Noting that its lawsuit prompted a 700-page release on the use of drones by Customs and Border Patrol, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said it deserves $84,000 in attorneys’ fees.

The privacy-defending nonprofit sued the Department of Homeland Security in 2012 for information on, among other things, the policies that the department and its Border Patrol component had in place for domestic surveillance by unmanned aircraft.

Litigation freed up three years of redacted “daily reports” that revealed the department had arranged more than 500 flights for dozens of law-enforcement organizations, and that more than a fifth of these flights helped Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said.

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