Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Capt. J. Thomas Martin and The Virginia Department of State Police

Complaint for Injunctive Relief


EPIC Seeks Documents About Federal Role in Effort to Limit Accountability of State "Fusion Centers". EPIC filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Virginia State Police. EPIC's request sought documents about a plan that would shroud the Virginia Fusion Center, a database that collects detailed information on ordinary citizens, in secrecy. The Virginia legislature is considering a bill that would limit Virginia's open government and privacy statutes, as well as Virginia's common law right of privacy, for Virginia agencies connected to the Fusion Center. Press Groups have criticized the proposed law, and warned that, if passed, Virginia citizens can "say hello to Big Brother." EPIC's FOIA request focuses on the possible role of the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Homeland Security in the development of the Virginia legislation. EPIC has now filed this complaint to compel the production of the documents sought under FOIA.

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Reference Info:Pleadings | Federal, 4th Circuit, Virginia | United States

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