In January 2019, in support of the ACLU of Massachusetts’ Press Pause on Face Surveillance campaign, the ACLU of Massachusetts and the National ACLU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to learn about how these agencies use face surveillance and other remote biometric surveillance technologies. The request also seeks information about the FBI and DEA’s relationships with private corporations that manufacture and sell remote biometric surveillance tools.

In October 2019, the ACLU of Massachusetts and the National ACLU filed suit to force the government to disclose the records. As of June 2020, that lawsuit is ongoing. Please check back periodically; we will update this page with new records over the coming months.

Request Submitted To DEA and FBI
Category Surveillance
Year Filed 2019
Number of Documents Received Ongoing production

Responsive Documents

# File Name Description File Type File Size
1 20-00004-L emails Emails PDF 17 MB
2 20-00004-L-Consult emails Emails