OK to Deny FOIA Request for Nonexistent Records via JD SUPRA

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The post OK to Deny FOIA Request for Nonexistent Records via JD SUPRA appeared first on IG GURU. FOIA IG News Information Governance information privacy Records Management Risk News Illinois Appellate Court Law Enforcement Nonexistent RecordsIn a recent decision, the Illinois Appellate Court held that the nonexistence of requested documents is an affirmative defense to a complaint grounded in the Freedom of Information Act.

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Supreme Court Clarifies Broad Interpretation of FOIA Exemption for Confidential Commercial Information

Data Matters

In a very significant FOIA decision for business, Food Mktg. Rather, so long as the commercial or financial information obtained by the government is “private” or “secret” – the plain and ordinary meaning of “confidential” – it may be withheld from disclosure under FOIA. In particular, it is possible that commercial information that is kept secret only because its disclosure might embarrass a company would now be protectable under FOIA. FOIA Litigation Policy Trade Secrets

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Preventing FOIA Disputes

Archives Blogs

In addition to providing services that help Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requesters and Federal agencies in resolving disputes, one of the goals of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) is to prevent FOIA disputes from arising in the first place.

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Improving the Administration of FOIA

Archives Blogs

Just last month the second term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee wrapped up its two years of work by unanimously approving its Final Report and Recommendations.

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Public still battling Office of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney for records via FOX45

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FOIA Record Retention Records Management Baltimore Fox45 Mosby Public RecordsInteresting article posted by FOX45 on journalists being asked for thousands of dollars for public records. The post Public still battling Office of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney for records via FOX45 appeared first on IG GURU.

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NSA Security Awareness Posters

Schneier on Security

From a FOIA request, over a hundred old NSA security awareness posters. foia nsa securityawareness securityeducationHere are the BBC's favorites. Here are Motherboard's favorites. I have a related personal story.

An Update on the FOIA Advisory Committee

Archives Blogs

On October 19, 2017 the FOIA Advisory Committee will meet in the William G. The three subcommittees will each present their ideas to the full Committee and the public for how to improve the administration of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and improve FOIA processes. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, gives welcoming remarks during the FOIA Advisory Committee Meeting at the National Archives in Washington, DC, on July 21, 2016.

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Cape Cod Municipality Turns Paperwork into Digital Records per The Sandwich Enterprise

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Business FOIA IG News Information Governance Records Management Scanning digitization permanent records SandwichMunicipalities in 2020 continue to focus on going digital and removing file cabinets. Check out the article here.

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The Consequences of Underfunded Records Management via IDM

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FOIA Information Governance Record Retention Records Management Australia IDM Survey

MER Publishes Conference Agenda

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MER Conference Agenda PDF. The post MER Publishes Conference Agenda appeared first on IG GURU.

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Police Surveillance Tools from Special Services Group

Schneier on Security

Motherboard received the brochure as part of a FOIA request to the Irvine Police Department in California. cameras eavesdropping foia police privacy surveillance

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Clearview AI has billions of our photos. Its entire client list was just stolen via CNN

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AI Breach Business Cloud Disaster Recovery FOIA information privacy information security Security Clearview AI Cyber Attack Data Breach Images RiskRead about this significant breach on images here. The post Clearview AI has billions of our photos. Its entire client list was just stolen via CNN appeared first on IG GURU.

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Judge fines Missouri agency $12K for violating public records law with ‘secret plan’ via The Kansas City Star

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FOIA IG News Record Retention Records Management Lawsuit Missouri DHSS Reclaim the Records Sunshine Law Vital Records“The legal battle started in February 2016 when Reclaim the Records, a California-based nonprofit organization of genealogists, historians, researchers and open records advocates, made a records request to DHSS for a listing of the state’s birth and death announcements. The group has made similar requests throughout the United States, Rhodes said.”

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Palantir's Surveillance Service for Law Enforcement

Schneier on Security

datacollection foia lawenforcement nsa police privacy surveillanceMotherboard got its hands on Palantir's Gotham user's manual, which is used by the police to get information on people: The Palantir user guide shows that police can start with almost no information about a person of interest and instantly know extremely intimate details about their lives.

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Professor Daniel J. Solove provides a valuable Newletter on Privacy + Security

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CCPA Compliance COPPA eDiscovery Featured FOIA FTC GDPR HIPAA IG News Information Governance information privacy information security Privacy Records Management Risk News Security Social MediaProfessor Solove’s newsletter provides updates about his scholarship, blog posts, conferences, and privacy and data security training materials. The newsletter is emailed once per week. The post Professor Daniel J. Solove provides a valuable Newletter on Privacy + Security appeared first on IG GURU.

