FBI Releases ‘Cell Phone Tracking for Dummies,’ Plus 4,999 [Redacted] Documents

The FBI has just released more than 5,000 pages of documents regarding its highly controversial "Stingray" cell phone location tracker, a device so secretive that the agency has forced local law enforcement to drop criminal cases rather than risk disclosing details about it at trial. But don't expect to open these documents with the intent of understanding, well, anything about how the FBI uses them—nearly everything is redacted.


District 86 shows several people security tape kept from the public

For more than six weeks, the encounter between a Hinsdale High School District 86 Board member and a Hinsdale South High School student has generated a lot of controversy and comments at board meetings.

The district has a recording of the March 12 incident, made by a security camera outside Hinsdale South, but it has not released it to the public or the press.


Questions Linger Over Immigration Agencies’ FOIA Response

A Louisiana federal judge declined to say Monday that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and other government agencies skirted their obligations after an immigration lawyer’s Freedom of Information Act request, but said some questions remained unanswered.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Wilkinson Jr. recommended denial of two motions for summary judgement in a suit filed by Michael W. Gahagan, an attorney at The Immigration Law Firm of New Orleans.


Federal agencies fail freedom of information test by Syracuse University

When it comes to providing information to the public, 14 out of 21 U.S. government agencies receive poor marks for responding to records requests, according to a study published online Friday by researchers at Syracuse University.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at SU asked for copies of the electronic files the federal agencies use to keep track of requests under the federal Freedom of Information Act.


Open government group urges Delaware Governer Markell to respond to FOIA requests for “secret” emails

The head of a local open government group called on Governor Markell to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests for information about a "secret" state email account.

Delaware Coalition for Open Government president John Flaherty told WDEL News the Freedom of Information Act itself requires transparency on the part of elected officials conducting government business.