proposal to exempt controversial biometrics database from Privacy Act protections

Today, OpenTheGovernment.org submitted comments — endorsed by civil rights, human rights, immigrant rights, privacy and transparency organizations — to the Department of Justice about proposed Privacy Act exemptions to the FBI’s biometrics database   Read Full