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A million allegedly ‘deleted’ court records spark spat between university, government agency via El Paso Times

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Email FOIA IG News Information Destruction Information Governance information privacy Privacy Records Management Risk News El Paso Times Immigration TRACNearly 1 million U.S. immigration court records allegedly went missing in September, and the data crunchers at Syracuse University want to know why. The post A million allegedly ‘deleted’ court records spark spat between university, government agency via El Paso Times appeared first on IG GURU.

Atlanta unveils new policy to improve compliance with open records law via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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FOIA IG News Information Governance Records Management Atlanta RecordsEighteen months after the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News filed a formal Attorney General complaint alleging repeated violations of the state’s open records law, the city of Atlanta has a formal policy instructing employees and officials on how to respond to public records request.

3 Tips to Ensure Open Records Compliance

Gimmal

records management Content Governance Open Record laws FOIA Sunshine LawsThere has been a spotlight on the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) in the media lately, largely due to recent violations. Under KORA, any individual can request public records from government bodies. If all requested records are not provided within in a specific timeframe, these organizations are subject to significant repercussions. This is merely one example of a ‘ sunshine law ’.

UK Information Tribunal Rules Properly Anonymized Personal Data Can Be Disclosed Under FOIA

Hunton Privacy

The UK’s FOIA was introduced and applicable to most of the UK in 2000, with equivalent law following for Scotland in 2002. Under the law, a government authority is not required to provide information requested under FOIA if it is “personal data” and its disclosure would breach UK data privacy principles. Accordingly, anonymized data has retained its status as “personal data,” that is not subject to disclosure under the UK FOIA.

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MER 2019 – CALL FOR PRESENTERS

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MER Conference 2019 program is shaping up! Still time to join the speaking team!

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Resignation of Oregon public records advocate stirs doubts via Statesmen Journal

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FOIA IG News Records Management Risk News Ginger McCall Oregon Public Records Advocate ResignsAndrew Selsky, Associated Press Published 1:16 p.m. PT Sept. 13, 2019 Oregon Gov. Kate Brown came to office pledging greater government transparency, and in 2017 pushed the Legislature to create a first-ever public records advocate. Now, the abrupt resignation of advocate Ginger McCall, who accused Brown’s general counsel of undue influence and unethical behavior, has blown up […].

InfoGov World Spring 2019 Magazine Available Now!

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AI Archives Artificial Intelligence Blockchain Breach Business CGOC CISO Disaster Recovery eDiscovery Education Facebook FOIA FTC GDPR IG News Infonomics Information Destruction Information Governance information privacy information security MER Microsoft Privacy Record Retention Records Management Risk News Benchmarks Cyber Security Heidi Maher IG InfoGov World Magazine Jason Baron John Isaza Nathaniel Palmer Nicolas Economou Oz Alashe Sonia Luna Spring 2019

Town destroyed majority of records sought in FOI request for severance costs

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FOIA IG News Information Destruction Information Governance Record Retention Records Management Risk News Storage destruction Retention Management retention schedule townby Chris Daponte ERIN – Town officials here say the municipality has destroyed the majority of records pertaining to an Advertiser freedom of information (FOI) request for severances paid to terminated employees. But they won’t say who destroyed them – or when.

Gorbea pushing to move historic state documents out of flood plain

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Archives Business FOIA IG News Information Governance Privacy Record Retention Records Management Risk News Storage Boxes Files Flood Zone Rhode IslandPROVIDENCE, R.I. WPRI) — Thousands of Rhode Island’s most historic documents sit in a rented building, and one of its features fills R.I. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea with anxiety.

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Personal Information of Millions of US Voters Available on Dark Web

Adam Levin

State and federal government officials have denied that the data was acquired via hacking and have maintained that the data was available through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). “[We] Databases containing the personal information of millions of U.S.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Scheduled Approved

National Archives Records Express

Even when an approved records disposition schedule is in place, agencies may not dispose of records that are needed for litigation or in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. treat a disposal of records subject to a FOIA request or a litigation hold as an unlawful or unauthorized destruction of records, which must be reported to NARA. . The FOIA and agency policy govern the right to access information in these executive branch agency records.

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UK: A recent prosecution for a criminal offence under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 illustrates how forgiving our Data Protection Act 2018 is

DLA Piper Privacy Matters

On 11 March 2020, the ICO brought its first successful conviction under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“ FOIA ”). Section 77 of the FOIA states a person “ is guilty of an offence if he alters, defaces, blocks, erases, destroys or conceals any record held by the public authority, with the intention of preventing the disclosure by that authority of all, or any part, of the information to the communication of which the applicant would have been entitled.”. Facts of the matter.

