NJ Supreme Court: Public Records Metadata Are Themselves Public Records

November 7, 2017 10:20 AM

The Supreme Court of New Jersey unanimously held that electronic metadata, including email fields for “sender,” “recipient,” “date,” and “subject,” pertaining to electronically stored public records are themselves subject to disclosure under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). The ruling overturned an intermediate appellate court holding that such metadata amounted to the creation of a new document, exceeding the requirements of the OPRA. Read more...