Electronic Privacy Information Center v. United States Dep't of Commerce
The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a lawsuit challenging the Commerce Department’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census without conducting and publishing Privacy Impact Assessments that analyze how citizenship data will be handled.
On June 28, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the plaintiffs lack standing and remanded the case to the district court to dismiss the case.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is suing the United States Department of Commerce under the Administrative Procedure Act to compel the Department to create and publish Privacy Impact Assessments required by the E-Government Act of 2002. The plaintiffs contend that the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau failed to conduct and publicly release a “legally sufficient” Privacy Impact Assessment for the “collection, processing, and storage” of personally identifiable citizenship data on the 2020 Census.
The plaintiffs are asking the court to enjoin the Commerce Department from including the citizenship question on the 2020 Census until the Department has published a “full and complete” Privacy Impact Assessment.
On January 18, the plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary injunction. On February 11, the court denied the plaintiffs' request to enjoin the Commerce Department from including the citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
On February 21, EPIC filed an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, asking the court to review the district court's decision to deny preliminary relief. Oral argument was heard on May 8, 2019.
On June 28, 2019, the appeals court held that the plaintiffs lack standing and remanded the case to the district court to dismiss the case
- Complaint (November 20, 2018)
- Motion for Preliminary Junction (January 18, 2019)
- Defendants' Memorandum in Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Junction (January 30, 2019)
- Reply in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Junction (February 5, 2019)
- Memorandum Opinion Denying Motion for Preliminary Injunction (February 8, 2019)
- Motion to Dismiss (March 11, 2019)
- Plaintiff's Opposition to Motion to Dismiss (April 1, 2019)
- Defendants' Reply in Further Support of Motion to Dismiss (April 11, 2019)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Case No. 19-5031)
- Notice of Appeal (February 21, 2019)
- Appellant's Motion to Expedite Briefing Schedule (February 21, 2019)
- Response to Appellant's Motion to Expedite Briefing Schedule (February 22, 2019)
- Brief for Appellant (March 1, 2019)
- Order Scheduling Oral Argument (March 12, 2019)
- Brief for Appellees (April 1, 2019)
- Reply Brief for Appellant (April 9, 2019)
- Letter re: Updated Privacy Impact Assessment (May 3, 2019)
- Opinion (June 28, 2019)