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UK: Greater Scrutiny for Public Sector Contractors: The ICO’s Proposals for Reform to the Freedom of Information Regime

DLA Piper Privacy Matters

The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ ICO “) has recently published a report detailing its recommendations for reform of the Freedom of Information Act (“ FOIA “) and the Environmental Information Regulations (“ EIR “). In the report the ICO calls to extend the scope of FOIA/EIR legislation to provide greater transparency on external suppliers to Government, noting the considerable impact they have on UK public life.

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Looking Forward to the 2018-2020 FACA Final

Archives Blogs

I am pleased to announce the members I have selected for the 2018-2020 term of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee. I was happy to renew the Committee’s charter for an additional two-year term (2018-2020) so that members may continue to address FOIA’s greatest challenges.

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Archives Records 2018 RMS Annual Meeting

The Schedule

The second speaker was Nate Jones, Director of the FOIA Project for the National Security Archive. ” In his role with the FOIA Project, he’s had numerous occasions to request records from NARA, so he began with a brief overview of records scheduling at the federal level.

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Request for Feedback on the Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements

National Archives Records Express

Adding language on FOIA requirements Adding language on digital preservation and digitization Adding the Calendar format recently added to the list of approved transfer formats. We released the Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements in August 2017. These requirements marked the first major milestone in the Federal Electronic Records Modernization Initiative (FERMI).

The Freedom of Information Act and Capstone

IGI

The following is an excerpt of a letter submitted to the National Archives and Records Administration by the IGI in response to a public hearing of the FOIA Advisory Committee to be held at the National Archives McGowan Theatre on October 19th, 2017. Both inside and outside government, the need to take control of email while providing access to critical information (whether for business of FOIA purposes) is only growing more challenging. Authored by Jason R.

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Release of Universal Electronic Records Management Requirements, Version 2

National Archives Records Express

Lifecycle Requirements : We added requirements on sustainability of records, FOIA, and customizing workflows.

The Functions of #eDiscovery

Information is Currency

People are hungry for information and submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request at a startling pace. We live in a very litigious age and the only way to be prepared for eDiscovery request whether via FOIA or a lawsuit is by having a strong Information Governance foundation. Once data is collected and acquired by either FOIA that is fulfilling the request or legal counsel it now needs to be processed.

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OP Glowing Symphony – How US military claims to have disrupted ISIS ‘s propaganda

Security Affairs

“Today the National Security Archive is releasing 6 USCYBERCOM documents obtained through FOIA which shed new light on the campaign to counter ISIS in cyberspace.”

Freedom of Information? Not Necessarily for Text Messages: eDiscovery Trends

eDiscovery Daily

What percentage of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests actually result in receiving all of the information requested? The top four reasons SMS/Text records are NOT captured are: 1) Don’t currently have budget this year, 2) SMS/text isn’t required to be retained by law, 3) Waiting for Capstone/FOIA guidance, 4) Existing capture technologies are too complicated. Last year, Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation jumped 26 percent over the previous year.

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Public Panels Scheduled Next Week to Discuss Priorities in Declassification Review

Archives Blogs

NDC officials will join a panel with representatives of NARA’s Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) , and Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) , as well as from several IC agencies to discuss using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to request records from the IC. Established under the OPEN Government Act of 2007, OGIS reviews FOIA policies, procedures, and compliance across the Federal Government, and mediates FOIA disputes between Federal agencies and requesters.

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U.S. Congress Releases Compromise Bill on Cybersecurity Information Sharing

Hunton Privacy

On December 16, 2015, leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate released a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that contained cybersecurity information sharing language that is based on a compromise between the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which passed in the Senate in October, and two cybersecurity information sharing bills that passed in the House earlier this year.

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New law imposes disclosure requirements on software licensors

Data Protection Report

Moreover, if the person is a US person or affiliate, the person must disclose whether he or she has ever sought or currently holds a license under the Export Administration Regulations (EARs) or International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITARs), as such disclosures are exempt from FOIA or corresponding state access to information laws.

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SAA/CoSA/NAGARA 2018 recap: Session 204

The Schedule

Benefits for FOIA and E-Discovery. PageFreezer’s digital signatures, history audits, and complete metadata satisfy Open Records requirements such as FOIA, ensuring that records meet legal requirements for e-discovery.

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