EPIC Sues DHS for Information on 'Internet Kill Switch'
EPIC has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the
Department of Homeland Security, following the agency's failure to
produce any documents about so-called "Emergency Wireless Protocols,"
(otherwise known as Standard Operating Procedure 303 or "SOP 303").
SOP 303 describes the process that DHS would follow in order to execute
a communications shutdown in the event of a national crisis. DHS has
stated publicly that under SOP 303 an agency component "will function
as the focal point for coordinating any actions leading up to and
following the termination of private wireless network connections, both
within a localized area, such as a tunnel or bridge, and within an
entire metropolitan area." In response to EPIC's initial FOIA request,
however, DHS wrote that it was "unable to locate or identify any
EPIC: FOIA Lawsuit against DHS re "SOP 303" (Feb. 27, 2013)
DHS: "2006-2007 NSTAC Issue Review" (2007)
EPIC: Initial FOIA Request to DHS re: SOP 303 (Jul. 10, 2012)
EPIC: Open Government