Title

Government stewardship of online information: FOIA requirements and other considerations

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2008

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the specific issue of the federal Freedom of Information Act and associated state and local freedom of information laws. While full of good intentions regarding openness in government, the statutes have increasingly been applied to circumstances when individuals or organizations seek government records for legal or business purposes. As such, confidential business information and private personal information are both vulnerable when data are in government hands. Given the maze of exemptions and agency interpretations regarding freedom of information requests, the circumstances are both highly variable and unpredictable. Better understanding of the statutes and their interpretations will help individuals and organizations make better decisions regarding data interactions with various levels of government. © 2009, IGI Global.

Publication Name

Online Consumer Protection: Theories of Human Relativism

First Page

310

Last Page

325

DOI

10.4018/978-1-60566-012-7.ch016

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