Michigan ACLU denied request for FBI records on race, ethnic data use

From MLive.com:  A federal appeals panel denied a request by the Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union for information on the FBI's use of data on race and ethnicity in targeting investigations.

The ACLU had filed suit in U.S. District Court after a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI was denied. The ACLU was seeking information on how the FBI is collecting and categorizing demographic data to analyze potential threats. The FBI was allowed to use that data in 2010, according to the Department of Justice.

The district court upheld the denial, saying the FBI properly relied on exemptions from the disclosure law that allow withholding information that could jeopardize national security or interfere with law enforcement activities. The ACLU appealed the decision to the Sixth Circuit.

In a unanimous decision, the three-judge appeals court upheld the denial …

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