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Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear arguments in record redaction lawsuit

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments this month on whether police can redact information gleaned from driver data from reports released to the public.

A federal appeals court ruled in 2012 that the village of Palatine, Illinois, violated the federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act by leaving a parking ticket on a resident's car listing his personal information. Continue>>>

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for October 25, 2013

From NFOIC:  A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.

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Texas AG says some redacted info can be released

From Temple Daily Telegram: Following an early July visit to the Bell County Sheriff’s Department to get copies of new jail administrator Nancy Botkin’s personnel file as part of a Public Information Act request, in September I received a mailed letter from the Texas Attorney General’s office regarding certain information that the sheriff’s office had redacted.

The information that was requested, with certain redactions, was mailed on July 9, within 10 days of the information request.

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FBI complies with FOIA request with blacked-out pages

From Yahoo! News:

The FBI and the American Civil Liberties Union seem to have very different interpretations of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

As surfaced by the website Arstechnica, the FBI recently complied with a request from the civil rights organization—sort of.

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Google privacy audit leaves lingering questions

From Information Week:

Privacy rights group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) recently released the “Initial Assessment Report on Google’s Privacy Program,” which is an audit conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), dated June 22, 2012. EPIC obtained the report via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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Justice Dept. must turn over full gang records

From Courthouse News:

SEATTLE, Wash. (CN) – A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to remove redactions from records that track violent gangs and terrorist organizations, and gave the agency two weeks to hand over the files to the ACLU.

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