The Electronic Privacy Information Center was handed two legal victories Tuesday involving public access to the FBI's record-keeping systems and their impact on privacy, POLITICO reports. EPIC originally filed the Freedom of Information Act requests in 2014 seeking the FBI's privacy impact assessments and privacy threshold analyses of its databases containing personal information. The agency handed EPIC approximately 2,200 pages of "heavily" redacted pages on grounds they involved sensitive investigatory data. But in an "unusual" ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta said the FBI failed to demonstrate the redacted information met a threshold test for exemption. The legal victory for EPIC, however, may be short-lived, as Mehta will give the agency and Justice Department attorneys another chance to defend the redactions.
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