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EFF Launches New Search Tool for Uncovered Government Docs

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched a new search tool that the organization says allows the public to closely examine thousands of pages of government documents not previously available. The documents relate to a wide range of technology issues and government policies that affect civil liberties and personal privacy. EFF's document collection-obtained through requests and litigation under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)-covers some controversial government initiatives, including the FBI's Investigative Data Warehouse and DCS 3000 surveillance program and the Department of Homeland Security's Automated Targeting System and ADVISE data-mining project. The new search tool is now live, in beta form (www.eff.org/issues/foia/search).

"Until recently, documents obtained under FOIA often gathered dust in filing cabinets," said David Sobel, EFF senior counsel and director of the organization's FOIA Litigation for Accountable Government (FLAG) Project (www.eff.org/issues/foia). "We believe that government information should be widely available and easy to research, and our new search engine makes that a reality."

EFF launched the tool during national Sunshine Week, an annual, nonpartisan event that promotes government transparency. The celebration is particularly significant this year because it comes after 8 years of a presidential administration that was widely criticized for its secrecy and 2 months into a new administration that has promised "unprecedented" openness.

Source: EFF



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